Top choice gastronomy

in Lincoln Park & Old Town

One of the world's best restaurants, the triple-Michelin-starred Alinea purveys 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. Three dining options are available: the salon menu (10 to 14 courses), the gallery menu (16 to 18 courses) and, most exclusive of all, the private kitchen table experience ($390 per person; parties of six only).

Vegetarians and vegans should call in advance to request accommodation. Note that there's no sign on the restaurant's door, so look for the house number.