In 2011, Chicago became one of only three American cities to get a Michelin Guide further marking the city as a major player in world cuisine.
In 2007, JBF named Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill America's Outstanding Restaurant, and the Wall Street Journal called Bayless' Topolobampo “one of the reasons we think Chicago is arguably America's top eating city, with fewer high-end addresses than New York but a more stellar, dramatic pantheon.” Bayless also captured the title of Bravo TV's first Top Chef Master.
At the helm of Spiaggia, Chicago's only 4-star Italian restaurant, is chef/owner Tony Mantuano, winner of a JBF Best Chef: Midwest award. Other Chicagoans with JBF honor are Carrie Nahabedian of Naha which serves fine contemporary American cuisine, and Paul Kahan, the chef behind the four-star Blackbird Restaurant, voted one of Chicago's five best restaurants by Gourmet Magazine.
Planning a special meal event is easy in the city that loves dishing it out. Restaurants, even world-renowned eateries, are easily accessible, and chefs are accommodating – happy to customize menus to match the group's appetites and interests.
Growing numbers of restaurants and diners participate each year in the annual Chicago Restaurant Week. During the event, more than 200 top eateries serve specially-priced 3-course prix fixe lunches and dinners.
The city also becomes a garden of culinary delights during September's Chicago Gourmet – an annual world-class celebration of food, wine and the city's rich culinary heritage held outdoors at Millennium Park.