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Blackbird

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Alinea

Both establishments are rated highly by travel writers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most writers compared to Blackbird. Alinea scores 98 with accolades from 15 publications like Not For Tourists, The Infatuation and concierge.com.

Both establishments are rated highly by travel writers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most writers compared to Blackbird. Alinea scores 98 with accolades from 15 publications like Not For Tourists, The Infatuation and concierge.com.

tripexpert score
84
#38 in Chicago
location

619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

endorsements
  • 11 endorsements
  • 22

    BlackBook

    Paul Kahan won the James Beard Foundation's 2004 award for Best Chef Midwest and the consistently huge crowds at this nicely appointed room know it.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Being cramped next to your neighbor has never been as fun as it is at this hot spot run by award winning chef Paul Kahan. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Chef Paul Kahan's Blackbird looks like a contemporary art gallery, an appropriate image for a place that creates miniature masterpieces out of traditional American ingredients. Full Review →

  • 21

    Gayot 15.0

    This high-flyer on the West Side's restaurant row draws patrons as hip as its austerely architectural setting. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    This buzzy, chic dining destination for Chicago’s young and wealthy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, notably seasonal menu. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Chicago

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

  • 17 endorsements
  • 22

    BlackBook

    The gem in Chicago’s molecular gastronomy crown, Alinea is a prix fixe tour de force of carefully composed culinary microcraft by award-winning chef Grant Achatz.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    If you have four hours and $265 to spare, the 18-course tasting menu that showcases Grant Achatz's stunning, cutting-edge food is a fantastic experience. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Alinea -- anointed the best restaurant in the country by no less than Gourmet magazine -- is a place no serious foodie should miss. Full Review →

  • 21

    Gayot 18.0

    The experience begins at the doorstep when one enters into a post-post-modern, bare set-up, evocative of a museum of modern art. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Widely regarded as North America's best restaurant, Alinea – helmed by Beard Award–winner Grant Achatz – brings on 20 courses of mind-bending molecular gastronomy. Full Review →

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