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With just over a month until Michelin releases Chicago’s 2014 guide I am making my predictions. The only newly starred restaurant to garner more than one star will be Grace (which I predict will debut as a two star venue – and has strong potential for three down the road). For now Alinea will remain as Chicago’s only Three Star venue.

Regarding currently starred venues moving up there are three one star venues I feel have a shot: Moto, Sixteen and Goosefoot – these seem to be clearly above other one star venues. Moto and Sixteen in particular I feel have shown significant improvement in food quality during the past two years. Goosefoot has the best tasting food of the bunch (the main criteria for Michelin stars) but much more laid back service and ambiance and no wine program. If I had to add a fourth to this group it would be Tru, but I do not see Michelin elevating more than one or two (and possibly none) and feel Tru is not quite up there with Moto, Sixteen and Goosefoot.

There are a handful of new venues that I feel will earn one star; I am most confident about The Lobby at the Peninsula (such incredible food from Chef Lee Wolen) and Elizabeth (one of the most enjoyable, whimsical and unique dining venues I have experienced). Chicago has seen several new high quality Asian venues open fairly recently (Embeya, Yusho, Sumi Robata, Juno and Kabocha being most notable); I think there is a good chance Michelin stars the venue they deem to be the best of this crop – in my opinion Embeya edges out the competition. Senza is a bit under the radar, but I am predicting them as a dark horse for a star. Out of the venues that were snubbed in 2012 I think the only one with a good chance of earning a star this time is El Ideas. I rarely dine in the suburbs, so I am not sure if I am missing out on any potential venues that may be in line for a star from outside the city limits.

I feel that Graham Elliot is the only of the multi-starred restaurants that will be demoted. I was rather surprised with their elevation to Two Stars last year. With the departure of Chef Brochu, the departure of their GM and with Graham Elliot focused on expansion that may be enough for Michelin to bump them back down to One Star.

My prediction is that no current One Star venue loses its star, though some have a small chance. Based on past history Michelin seems to view restaurants expanding as a red flag (i.e. Vie’s losing a star last year). As such Naha has some risk and for this reason I also think that Brindille will not be starred – though I think Naha is on solid enough ground to retain its star. Acadia seems to have some consistency issues (though should prevail). Schwa has some risk; when Schwa is on the food has multi star potential – yet Schwa often can be so chaotic that I can see an inspector having a disastrous experience. Chef Carlson has also spent significant time away from the kitchen this year. Nevertheless I think Schwa will hold onto its star and is such a unique venue that can be mind blowing that I hope it does. Takashi, Mexique and Longman and Eagle I felt were the weakest of the One Stars last year; Takashi now faces several new, high caliber Asian venues as competition, Mexique had Chef Gaytan away for periods of time as a Top Chef contestant and the Longman & Eagle team has been working on other projects. I think all three will retain their star, but if Michelin was to take stars away these would be the venues I would be least surprised about.

My Predictions:

Three Star:
Alinea

Two Star:
L2O
Grace

At Least One Star, Chance for Two:
Moto
Sixteen
Goosefoot

Solid One Star:
Tru
Everest
Topolobampo
Spiaggia
Boka
Blackbird
Sepia

One Star, Small Risk of Demotion:
Acadia
Naha
Schwa
Takashi
Longman & Eagle
Mexique

New One Star:
Lobby at the Peninsula (Likely)
Elizabeth (Likely)
Embeya (Somewhat Likely)
El Ideas (Somewhat Likely)
Senza (Dark Horse)

Demotions:
Graham Elliot down to One Star

Snubbed Again:
Next
North Pond
Les Nomades
MK
Girl & the Goat
Lula Cafe

I am curious to hear other people's predictions or thoughts.

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  1. L20 - wouldn't surprise me if they jumped to 3*. I dined there shortly after Gras left (when they were 3*) and again this July and I think it is better now than before. Based on the July meal (we're flying in to do it again in November, just to be sure) I think L20 is roughly equivalent to other Michelin 3*s Meadowood, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges and better than Daniel.

