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James Beard Awards guide

The James Beard Awards return to Chicago, recognizing another year of achievement within the restaurant and bar industry

Photograph: Matthew Gilson

Once a year, the James Beard Awards honors the nation's most outstanding restaurants, bars, food writers and more. In 2017, the award ceremony stays in Chicago, capping off a week of celebration at locations all over the city. With a perpetually growing fine dining scene, great cocktail bars and a multitude of new restaurants, Chicago is the perfect place to highlight culinary achievements.

What are the James Beard Awards?

The James Beard Awards are an annual ceremony recognizing exceptional players within the food industry, including restaurateurs, chefs, journalists, authors, designers and more. The awards represent one of the of the highest honors someone in the food and beverage industry can receive, nominated by a group professionals and awarded each year at a gala.

When is the James Beard Awards Gala?

This year, the James Beard Awards Gala will take place on May 1, 2017 at 6pm at the Lyric Opera House, with other events—such as special dinners and seminars—surrounding the big date.

How much are tickets to the James Beard Awards Gala?

General admission tickets to the James Beard Awards Gala are $500 per person, or $425 if you're a James Beard Foundation member.

2017 James Beard Awards

Chicago nabs 9 nominations for the 2017 James Beard Awards
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Chicago nabs 9 nominations for the 2017 James Beard Awards

Chicago earned nine nominations as well as one design and one television segment nomination

Chicago has 29 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists
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Chicago has 29 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation recognized Chicago's restaurants and bars with 29 nods in various categories, from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Restaurant.

Past James Beard Award winners

Alinea
Restaurants

Alinea

Outstanding Service 2010, Outstanding Chef (Grant Achatz) 2008, Best Chef: Great Lakes (Grant Achatz) 2007

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
The Aviary
Bars

The Aviary

Outstanding Bar Program 2013

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The Berghoff
Restaurants Book online

The Berghoff

America's Classics 1999

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Blackbird
Restaurants Book online

Blackbird

Outstanding Chef (Paul Kahan) 2013, Best Chef: Midwest (Paul Kahan) 2004

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
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Brindille
Restaurants Book online

Brindille

Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and under) 2015

Book online
Calumet Fisheries
Restaurants

Calumet Fisheries

America's Classics 2010

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Everest
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Everest

Best Chef: Midwest (Jean Joho) 1995

Users say
2 out of 5 stars
Book online
Frontera Grill
Restaurants

Frontera Grill

Outstanding Restaurant 2007, Outstanding Chef (Rick Bayless) 1995

Girl & the Goat
Restaurants Book online

Girl & the Goat

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Stephanie Izard) 2013

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Mindy's HotChocolate
Restaurants

Mindy's HotChocolate

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Mindy Segal) 2012

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Archive James Beard Award content

Chicago takes three James Beard Awards, including a first-time winner
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Chicago takes three James Beard Awards, including a first-time winner

Congratulations to the winners!

Chicago nabs 14 nominees for James Beard Awards
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Chicago nabs 14 nominees for James Beard Awards

Plenty of local spots are up for 2016 awards

Chicago has 27 semifinalists
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Chicago has 27 semifinalists

The list includes 11 in the Best Chefs, Great Lakes category

Chicago nabs 4 James Beard Foundation Awards
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Chicago nabs 4 James Beard Foundation Awards

The Violet Hour won for Outstanding Bar Program

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