The 5 Most Affordable Michelin Restaurants in Chicago
Over recent years, Chicago’s reputation as a mecca for foodies has grown significantly. The city now boasts no less than 26 Michelin-starred restaurants, and, as we all know, this coveted award is a guarantee of creativity, quality, and consistency.
It gets better. Chicago also has plenty of Michelin-starred dining rooms, where you can enjoy the finest creations from the city’s leading chefs without breaking the bank.
To make it easy to choose, we’ve selected the 10 most affordable options currently available in the city, each offering a different style of cuisine. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable yet affordable treat, just make sure to bookmark this page and book ahead of time if you’re planning to visit soon!
1. North Pond, $49 per person
Address: 2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL, 60614
The Michelin award-winning team of Chef Cesar Murillo and manager Loretta Montelongo deliver outstanding cuisine with subtle global inflections. Example: tagliatelle tinted gold with saffron and tossed with mussels escabeche.
The most affordable combo at North Pond is Sunday Brunch (from 10.30 am) at an incredibly low $49. This is no simple choice of eggs and ham. There’s an incredible list of dishes to choose from, including Tomato Toast (Nichols Farm tomatoes, grilled zucchini, preserved tomato butter, crispy garlic scrapes), Buckwheat Crepes (Werp Farm’s strawberries, cherry bomb purée, yuzu Hollandaise, hazelnuts), Tasso Benedict (johnnycake, Tasso ham, poached egg, rhubarb jam, brown butter Bearnaise) and so on.
The menu continues through a range of meats, seafood, and cuisines until we get to the mouth-watering desserts for those who prefer something sweet for breakfast: whipped yogurt, brûléed bananas, cocoa nibs, with cinnamon ice cream. What better way to kick off Sunday in Chicago!
2. Elske, $59 per person
Address: 1350 Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60607
Executive Chef & Pastry Chef team David and Anna Posey earned their first Michelin Star in 2017 with their eclectic Scandi-inspired menu featuring the freshest ingredients.
The most affordable combo at Else comes from the a la carte menu, where you can enjoy a 3-course meal for under $60 per person. For example, start with salt-cured anchovies with fennel pollen, lemon, and grilled bread ($15), followed by fried soft shell crab with green asparagus, hazelnuts, and sea beans ($30), and finish with a sunflower seed parfait with soured honey, licorice, and pollen.
An incredible meal at incredible value!
3. Boka, $62 per person
Address: 1729 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, 60614
This iconic Chicago restaurant has won multiple awards and been Michelin-starred since 2011. It’s a glamorous yet quirky place – the perfect choice for a special celebration. Chef Lee Wolen’s seasonal American food features superbly prepared ingredients, beautifully presented.
The most affordable combo: The dinner menu. As an example, you can have a cold appetizer (smoked carrots, $19), the main course (smoked and grilled beets ($29), and a dessert (chocolate angel food cake, $14) for a total of only $62 per person.
4. Galit, $74 per person
Address: 2429 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Galit, led by Executive Chef Zachary Engel, is the ideal destination for fans of the delicious fresh flavors of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. At Galit, you’ll find familiar classics from the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond – including plates of moreish hummus to share and meats cooked over coals in the traditional method. And, unsurprisingly, the desserts are to die for.
The most affordable combo: The 4 Course Menu, at only $74 per person, features irresistible dishes such as Bubbe’s Brisket (with tomatoes, braised carrots, and smoked cinnamon); Piyaz (white and green beans, spring onion, eggs, and paprika); Lamb Kebab El Babor (favas, donko shiitakes, mint, and urfar bieber), perhaps all finished off with Turkish coffee ice cream or meringue with preserved lemons and blueberries.
5. Sepia, $85 per person
Address: 123 North Jefferson Street, Chicago, IL, 60661
Located in a 19th-century print shop, Sepia blends traditional décor with clever modern touches. Likewise, Chef Andrew Zimmerman features contemporary American ingredients with not-so-subtle hints of Mediterranean and South-East Asian influences.
The most affordable combo: The 4-course Dinner menu. A choice of four inspired dishes per course for only $85 per person.
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Featured image courtesy of Photo by Pan Xiaozhen.