I just felt like I had to post a message on this board. I live in NYC but I ate at Alinea last weekend and it was FABULOUS. I recommend that all you Chicago peaople make your reservations now. It is the best place in your town to eat at. I have eaten at Charlie Trotter's and at Tru (as well as at many of your other top place and I have not been impressed, except for Rick Bayless's places because he is an amazing mexican chef) In anycase everyone should try it!