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Alinea

Travelers' Choice award winner
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Lincoln Park
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1723 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614-5501
312-867-0110
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 615
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  • 80
    Very good
  • 46
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  • 19
    Poor
  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Was great from start to finish.

Was a great culinary experience, from the very start the service was excellent and the food did not disappoint. At first I was worried the food would not live up to the price but I thought it was well worth it. Definitely want to go back again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Was a great culinary experience, from the very start the service was excellent and the food did not disappoint. At first I was worried the food would not live up to the price but I thought it was well worth it. Definitely want to go back again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It is definitely an experience to have dinner there. They served us 14 different dishes. The combination of ingredients is flawless and very creative. We would have liked to have one more entree before the 3 dessert dishes. The last desert served on the table itself is definitely artistic. I had the wine pairing which was ok. Service is immpecable... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have sampled Alinea's offerings on two or more occasions. It is an amazing restaurant but not for meat and potato eaters. The various courses are small, inovative and incredible. Eating here will constitute a new dining experience!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There is no other place like Alinea. We've eaten at most of the best restaurants in the world and Alinea is spectacular. We just love it. From the entrance to the ambience to the food theatre, it is a top notch experience not to be missed. Reservations can be a bit tough so plan ahead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

What is there to say about this restaurant, superb in every way. The building where it is located is an unmarked building and so trying to find has to be by address alone. You enter through a sliding door that automatically opens when you approach it. The entrance way is dark so it is difficult to understand where the actual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Each new portion that was brought out was vastly different than the last! What an amazing experience, worth the cost. I was excited to see how each new course would be presented, this was an interesting night out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Let's be clear - Alinea is one of the best meals I've ever had. But, in a very lucky period of my life I managed to eat there, Grace and at French Laundry in about a year. What separates Alinea from other top tier restaurants isn't the food (which I would argue does not compare to Grace or French Laundry),... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There is no denying that Grant Achatz is a talented, creative and hard-working chef. But as a frequent diner in high-end restaurants, I was truly disappointed that the management of Alinea decided to put circus above food. And the portions were so small that I ate again as soon as I got home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

What more can be said about one of the finest restaurants in the world? Impeccable service, outstanding atmosphere, spotlessly clean, divine food. It's a true fine dining EXPERIENCE.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Obviously you have to make reservations well in advance and be ready to plunk down a significant chunk of change. But it's worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1723 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614-5501
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: 312-867-0110

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 150 - 1000
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.