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Published on June 13, 2024
Chicago's Culinary Scene Shines with Six New Additions to the 2024 Michelin GuideSource: Unsplash/Ronan Kruithof

The culinary tapestry of Chicago just became richer with Michelin's latest nod to six local eateries. According to NBC Chicago, the esteemed Michelin Guide has introduced an array of dining destinations to its 2024 selection, boosting the city's gastronomic reputation.

From Uptown's flavorful Mexican dishes at Cariño to Lincoln Park’s American fare at John's Food and Wine and the contemporary twists on American cuisine at Maxwell's Trading in West Loop, the list spotlights diverse culinary excellence across the city. Sifr offers a Middle Eastern touch in River North, while Taqueria Chingón in Bucktown and Warlord in Old Irving Park both promise distinct Mexican and American Contemporary experiences, respectively. As per NBC Chicago, alongside over 80 other establishments already celebrated in the guide, these newcomers contribute to a total of more than 152 dining spots across Chicago, with more on the horizon as Michelin stars are set to be awarded later this year.

Warlord's recognition goes beyond the Michelin Guide. It also garnered acclaim from The New York Times as one of Chicago's "Best 25 Restaurants," and from Esquire's "Best New Restaurants in America" for 2023. The accolades for Chicago's food sector continued with Lula Cafe, situated in the Logan Square neighborhood, which was distinguished with the "Outstanding Hospitality" medal at the recent 2024 James Beard Foundation Awards, a notable feat for the "Bib Gourmand" restaurant.

Michelin's advancements align with other landmark moments for the city's culinary scene. As reported by WGN TV, Chicago chefs Sujan Sarker of Indienne, and Jenner Tomaska of Esmé were nominated in the Best Chef category from the Great Lakes region in this week's James Beard Awards. The city's own Anna Polskey, from Else, joined the lineup as a contender in the Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker category.