Slideshow: 'Gastro-tourism' on Chicago menu

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Grant Achatz, left, is the executive chef and along with Nick Kokonas is a managing partner at Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St.

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During the day, about 20 chefs occupy Alinea’s kitchen, preparing for the evening's dinner guests. Among them is chef de cuisine Matt Chasseur.

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Another draw is Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St., run by chef Paul Kahan.

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Great Lake, 1477 W. Balmoral Ave., collected plaudits for chef-owner Nick Lessins and long lines of diners when, in 2009, GQ magazine called its pizza the best in America.

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Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place.

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Mike McDermott, an owner of Smoque BBQ, 3800 N. Pulaski Road, opens the oven for ribs. The cult favorite gained wider notice since being featured on the Food Network series "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

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Barbequed ribs smoke in a hot oven at Smoque BBQ.

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Angela Park, 29, of Morton Grove and her friend Jinny Suh, 27, of Wheeling, dig into their dinner at Smoque.

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Miky Rusenas spreads barbeque sauce on a dinner at Smoque. Orders might line the counter, but the sauce won't be applied until just before the customer takes the food.

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Customers line up outside Smoque, 3800 N. Pulaski Road. Co-owner Barry Sorkin says there's only one drawback to the location: It's a cab dead zone. But he says he often calls taxis for customers.

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Schwa, 1466 N. Ashland Ave.

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Graham Elliot, 217 W. Huron St.

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Girl and the Goat, 809 W. Randolph St.

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L2O, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West

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Kevin Brown is president and CEO of Lettuce Entertain Enterprises Inc., which owns L2O restaurant, which earned three Michelin stars.

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The main dining room at L2O, which is in the Belden-Stratford, a Lincoln Park luxury boutique hotel.

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Moto, 945 W. Fulton Market.

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Avec, 615 W. Randolph St.

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Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St.

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The Purple Pig, 500 N. Michigan Ave.

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Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle St.

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Chicago Cut butcher Gabriel Serna slices steaks by hand.

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The lunchtime rush in the kitchen at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

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Avenues at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St.

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Hot Doug's, 3324 N. California Ave. The menu board borrows from pop culture: "The Frankie 'Five Angels' Pentangelli Italian sausage, formerly the Virgil 'The Turk' Sollazzo and the Luca Brasi. Keep your friends close, your sausage closer. $3.00."

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Morton's, 65 E. Wacker Place.

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Tru, 686 N. St. Clair St.

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Xoco and Topolobampo/Frontera Grill, 445 N. Clark St.

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Charlie Trotter's, 816 W. Armitage Ave.

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Chef Charlie Trotter in the kitchen of his namesake restaurant.

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