    Also saw L20 was rated # 18 in the world in one of those "World's Best Restaurants" rankings, so maybe their time has come.

    Grace - either one or two would not surprise me. Maybe we hit them on an off night (at least two other Chowhounders who were there the same week also felt it was overrated a bit). It's rare for a completely new place to jump above 1* the first time they are rated, but perhaps the inspectors are giving the chef credit for running a 2* restaurant at Avenues? Who knows how Michelin thinks on these things.

    Good post for discussion though :) Thanks for the write-up.

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    1. re: willyum

      I have to make it in to L2O again; I was there when it was technically three stars, but Chef Gras had recently left, so they were in a transition period. That would be nice if Chicago had at least a second three star venue.

      1. re: Gonzo70

        I will be very interested in the response to Elizabeth, and am not as confident as you are about the star. While I am rooting for Iliana and find her extremely talented, inspiring and endearing, I believe the restaurant experienced some significant growing pains throughout the year, and the front-of-the house did not always match the outstanding food. She has clearly paid attention and learned a great deal along the journey, so even if star-free this year I would maintain hope for the award next time.

        Next is the restaurant I believe most-deserving of a star or two and least likely to get any. I suspect Michelin will continue to dig in it's heels and have excuses like the problems obtaining tickets, although they are no longer difficult to score and many of the starred restaurants throughout the world are much harder to gain entry. I will repeat my opinion that I believe they, and to a certain extent Phil Vettel, do themselves a disservice by continuing to promote the concept that it is a "new restaurant every four months." It isn't. It is the same restaurant, with a menu that changes, as do the menus at many of the places on the list. The standard for multiple visits could then be met over a year, rather than within each season, and that is relatively simple.

        The distinction between Bib Gourmand and 1-stars is another myestery. L&E getting a star and GATG a Bib are the two that seem the most similar to me and in different award categories. Because of that, I predict Yusho for Bib, although it is one of my favorite restaurants in town and I'd love to see a star. I'd also like to see some praise for Maude's, but am not hopeful.

        Some of your "Solid One Star's" feel tired to me, but since your post is about predictions not opinions I won't name names. Arun's is a restaurant I believe was snubbed in the first go-round, along with Les Nomades, but I think they are winding down and not likely to draw new acclaim.

        Thanks for the thread. We hope to share some starry nights dining with you and Mrs Gonzo in the next year.

        1. re: GourmetWednesday

          Thanks for the comments; hope you guys are doing well. :)

          Elizabeth will be interesting; Michelin stars supposedly are all about the food (and not service or ambiance) so as long as the FOH issues you referenced did not impact the food quality they likely would be overlooked. I have had the privilege of enjoying four excellent dinners at Elizabeth and am really pulling for Iliana and think a star is deserved. If it is not awarded this year, she is becoming better each season and has potential to keep improving - so a star down the road is a strong possibility.

          Agree with you on Next. Other venues such as Sixteen completely change the menu multiple times per year and feel Next should not be penalized for this. While I think they should have received two stars from the get to, if anything I feel they have slipped a bit this year (haven't made it to Bocuse yet though) and don't see Michelin changing their position.

          1. re: Gonzo70

            http://eater.com/archives/2013/11/08/...

      2. re: willyum

        Michelin's and San Pellegrino's rankings are not always correlated. Noma and Mugaritz which have been in the top 10 are both 2 starred restaurants. Although now that you have said that, I'm intrigued with visiting L2O. lol. I just hate wearing a jacket.

        1. re: sunbrace

          >>> I'm intrigued with visiting L2O. lol. I just hate wearing a jacket.

          Last time we visited about 1/2 of the male diners just wore open collared shirts, no jackets or ties. "Business casual" I guess. On the website they do say "Jackets are suggested for gentlemen" but most of us dining that night weren't gentlemen, including me.

          >>> Michelin's and San Pellegrino's rankings are not always correlated.

