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Dishes like this from Alinea no doubt helped it gain a 5-Diamond designation from AAA.
AAA confirms what Chicagoans already know -- we have some of the best restaurants around.
Chicago tied with New York in earning the most Five Diamond designations in North America, however they figure to lose one restaurant when Charlie Trotter's closes in August.
AAA inspectors go to hotels and restaurants throughout the year to conduct evaluations and publish the results in TourBook guides.
Illinois and northern Indiana are also home to 66 AAA Four Diamond facilities.