652 W. Randolph St.

Fine dining is alive and well at this 74-seat prix fixe only spot that’s typically booked two months out. Each 12-course menu, one meatless, costs $185 without drinks. “There has been a decline in refinement; we wanted to put Chicago back on the national scene,” says Michael Muser, partner with chef Curtis Duffy, formerly of Alinea and Avenues. Muser says that he can usually “squeeze in” some additional tables for walk-ins.