          Yeah, there are always some head-scratchers on those "Best of" lists ... Pellegrino currently has EMP ranked as the # 1 restaurant in the USA but even the Manhattan ChowHounders (where EMP gets lots of love) would probably agree that EMP is not better than Per Se. And after seven meals at the 3 restaurants I'd pick Alinea over Per Se over EMP.

          Lot of trendy picks on Pellegrino, like 'Nordic forager cuisine'.

          And the list I mentioned, that has Alinea # 1 and L20 # 18 in the world, has Manhattan restaurant Daniel # 3 in the world and I personally think it's no higher than # 5 just in Manhattan, based on nine meals I've had there and at Per Se, EMP, Le Bernardin and Jean Georges.

          So it goes ... :) Most of us use the lists as a starting point and then pick what sounds best for our individual tastes. Going to Spain next week and while I've wanted to go to El Celler for a couple of years now, once they got to # 1 on Pellegrino it takes 11 months to get a reservation so I can't get in.

          But on the west coast swing we're skipping # 4 (Mugaritz) and # 8 (Arzak) to dine at Azurmendi, which isn't even on the Pellegrino list but which sounds like a better fit for our tastes (and is rated as the best restaurant in Spain by Andy Hayler, whom I trust ... most of the time :). Maybe the wrong choice, but we'll find out soon enough.

      3. I'm still rooting for Girl and the Goat for a star. That's been a head scratcher for me. Moto is likely to get another star just based on the tweets I've seen from Michelin. I believe it said something like every single dish they had wowed them. Senza may possibly get a star as well based on their tweets. I'm also hoping for The Lobby to get at least a star as well but that's my dark horse. Their tweets on the restaurant seemed to focus more on the songs being played by the string duo than the food themselves.

        1. I would be very happy to see if Michelin can give us a Chicago version of Tim Ho Wan. Some place cheap to moderately priced but still delicious. If I may add another one in the snubbed again category: Ruxbin

          Gonzo70: I'm curious as to why you think Schwa has a small risk of losing their star. I dined there a couple of months ago and thought their food was better than Sepia's or Goosefoot's. But, that's just me.

          Willyum: Thanks for the dress code tip for L2O. I'll definitely put that in my places to eat for next year list. Hope it is the same for Tru. If you intend to spend money in another Lettuce Entertain You establishment such as L2O, may I suggest that you open a frequent diner club card with them. That way, you can at least get a gift card after you spend an x amount of $$$. I'll be in Spain after you I think so I would appreciate it if you could post your thoughts in the Spain board. I was hoping to get into Azurmendi as well but they are closed on Mondays,as are most of the others I wanted to try. Will you be in Barcelona on Oct 29?

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          1. re: sunbrace

            Regarding Schwa they have some of the best food anywhere much of the time, but because the kitchen is often partying hard there can be inconsistencies (something Michelin judges). Michelin also has commented part of why they snubbed Next is difficulty obtaining tickets - Schwa can be hard to reserve (and cancels on short notice more than any other restaurant I know of). Michelin also commented El Ideas didn't get starred because of a customer's behavior while plating food; Schwa has a lot of interaction with customers (sometimes hanging out in the kitchen) so this could arise. Finally Chef Carlson this past year has been taking a fair amount of time off. Those are the reasons I feel there is a small chance they lose the star, but I consider Schwa among Chicago's best (and definitely most interesting) venues and think (and hope) they retain their star.

            1. re: sunbrace

              @sunbrace "Willyum: I'll be in Spain after you I think so I would appreciate it if you could post your thoughts in the Spain board. ... Will you be in Barcelona on Oct 29?" <<<

              Just got back, will post about Sant Pau, Extanobe (Bilbao), Azurmendi, Lasarte and Alkimia on the Spain board. Short version is 'no bad meals, really no bad dishes ... go for the seafood and mushrooms every chance you get ... wine is really inexpensive.'

