Twenty-six restaurants received the coveted Michelin star accolade in the newly released Michelin Guide Chicago 2017, four more than in the 2016 guide. New restaurants on the list include Band of Bohemia, GreenRiver, Oriole, Roister and Smyth. This adds two more restaurants to the two star level (Alinea and Grace remain the only restaurants in the city to receive three stars): Oriole and Tru (bumped up from one star).
While most of the one star list remained the same as last year, with the exception of a few additions, Moto came off since its closing in February. Welcome additions to the one star list are Band of Bohemia, GreenRiver, Roister and Smyth. It's fun to see Band of Bohemia and GreenRiver (two spots we categorize as bars that both received four stars from Time Out) receiving Michelin stars. On a personal level, it's really cool for a brewpub to get recognition from Michelin, because of how rarely beer is served as fine dining, or even upscale dining. Roister makes the Alinea group the only restaurant group with two spots on the list. Smyth may be the biggest surprise, if only because of its nick of time opening to be in consideration for stars. Congratulations to all the winners.
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