I'm going to be spending a weekend in Chicago in April and would love to get a reservation at Alinea for either Friday or Saturday night. Can someone please advise me on the best way to do this? And what is the likelihood that I will actually be able to get one?
They take reservations on the first of every month for 2 months out, so April will open up on February 1. Be tenacious and you will probably get lucky. You can also get on the waiting list for a particular evening. On our recent visit (a Saturday night several weeks back) we were surprised that a table was wide open for the entire duration of our meal; they seated a party there as we were leaving.
IIRC, Alinea accepts reservations startingat 10:00 a.m. Central Time on the first weekday of the month, for the entire month beginning two months later.
So they will start accepting reservations for the entire month of April on February 1st. You'll probably want to book ASAP as they fill up fast.