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10 Years of Best New Restaurants

Making it onto Chicago’s list of best new restaurants is hard enough. Graduating to the all-star roster—the monthly recommended dining listings—is even harder. Here’s how the numbers break down from 2005 through 2014.

 

1,000 new restaurants visited by Chicago’s critics (estimated)

Critics sampled about 4,000 meals.

 

Of those, 208 were named best new restaurants.

The neighborhood with the most winners: River North.
The least common cuisines: Alpine, British, Cuban, Macanese.

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Of those, 130 made it to the all-star list.

This process can take a while: Critics visit multiple times over several months to ensure food and service remain top-notch.

All-stars:
 
Not all-stars:
 

Of those, 65 remain on the all-star list.

Why do restaurants fall off? Some close. Some lose their chefs. Some fail to impress on subsequent visits.

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Of those, only Alinea, Schwa, and Sixteen have four stars.

 

 

 

Read about the latest selections—only 10 made the cut this year!—in the 2015 edition of Chicago’s Best New Restaurants.

 

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