              Believe it or not I'll be in Chicago Oct 29 (even though we live in Arizona). Three nights for Topolo, L20 and, on my birthday, Alinea.

              Have a great trip to Spain.

              1. re: willyum

                That is a great line up and wonderful way to celebrate a birthday.

            2. L20 may be currently as good as Meadowood, Le Bernardin, and Jean Georges. But, L20 under Gras was better than all other US three stars, including Keller. Go back and look at Gras' menus...

              1. Here are my two cents.

                More Likely to Happen
                - New
                o 1 star: Elizabeth, Brindille, The Lobby, Senza
                o 2 stars: Grace
                - Changes
                o promotion: Sixteen, Moto

                Less Likely to Happen but Still Possible
                - New
                o 1 star: EL ideas, Masaki
                - Changes
                o promotion: Tru
                o demotion: Mexique

                Personally, I really hope EL ideas gets a star. They deserve it.

                1. I doubt Mexique will be demoted. The food has been top notch there this year aside from a few hiccups while Carlos was absent. I do not think the Michelin team will be very keen on taking away a star from the very first Mexican chef ever. I think he has one more year before being at risk of demotion

                  1. Strictly based on my tastes:

                    Three Stars:
                    Grace
                    TRU
                    L2O

                    Two Stars:
                    Alinea
                    Moto

                    One Star:
                    Everest
                    Topolobampo
                    Naha
                    Blackbird
                    Sixteen

                    I know the list won't be like this, but still it's my ball game at least here and now!
                    LOL

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                    1. re: kosmose7

                      Only 10 star-worthy restaurants in the whole city? You're tough!

                    2. Here are my thoughts, for what they are worth:

                      I was SORELY disappointed with Boka. Off.
                      Mexique and Naha are very mediocre. They both have a nice atmosphere and have decent food. So I wouldn't mind them sticking around.
                      I know everyone is in love with Blackbird, but it was totally overrated.
                      Sixteen and Moto should def move up.
                      I have yet to eat at Schwa (it is a horrendous reservation process, and seriously gets tiring trying to get in). I think it may have a chance of moving down because of their arrogance.
                      I have reservations at Acadia for next month, but I have not heard particularly great things.
                      I LOVED Takashi! I thought the atmosphere was great, and the food was fairly outstanding. It should stay.
                      Goosefoot is one of the best restaurants in the city. Should stay or move up.
                      Spaggia and topolabampo are solid. Stay.
                      Tru and Everest are solid. Stay.

                      As for L20 and GE, L20 is wavering, but I think it will stay. GE has gone through too much and it's overrated. Go.

                      Now, for my additions. Why is Girl and the Goat not a star?!?! So I ate at every Bib Gourmand restaurant in the city (sorry, suburbs) this year. It was BY FAR the best. I was very leery because of the hype. BUT THERE IS A REASON. It's fantastic. I also loved Balena. I don't think it would have a chance, but it should IMO.

                      Lula is always a solid choice, but they got kicked off the Bib Gourmand so I am not sure.

                      I have heard excellent rumblings about both Elizabeth and Grace. And El Ideas. So we will see. Embeya and Yusho would also be good guesses. And I completely agree with Senza. It is completely out of place, it is too new. But I would put money on it as my gimpy Daddy Long Legs.

                      That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Can't wait until the announcements!!!!

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                      1. re: Haydengolfer

                        I agree with nearly everything you stated other than Boka; sorry you had a bum experience there. That is one of my top ten favorite restaurants in Chicago and have had several consistently excellent meals there - hopefully you give them another chance down the road.

                        Schwa is a bit of a pain to reserve, but they have been a little better of late. If you want to give them a shot, try calling on a day they are open (Tuesday to Saturday) at approximately 2pm-3pm. I have had good success reaching a live person at around that time period without too much hassle. While at times they can be inconsistent, when they are on (which is often) it can be in the caliber of a memorable, top ten dining experience.

