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Michelin to Release Chicago Guide in November

From the Associated Press: The esteemed Michelin guide plans to produce an edition for Chicago's restaurants, providing an official stamp of approval on the city as part of the global culinary elite.

The only other U.S. cities featured by the French guidebook are New York and San Francisco.

Michelin said in a news release Tuesday its Chicago 2011 guide will come out in November. Just like its other 25 editions, the guide will rate restaurants on comfort, food, prices and other factors.

Michelin guide Director Jean-Luc Naret said Chicago was an easy choice for the next North American city because of its vast restaurant and hotel scene and history.

The city's best-known restaurants include Charlie Trotter's, featuring the chef of the same name; chef Grant Achatz's Alinea; and several run by chef Rick Bayless, including Topolobampo.

Michelin said European and American inspectors have been conducting anonymous inspections in Chicago for two years.

New York became the first American city to be ranked in 2005.

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