Cuisine: American, New American
Price Range: $$$$
The Alinea, or paragraph mark, signals the start of a new train of thought. The restaurant Alinea has been revolutionizing dinner since 2005 and it's the only restaurant in Chicago to retain... Read More
The Alinea, or paragraph mark, signals the start of a new train of thought. The restaurant Alinea has been revolutionizing dinner since 2005 and it's the only restaurant in Chicago to retain three-star Michelin status. Chef Grant Achatz' intersection of art and science draws culinary enthusiasts worldwide wanting to sample one-of-a-kind plates that change constantly on the 20-course menu. The all-small courses may arrive on pillows inflated with lavender air, mini pedestals or wire hangers. It's dinner as theater, best appreciated by open minds and deep pockets. The first-floor Gallery experience is offered in two "showings" per night for parties of two or four only. The Kitchen Table, for parties of six, is the most intimate and cutting-edge experience. Three salons offer a multi-course tasting menu for parties of two, four or six. Book anything two months in advance online and leave the kids with a sitter.
- Best Restaurants: "If you're in town alone know that there's only one booking per night for a single diner at 8 p.m. in the Salon."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Alinea creates a hallucination of culinary genius - it's art, it's science and it's unforgettable.