Subway: Red to North/Clybourn(312) 867-0110 alinea-restaurant.com41.913433 -87.648000 1723 N Halsted St (between North Ave and Willow St) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Dinner (Wed–Sun)Average degustation: $230
Gourmet magazine anointed Alinea the No. 1 restaurant in the country. What’s all the fuss? Chef/mastermind Grant Achatz serves food the likes of which you’ve never seen. Sit back and enjoy the show, a well-orchestrated ride that plays with textures, temperatures and notions of “normal” cuisine, while somehow remaining grounded in season, flavor and flawless execution. Past menu stunners have included the black truffle explosion with romaine and parmesan, and the hot potato, cold potato served with black truffle and butter. But you never know what dish will steal the show when you’re in the audience.