Six Chicago restaurants have been added to the Michelin Guide

Cariño, Warlord, Maxwells Trading and more are recommended by the prestigious guide.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai
Editor, Time Out Chicago
A taco
Photograph: Kelly Sandos

The Michelin Guide won’t be awarding any of its coveted stars until later this year, but it just honored six Chicago spots.

The revered dining bible has added Cariño, John’s Food and Wine, Maxwells Trading, Sifr, Taqueria Chingon and Warlord to its list of recommended restaurants. In total, Chicago currently boasts 152 eateries with such distinction. Michelin uses anonymous inspectors to evaluate a place’s quality, giving one, two or three stars to the very best. The new recommended restaurants will now be eligible for star or Bib Gourmand—a designation of “good value”—consideration. Last year, 21 Chicago restaurants earned at least one Michelin star.

The announcement comes on the heels of the James Beard Awards, where local favorite Lula Cafe won for Outstanding Hospitality. It’s no surprise that the accolades keep rolling in, seeing as the city is home to some amazing restaurants.

Here’s what Michelin inspectors had to say about the latest additions.


A taco
Photograph: Kelly Sandos

“Indeed, this breathless tasting menu features boldness and creativity in spades, starting with “chips and salsa” in the form of salsa verde jelly and a tortilla crumble. The best seats are at the counter, which offer an up-close view of this small team, all of whom work diligently and engage with guests freely.”

John’s Food and Wine

truffles shaved on pasta
Photograph: Sandy Noto

“Meet your new neighborhood hangout. With exposed white brick, a comfy banquette stretching the length of the room, and a friendly bar with an engaging wine program, this restaurant isn’t going to struggle to make friends. One caveat: There are no servers so diners have to order at the counter before being escorted to a table.”

Maxwells Trading

A variety of dishes
Photograph: Jeff Marini

“It can feel as if half the city is dining in this quiet pocket of West Loop. Conversation and laughter bounce off the hard warehouse floors and large, black-framed windows and travel along a bar that looks almost endless from the front door. The cooking behind all this commotion assuredly plays with Japanese, Chinese and Thai elements.”


A variety of dishes
Photograph: Neil Burger

“In this quiet, sun-soaked corner of River North, the team behind Indienne hits the mark with this Middle Eastern charmer where tables crowd with dips, small plates, and items hot off the grill. You’re expected to share but that’s easier said than done.”

Taqueria Chingon

a variety of dishes
Photograph: Przemyslaw 'Dred' Grygiel

“Inspired by the street food of Mexico City, this chef-driven taqueria in Bucktown by Marcos Ascencio and Oliver Poilevey is a constant hive of activity. During the day, find the signature al pastor alongside hits like duck carnitas with date puree and sunchoke-habanero salsa or a particularly stellar fried queso with mole negro.”


Photograph: Trevor Fleming

“The word is out on Warlord, where eager diners line up before it's even open to snag a seat at this first-come, first-serve spot. Chefs Emily Kraszyk, John Lupton and Trevor Fleming cook over a live-fire grill in an open kitchen, and the most desirable seats are at the chefs' counter.”

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