                        1. re: Gonzo70

                          Ya well to be fair, we went to Boka during restaurant week. But it wasn't busy. So it shoulda been better.

                          I'm looking forward to Schwa so I wish they would come around!

                          1. re: Haydengolfer

                            I have had some subpar experiences at venues during Restaurant Week and Chef Week; seems like the servers are in a bad mood as their tips are significantly less that week and possibly due to dealing with a customer base they are not used to dealing with. Also the food just is not often typical of what you receive during a normal week at the higher end venues that participate. Not an excuse - if a restaurant participates IMHO they should give patrons a typical experience, but does appear to be reality. Senza was the exception; went there for my first time during Restaurant Week or Chef Week (forget which one) and they were outstanding, but been to three other upscale venues and it seemed like an off night compared to the normal experience.

                        2. re: Haydengolfer

                          Is allum in chicago just terrible because I want to know a good five star hotel in chcago for a foodie.

                          1. re: Chadsie

                            No it isn't terrible. I would say it is somewhat similar to Deka in the Ritz, Balsan in the Waldorf-Astoria, The Lobby in the Peninsula or NoMI Kitchen in the Park-Hyatt. All of these places had higher end restaurants in them at one point and all have gone away with the high end type of place.

                            Its been a while since I've eaten at these places but all are perfectly fine, more than serviceable, good to very good but not great Michelin starred type of places. I've dined in the Lobby at the Peninsula, NoMI Kitchen and Deca in the last year or so.

                            1. re: HoosierFoodie

                              The Lobby is now Michelin starred - and much deserved IMHO, Chef Wolen is cooking some of the best food in Chicago right now and the staff at The Lobby is wonderful. However Chef is leaving in mid December so it may drop off for a while unless they replace him with an equally talented chef (not an easy task).

                              1. re: Gonzo70

                                I forgot that the Lobby was starred but as you say they the Chef is leaving.

                                I also forgot 16 in The Trump but I have not stayed at the Trump. I am sure the hotel is nice.

                        3. Oh yes! I totally forgot about Sepia! Fantastic. I loved it. Please God do not let it lose it's star.

                          And I agree with Ruxbin. It should get a star :)

                          1. I will only make predictions on the ones that I have so far been to this year:

                            3 stars:
                            Sixteen
                            Grace
                            Goosefoot

                            2 stars:
                            Alinea
                            Elizabeth
                            Graham Elliot
                            L2O

                            1 Star:
                            Boka
                            Ruxbin
                            The Lobby
                            Tru

                            Drop a star:
                            Sepia
                            Blackbird
                            Alinea
                            Spiaggia
                            Mexique

                            No star:
                            Next

                            1. The 2014 Bib Gourmand list was released today: There were a fair amount of changes with several dropping off, but even more venues being added than were cut: http://www.michelintravel.com/micheli...

                              As a restaurant cannot be both Bib Gourmand & Michelin starred, it provides some insight into what will happen next week (the results will officially be released on Tuesday November 12th for Chicago - though restaurants receiving stars have already been contacted). Girl & the Goat and Lula Cafe both received Bib Gourmand, so they will not be starred this year. Interestingly the Bristol was removed from Bib Gourmand status; while I have not dined there recently I have heard nothing but good things from friends - I am hoping they were removed because they are receiving a star versus that Michelin found they have declined. Juno was added as a new Bib Gourmand restaurant, so they also are out of the running for a star this year. Some suburban venues were added. I was glad to see Ann Sathers removed as IMHO there were many more deserving restaurants.

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                              1. re: Gonzo70

                                Ann Sathers is closing at the end of the year. Ald Tom Tunney, who owns 2 of them, has sold his properties where the restaurants are located.

                                It also looks like The Lobby has a very slim chance now of receiving a star after its chef, Lee Wolen, announced that he'll be leaving in December.
                                http://chicago.eater.com/archives/201...

