There are a few big changes in today's announcement of the 2016 edition of the Michelin Guide, the annual star frenzy rewarding the city's best restaurants. While no places were promoted to the three-star top tier this year, Ryan McCaskey's South Loop spot Acadia rose from one star to two, joining the idiosyncratic 42 Grams and refined Sixteen.
And, as expected after their notable absence from last week's Bib Gourmand list (awarded to spots deemed a "good value" but not quite not good enough to earn a star), both Dusek's (the Longman & Eagle sibling we named Best New Restaurant in 2014) and Parachute (the Korean-American upstart that's drawn lavish praise both locally and nationally) were elevated to single-star status. Missing from this year's list are a couple of shuttered spots, Senza and Takashi, but also the Lobby, the Peninsula Hotel's fine dining room.
Here's the full list of all 22 starred restaurants:
- 42 Grams
- EL Ideas
- Longman & Eagle
- North Pond