Bradley Thomas Giordano | New Stars for Chicago’s Michelin Guide

Food aficionado and Windy City native Bradley Thomas Giordano has followed the Michelin Guide for years. Here, Giordano offers praise for Chicago’s newest starred eateries, Parachute and Dusek’s.

The Michelin Guide boasts a small army of anonymous restaurant critics across the globe. The first in its series was published in 1900 by tire moguls Andre and Edouard Michelin in hopes of driving up the demand for cars, and thus tires, explains Bradley Thomas Giordano. It has since become the definitive review guide for discerning diners. It ranks establishments from 1- to 3-stars, depending on culinary and atmospheric appeal. One star denotes a restaurant worth a try. Two signifies a dinner worth a detour. A three star restaurant is one the guide ranks as worth a special trip to experience.

New for 2016, the Michelin Guide includes two Chicago favorites.


Bradley Thomas Giordano describes Parachute as serving globally-inspired cuisine with a decisively Korean American flare. Parachute is a small venue, seating only 40 guests at any given time. It is managed by an even smaller group of foodies who advertise “no smoke and mirrors here, just great food.” Located in Avondale, Bradley Thomas Giordano says Parachute patrons are never disappointed.


With two dozen drafts on tap, Pilsen’s Dusek’s has libations to please the crowd. This trendy beer house with attached piano bar features an eclectic blend of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and irresistible appetizers, set against a background of bare-brick walls and ample lighting. Bradley Thomas Giordano recommends Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as prime times to visit with up and coming pianists showcasing their skills in the venue’s Tack Room.

In addition to the inclusion of Parachute and Dusek’s, Chicago’s Acadia was upgraded to two stars in this year’s Michelin Guide.