                                1. re: sunbrace

                                  I do not think it will impact the Lobby's chances this year; I believe that Michelin likely already made their decision before it was announced Chef Wolen was departing (hopefully they would not decide to pull the star based on this news if they had already intended to award the star). It definitely will make it difficult for them to retain the star next year unless they higher a talented replacement as Chef Wolen is a rapidly rising star and will not be easily replaced.

                                  1. re: Gonzo70

                                    I think Mexique not being on the Bib list all but guarantees that it will receive a star this year.

                                    1. re: jbrady3324

                                      Mexique had a star last year, http://www.choosechicago.com/articles...
                                      It was Bib Gourmande before that.

                                      1. re: masha

                                        Yes I know. I was referring to the posts above that think mexique would not receive a star this year

                                        1. re: jbrady3324

                                          Ok, sorry. I'd read those comments earlier, they were collapsed when I saw your post, and I'd forgotten them.

                                          1. re: masha

                                            No problem!

                                    2. re: Gonzo70

                                      I am just wondering is the the 5 star 5 diamond hotel's lobby ???

                                2. Here are Time Out Chicago's predictions: http://www.timeoutchicago.com/restaur...

                                  1. I also would like to know where you think a foodie should go in Chicago

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                                    1. re: Chadsie

                                      What type of food are you interested in and what type of budget?

                                      1. re: Gonzo70

                                        I am looking for per se ish dining and boule ish dining

                                        1. re: Chadsie

                                          You mean Bouley in NYC?

                                          Might be better to start a new thread with your budget, number in your party, and when you're going to be in Chicago.

                                          Alinea has already put up tix through the end of February. A few restaurants in Chicago do book months in advance. Ex:
                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897776

                                          1. re: kathryn

                                            I know Bouley is in NYC I am looking for something like that or The Modern in terms of quality and also for the big event something like per se

                                            1. re: Chadsie

                                              You wrote "boule" which is why I asked for clarification.

                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                I was not trying to be rude I thought you thought I was confused what I was looking for LOL

                                          2. re: Chadsie

                                            I do not think any venue in Chicago is similar to Per Se. Per Se is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the country - so in terms of that comparison Alinea would be comparable (also considered one of the best) - but very different style of cuisines (Alinea is ultra modern/progressive) and different ambiance (more of a whimsical dining experience) and service (a bit more laid back, but still very attentive and polished). Grace (a fairly new venue) would be a bit more similar to a meal at Per Se, but still definitely a significant number of differences. Goosefoot will provide similar quality food as Per Se IMHO, but is a much more laid back and casual environment and has no wine program (is BYOB) - reservations are also quite difficult at Goosefoot but not that bad at Grace and Alinea with a little advance planning (Alinea you pre-pay for non-refundable tickets in lieu of reservations). Tru, Moto and L20 would also deserve mention as some of Chicago's best fine dining venues with L2O being worth considering if you want a seafood heavy meal, Moto is somewhat similar in style to Alinea (ultra modern cuisine) and Tru is Contemporary American - all of these can generally easily be booked via OpenTable; while excellent venues (especially Moto IMHO) they are very different from Per Se.

                                            As for Bouley probably the most similar venues in Chicago would be Les Nomades and Everest; these are not favorites of mine but definitely have their fans. Everest has very nice views of the Chicago from some of the tables (it is located on the 40th floor of a downtown building).

                                            1. re: Gonzo70

                                              Time to brag I have been to per se French laundry quay and fat duck

                                      2. Alinea remains the only 3*; L2O and Graham Elliot are joined by Grace and Sixteen as 2*. 1* release still pending. Chicago will have four 2* venues for the first time (at least until Graham shutters at the end of the year).

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                                        1. re: Gonzo70

                                          Is this official? When do the ones come out? Graham will open again in the spring tho.

                                          1. re: Haydengolfer

                                            Appears to be official; ones will be later today. Graham Elliot is stating he will open a new restaurant next year, but it will not be the same restaurant/concept as the current venue and will not even be at the same location - so he will be starting from scratch next year in terms of Michelin stars.

