Top choice gastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

One of the world's best restaurants, with three Michelin stars, Alinea brings on multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, à la duck served with a ‘pillow of lavender air.’ There are no reservations; instead Alinea sells tickets two to three months in advance via its website. Check Twitter (@Alinea) for last-minute seats.

Chef Grant Achatz gutted and renovated the restaurant in early 2016, so it feels less mod and more classic. Vegetarians need to call in advance to see if the ever-changing menu can be modified. Note that there's no sign on the restaurant's door, so look for the street number.