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Jul 13, 2010 09:49 AM

Chicago Michelin Guide in the Works

According to Crain's Chicago Business, Michelin is in the process of preparing it's iconic guide for Chicago restaurants and hotels. It's the third U.S. city that Michelin has taken on - the other two being New York and San Francisco.

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  1. If it happens ... it makes sense.

    1. Michelin has also rated Las Vegas and Los Angeles, although they were not done in 2010 for budget reasons.

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      1. re: ChemWork

        Michelin discontinued the guides at LA and LV for supposedly economic reasons (the guides weren't selling well?). I wonder if they will be resumed, seeing that Michelin has the will to add Chicago to their US collection.

      2. Chicago is certainly deserving of the recognition. Any early predictions?

        I would have a tough time imagining them targeting a new city if they weren't going to put a new *trois ├ętoiles* on the map... But aside from that, how about on merit? Alinea - 2 or 3 stars?

        1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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        1. re: ramenbound

          Alinea will assuredly get three.

          Everything else is gets more interesting.

          1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

          1. re: ramenbound

            I definitely think the presence of a 3-star seems to be very important for non-European Michelin guides. Although LA was a prominent exception - it had no 3-star restaurants (although I think that Urasawa was getting there...).

            1. re: mountsac

              Never been to Urasawa - but I think Providence teeters on the 2-3star border.


          2. There's an interview with the worldwide director of the Michelin guides in the new Dish column from Chicago magazine. It's not yet on their website at