You’ve heard of Alinea, but did you know there were 19 Chicago restaurants that received one star each this past year? Truth. Lucky for you, Chicago is also home to a few “low-key” Michelin starred spots so you don’t go broke.
Here are our top 10 Chicago restaurants with one Michelin star, ranked.
Schwa is run by a bunch of crazy motherf*ckers, and man do we love them. It’s unparalleled as far as expectations. Some days things are calm, and some days they wrestle in the middle of the restaurant and light off fireworks out back. All days the food is delicious.
El Ideas is tucked away and hard to find, but once inside, the super friendly and engaging staff makes for a great meal. The kitchen is completely open and you’re encouraged to walk in and chat it up while the chefs work.
The plates at Goosefoot are equal parts beautiful and delicious. It’s also a long meal, even for a tasting menu. Good news is it’s BYOB. Better news is they opened a wine store next door to help you select exactly what you need.
Elizabeth calls its cuisine “New Gatherer.” We have no idea what that means, but we do know their most recent menu was Game of Thrones themed. We also know the seasonal menu is good no matter what time of year.
Tru is part restaurant, part modern art exhibit, and all around bad*ss place. They are known for their caviar service, so you might want to eat 99 cent ramen a few nights in a row before making a reservation.
Rick Bayless shows that Mexican cuisine is more than just $2.50 tacos at his infamous Topolobampo. Don’t get us wrong, we love $2.50 tacos, but there’s time to dive into fancy Mexican food.
Eating fancy French cuisine on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building is going to make us feel like Gordon Gecko 100% of the time. We’re buying the food here.
North Pond has picturesque scenery in the midst of Lincoln Park. It’s the kind of place you see people propose and then secretly hope they call off the wedding because nobody can be that perfect. The longtime chef makes sure the food is equally as pretty, plus there’s an excellent Sunday brunch.
Longman & Eagle is the outlier in this group of fine dining establishments, but that’s what makes it so unique. The Logan Square spot is a cozy restaurant that’s good for all times of day, especially when you’re in the mood for whisky.
Blackbird is like the mafia don of Randolph Row. Been reppin Michelin Stars since the OG days when nothing else was around. It’s proper dining without being an over the top tasting menu, so it won’t break the bank as much as the others.