When it comes to dining out, we are positively spoiled. As of 2020, the city is home to 25 Michelin-starred kitchens that range from one of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago to an experimental tasting menu that breaks all the rules. One of the fanciest breweries in Chicago even made the list—the first of its kind for Michelin. The best part? You don't have to drop an entire paycheck to enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago—there are a handful of affordable (and very approachable) options on this year's lineup.
So, how does it all work? The Michelin Guide assesses the best restaurants in Chicago on a number of criteria, but the coveted stars are awarded based on quality of food alone. Inspectors look for top-notch ingredients, mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his or her cuisine, overall value and consistency. One star represents high quality cooking that's worth a stop; two stars indicate excellent cooking that's worth a detour; and three stars denote exceptional cuisine that's worthy of a special journey. With all of that in mind, take a look at the Chicago restaurants that earned Michelin stars for 2020.