There are many fine dining options around Chicago but if you’re looking for menus created by the city’s celebrity culinary artists, here are five of the best celebrity-chef restaurants.
52 W. Elm St, Chicago
Art Smith, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey’s chef, is the executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two. He has made regular appearances on Iron Chef America, The Today Show and Oprah. Table Fifty-Two is the self-proclaimed home of Southern hospitality in Chicago. Smith gathers ingredients from the finest organic farms in the Midwest and serves everything from stone-ground grits to pulled pork sandwiches.
1723 North Halsted, Chicago
Grant Achatz is a third-generation restaurateur and in 2007 Gourmet magazine named his restaurant, Alinea, America’s Best Restaurant. At the same time, Achatz was diagnosed with tongue cancer, threatening his career. Luckily, Achatz is back in the kitchen at his four-star restaurant. Alinea offers a hypermodern and emotional approach to the dining experience.
166 E Superior St., Chicago
Marcus Samuelsson was the season 2 winner of “Top Chef Masters.” Chef Samuelsson brings adventure and refinement to the C-House seafood cuisine. Classics like little neck clams and lobster are joined by golden trout, yellowtail fish tacos and salmon pastrami. The international wine list has an emphasis on American vineyards and the C-View, Affinia’s Hotel’s roof top bar, was voted “Top Chicago Rooftop Lounge” by MetroMix/Redeye.
816 West Armitage, Chicago
Charlie Trotter’s has been one of Restaurant Magazine’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” since 2004. Trotter has written 14 cookbooks and is host of the award-winning PBS series “The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter. ” The menus are designed to highlight the finest seasonal ingredients. Each course is meant to prepare your taste buds for the next.
445 N. Clark St, Chicago
Rick Bayless is a fourth-generation restaurateur and award-winning chef. Bayless’s critically acclaimed TV show, “Mexico—One Plate at a Time, ” has given viewers a taste of the people, stories, and fun of Mexico. Using organic and often custom-grown ingredients, Bayless combines bold flavors and freshness that bring that taste of Mexico north of the border.