Chicago Michelin Guide: 2012 Winners Announced (PHOTOS)
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Michelin released its guide to Chicago cuisine Tuesday, ranking its top picks in the Windy city on a scale from one to three stars. According to Michelin, one star denotes "a very good restaurant in its category" with consistently high-quality dishes, two stars indicate "excellent cooking, worth a detour" for high-quality cuisine that's skillfully crafted, and three stars, the highest rating, earned by only 101 restaurants worldwide, denotes "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey" and is awarded to restaurants with precisely-executed dishes.
Michelin released its Bib Gourmand list of exceptional and affordable restaurants last week, recognizing 56 Chicago eateries. Tuesday's list gave 21 Chicago restaurants stars in all. Alinea maintained its three-star rating, two restaurants earned two stars, and eighteen were awarded a single star.
See photos from all of Chicago's award-winning, Michelin star restaurants below: