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TheStarTripper Journal

The Independent City Centre Hotel and Restaurant Reviewer

        Fine Dining in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Statsraad Lehmkuhl, Norway
Chicago, autumn 2013:

Chicago, on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, the startingpoint of the "Historic Route 66", the city with 200 theaters, 200 art galleries, 7000 restaurants and the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue, the location of the finest luxury hotels as well as plenty of cozy boutique hotels.
Chicago, a city buzzing with energy in the vibrant downtown, a city with world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and hotels.
Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, a Chicago getaway means abundant sunshine while you shop the Magnificent Mile, fresh crisp air during your stroll through Millennium Park, and comfortable cool temps as you tour the incredible sights and architectural treasures. A highly recommendable city.

Recommended Chicago Restaurants - the Startripper Review :
Cooking style:
Contemporary

Dinner only,
Menu $210
One of the best restaurants in the world, a comfortable setting, meticulous service, everything is unique, unfamiliar flavour combinations and creative tableware. Outstanding cooking from the molecular master Chef Grant Achatz. Top Cuisine – Outstanding.
1723 North Halsted - Old Town                      
Cooking style:
French!

Tasting 165$,
Menu $94 - $120
A dramatic view of the city skyline, a small modern restaurant, though mirrors imparts the illusion of space. Chef Jean Joho presents his elegant, creative and deeply personal dishes, his seven course degustation or three and four course pre-fix menus. Top Cuisine!
440 S. LaSalle St., 40th Floor     
Cooking style:
American!

Dinner only,
Menu $110
A modern restaurant with chic sculptures, ebonized black wood floors, ombre walls and mirrored ceiling, a menu of vivid courses, crafted by a crew of culinary artists under the direction of Chef Michael Carlson, the best seasonal ingredients. Excelent Cooking.
1466 N. Ashland Ave. - Wicker Park neighborhood           
Cooking style:
French!

Dinner only
Menu $115 – $158
A modern restaurant with an elegant ambiance of white draperies and blue banquettes punctuated by contemporary art. Chef Anthony Martin presents his progressive French cuisine, the most pristine ingredients, and an extensive caviar program. Excelent Cooking.
676 N. St. Clair Street - Near North Side            
Cooking style:
American
Mediterranean
Lunch $22
Menu $67 - $100
A nice warm restaurant, pacific shades of cream, gray and taupe, simply luxury but not pretentious or stuffy. Chef Cerrie Nahabedians delicate dishes is based on fresh, seasonal produce, meats, and cheeses from local farmers and growers. Excelent Cooking.
500 North Clark Street - River North            
Cooking style:
American

Lunch $25
Menu $65 - $90
An intentionally rough, but chic setting, custom millwork, modern chandeliers, a floor-to-ceiling wine wall. Chef Andrew Zimmerman presents American food done with finesse, highlighting the best of the season favoring local producers. Excelent Cooking.
123 North Jefferson Street - Fulton River District            
Chicago, "City of Big Shoulders”, founded in 1833, the world's first skyscraper in 1885, the world's first controlled nuclear reaction in 1942, population 2.7 million, the third most populous city in the USA, a major hub for industry, a center for jazz, 45 million visitors each year. Currency is US$ ($).
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