Chicago Michelin Guide Reveals New Stars, Best Restaurants on Rebound

If rich Americans got richer during the pandemic, consider the Chicago restaurant scene an indicator, at least according to Michelin. 

The international restaurant guide announced its stars for the Windy City on April 29. In the midst of unprecedented dining room closures around the country, Michelin added two two-star restaurants to its list. A two-star restaurant is defined by the guide as “excellent cooking that is worth a detour.” The price tag is routinely hundreds of dollars per person.

One of the new two-star entries is Ever from noted chef Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, where the eight-to-10-course tasting menu

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Chicago vegan restaurant Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat in Hyde Park has lines down the block for fast food favorites

CHICAGO — Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, a fast-food restaurant in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, had lines out its door from the minute it first opened. Then Tabitha Brown showed up.

“She literally had the restaurant shut down – 200 tickets coming in at one time for egg rolls,” said chef and owner Laricia Chandler Baker.

Brown, a vegan social media influencer with millions of followers on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, was finding out what many local music artists, actors, and plant-based connoisseurs already knew: Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat was changing the game in Chicago with meatless versions of

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The Best Coffeeshops to Work From in Chicago

More and more Chicago coffeeshops are back open.
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For those who work from home, coffeeshops are shelters, places that an offer an escape from cramped living spaces, bad Internet connections, and where a lack of a caffeine offers no excuse for checking off tasks. Most coffeeshops have kept their doors closed since March 2020 — lingering inside a space isn’t wise during a pandemic, subjecting customers and staff to risk.

But as vaccines become more accessible, more coffeeshops are reopening at reduced capacity. Masks still have to be worn, unless customers are actively consuming food and drink. While

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20 Top Korean Restaurants in Chicago

One of life’s most satisfying pleasures is watching plate after plate of banchan fill up the table. Chicago’s Korean lineup offers much more than just barbecue, though, as fusion spots and fancy restaurants are adding some extra flair to traditional dishes. From bibimbap and kimchi pancakes to hearty bowls of stew, there’s a lot to explore on the following menus. The latest additions to the list include contemporary newcomers Jeong and Perilla, and soup specialists Han Bat and Ssyal.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or

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Chicago food critics retire, leaving the city’s dining scene without a key ingredient

“The Tribune review was a huge deal,” a gauge to see “how you compared to the greats and where things aligned,” says Flamm, 35, a “Top Chef” champion who is poised to open his maiden restaurant April 20. Named after his grandmothers and more than two years in the making, Rose Mary will showcase Croatian and Italian dishes in Fulton Market.

“I would have loved to get a Phil Vettel review under my belt,” says the chef, imagining a splash on the front page of the Tribune’s Dining section.

“It’s sad to see Phil and Steve

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The 18 Best Bakeries in Chicago

Flaky pastry, decadent treats, sweet confections, indulgent desserts—these top Chicago bakeries have it all and then some. Calories be damned.

Aya Pastry

Manned by star pastry chef Aya Fukai—Eater’s 2016 National Pastry Chef of the Year and a James Beard Award nominee in 2017—this West Town spot wows with whimsical delicacies like Samoa cakes (chocolate brown sugar cake frosted in dulce de leche buttercream, rolled in toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate) plus pull-apart milk bread, black sesame cakes and more. 1332 W. Grand Ave.

Alliance Bakery

“French-inspired with a modern twist” is the motto of this Wicker Park

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