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Alinea Remains On Top, Michelin Stars Retained By Boka, North Pond

By Ted Cox | October 20, 2017 1:57pm | Updated on October 23, 2017 8:18am
 Grant Achatz, head chef at Alinea.
Grant Achatz, head chef at Alinea.
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LINCOLN PARK — Nothing new is good news for some and bad news for others among the top restaurants in Lincoln Park and Old Town.

Grant Achatz's Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St., remained one of only two city restaurants granted three stars when the restaurant ratings for the 2018 Chicago Michelin guide were announced Friday. Grace in the West Loop at 652 W. Randolph St. was the other.

Alinea's nearby neighbor Boka, flagship of the Boka Group at 1729 N. Halsted, retained its one-star rating, as did Bruce Sherman's North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive. That placed both among the top 25 restaurants in town according to the Michelin guide.

Sherman was quick to share the news of North Pond's fifth straight year earning a Michelin star on Twitter and Instagram.

Riccardo Trattoria, 2119 N. Clark St., had held out hope that it would receive a star after being dropped from Michelin's Bib Gourmand list this year, but it wasn't to be. No new Lincoln Park or Old Town outlets earned stars as things remained the same from last year.

The Bib Gourmands recognize humbler neighborhood restaurants, but Lincoln Park and Old Town were left without any on the list after Balena, 1633 N. Halsted, was also dropped from the list following a fire in August.