                                            1. re: Gonzo70

                                              Oh interesting! I missed that... I may have to go to Graham before it closes then...

                                              1. re: Gonzo70

                                                do you know when it exactly closing nxt year

                                                1. re: Chadsie

                                                  They are having a big New Years Eve bash and that will be the last night. He is hoping to open the new restaurant in spring of 2014.

                                          2. Not sure if this has been posted yet:
                                            Three Stars Alinea

                                            Two Stars Graham Elliot (+1*) L2O (+1*)

                                            One Star Acadia* Blackbird Boka Everest Goosefoot* Longman & Eagle Mexique* Moto Naha Schwa Sepia Sixteen* Spiaggia Takashi Topolobampo Tru

                                            * - new since at least last year

                                            1. So happy to see El Ideas, Senza, Elizabeth and the Lobby all receive stars; love these restaurants! North Pond received a star too. Not sure if more will be released or if that is it for new stars - still holding out hope for Embeya! Congratulations to all the venues receiving stars. IMHO Michelin did a much better job this year; I don't agree with everything (and really wish Moto and Goosefoot were elevated to two stars) but overall am fairly pleased.

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                                              1. re: Gonzo70

                                                Gonzo, can you please post the whole list? Apparently it was in the Sun Times earlier, and they took it down.

                                                1. re: masha

                                                  Sun Times had posted the 2* & 3* only (early this morning); the full list of 1* is not out yet but @MichelinGuideCH has tweeted several. The full list is expected to be published at 3:30pm central time.

                                                  1. re: Gonzo70

                                                    They just tweeted that there are 25 total starred restaurants - since they announced Senza, Elizabeth, Grace, The Lobby, El Ideas and North Pond as new ones - it appears as though all 19 venues from last year retained status as a starred venue (with Sixteen moving from one to two - others staying put) as that would be 25.

                                                    That would make the list as follows:

                                                    3 Star:
                                                    Alinea

                                                    2 Star:
                                                    Grace
                                                    Graham Elliot
                                                    L2O
                                                    Sixteen

                                                    1 Star:
                                                    Acadia
                                                    Blackbird
                                                    Boka
                                                    El Ideas
                                                    Elizabeth
                                                    Everest
                                                    Goosefoot
                                                    Longman & Eagle
                                                    Mexique
                                                    Moto
                                                    Naha
                                                    North Pond
                                                    Schwa
                                                    Senza
                                                    Sepia
                                                    Spiaggia
                                                    Takashi
                                                    The Lobby
                                                    Topolobampo
                                                    Tru

                                                    1. re: Gonzo70

                                                      I see only 24 on your list

                                                      1. re: Grngrs

                                                        Good catch- I forgot Spiaggia (and will edit my post to include them).

                                                        1. re: Gonzo70

                                                          Just wondering - as a seasoned Chicago diner, do you agree with this list? Any notable omissions?

                                                          1. re: peter j

                                                            I think overall Michelin did better than they did during previous years with Chicago. The changes I would make if I were in charge would be the following:

                                                            *Add the following as One Star: Next & Embeya
                                                            *Promote Moto & Goosefoot to Two Star
                                                            *Promote Grace to Three Star
                                                            *Demote Graham Elliot to One Star
                                                            *Remove Mexique, Longman & Eagle and perhaps Takashi; all really good venues but IMHO there are probably at least another 25 venues of similar quality (or even greater quality) out there such as MK, the Bristol, Brindille, Perennial Virant, Lula Cafe, Les Nomades, iNG, Juno, Kabocha, Yusho, Publican, Purple Pig etc.

                                                            1. re: Gonzo70

                                                              all guides like the Michelin Guide are 'political'. Michelin tends to like certain things and dislike certain things. But it is weird they tend to rate countries like Japan that have a very different approach to food then France. Michelin is not a god you need to take all guides with a grain of salt.

                                                          2. re: Gonzo70

                                                            is one the best Italian venues in the country