Chicago has always been considered a top culinary city, but now it has the proof to back it up.
According to the just-released AAA rankings, seven Chicago restaurants received a Five Diamond rating for 2010, the highest rating it could receive.
The restaurants are Alinea (4 years), Arun's (8 years), Avenues (in The Peninsula Hotel) (4 years), Charlie Trotter's (16 years), Everest (14 years), Seasons Restaurant (in the Four Seasons Hotel) (10 years) and Tru (10 years).
How big of a deal is it? There's only seven Five Diamond restaurants in the entire state of California.
And in a sign of the times, six restaurants were removed from the five-diamond list this year because they closed their doors.