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Schwa

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Alinea

Both Schwa and Alinea are recommended by professional travelers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most professionals compared to Schwa. Alinea is ranked #1 in Chicago with positive reviews from 15 reviewers including Gayot, concierge.com and Lonely Planet.

Both Schwa and Alinea are recommended by professional travelers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most professionals compared to Schwa. Alinea is ranked #1 in Chicago with positive reviews from 15 reviewers including Gayot, concierge.com and Lonely Planet.

tripexpert score
85
#20 in Chicago
location

1466 N Ashland, Chicago, IL

endorsements
  • 12 endorsements
  • 22

    BlackBook

    The lackluster Microsoft-Word-looking logotype announcing the corny name on the dingy awning above the stained fabric port-hole door belies the culinary genius of Michael Carlson.

  • 14

    Concierge

    Carlson's artfully displayed entrées... are so good we'd eat them on the curb in front of the tire shop across the street.

  • 21

    Gayot 16.0

    Blink and you'll miss Michael Carlson's contemporary, minimal (some would say barren) BYO storefront. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    The fact that chef Michael Carlson worked at Alinea is apparent in his avant-garde, nine-course menu that redefines American comfort food via such dishes as apple-pie soup. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

    First-timers who have survived the byzantine reservation process to score a seat at Schwa shouldn't be taken aback by the graffiti-tagged exterior. 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.

  • 14

    Concierge

    Rising star and culinary rocket scientist Grant Achatz (formerly of Trio and Napa's French Laundry) raises the bar on New American cooking at his techno-chic Lincoln Park restaurant.

  • 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 →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

    Alinea captivates diners for nearly 20 moving, transformative courses that often require their participation and humor-"Eat with your fingers here...Use nothing here". Full Review →

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