LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square remains a bright spot in Chicago's dining universe, boasting the largest cluster of Michelin-starred restaurants on the North Side, according to newly released ratings.
Band of Bohemia, Elizabeth and Goosefoot will all retain their coveted one-star ratings in the 2018 Chicago Michelin Guide, it was announced Friday.
Elizabeth and Goosefoot are celebrating their fifth and sixth consecutive appearances in the guide, respectively. Band of Bohemia, helmed by a pair of Alinea veterans, repeated after making its debut on the list in the 2017 guide.
When Goosefoot opened in late 2011, chef Chris Nugent's decision to operate a fine dining destination out of a small storefront at 2656 W. Lawrence Ave. seemed risky, as did Regan's choice the next year of a nondescript address next to a tire shop at 4835 N. Western Ave.
Both have demonstrated that if the food is worth the trip, customers will travel off the beaten Downtown (or West Loop) path.
In 2017, Regan affirmed her faith in the area, opening the Japanese-inspired Kitsune at 4229 N. Lincoln Ave. North Center. Nugent and his wife Nina thanked the neighborhood in a different way: In September, they turned the storefront next to Goosefoot into a family- and wallet-friendly ice cream shop.
Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., was lured to the area by the Lawrence Avenue streetscape and the Ravenswood corridor's reputation as a haven for breweries.
In total, 25 Chicago restaurants were awarded one, two or three stars by Michelin. Lincoln Park's Alinea and West Loop's Grace continue to lead the pack with three stars.