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Acadia recognized as the top restaurant to travel for in Illionis.From upscale, white tablecloth dining to the humble barbecue joint, this list has a little something for taste buds of all kinds. read more


AAA Extends 5 Star Honor to AcadiaFive Diamond establishments stand apart using highly personalized approaches and creativity to enhance guest comfort and provide memorable experiences. read more


America’s Best Lobster RollsChef Ryan McCaskey spent his childhood summers in Maine, so he understands the importance of using the simplest bread for lobster rolls. He ships his split-top buns from the Maine-based Hannaford supermarket chain. read more


Best burger in ChicagoNo. 1 Burger. With three cuts of beef (chuck as the base, brisket for juiciness, Wagyu scraps for fat), two types of cheese (Gruyère, Mornay sauce) and a bottomless reserve of umami (bacon-onion jam, housemade pickles), it’s clear this burger has been obsessed over by chef Ryan McCaskey. read more


Best new restaurant opened in the last year or soIt’s L20, Alinea or Tru quality at affordable a la carte prices. There’s pre-fixe too if you’re so inclined. Whichever way you go, chef Ryan McCaskey (formerly suburban Courtright’s) is a star and so is his faux risotto (where creamy bits of Yukon gold ape the usual Carnaroli or Arborio rice) and his foie gras custard. read more


2012 Best New RestaurantThe Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence is the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes and rewards culinary originality and talent in the Chicagoland area. read more


2013 Best Places to DineBasking in the glow of its first Michelin star, this South Loop hot spot showcases Ryan McCaskey’s fresh take on contemporary American cuisine. read more


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Chicago Magazine Gives Acadia 3.5 StarsJust when it seems that culinarily ambitious, unabashedly formal special occasion dining might be a dying art, out of sync with the Zeitgeist, along comes this elegant place….. read more


Named “Best Fine Dining” in ChicagoEnter this elegant South Loop spot from chef Ryan McCaskey, whose playful riffs on classic dishes, like his deconstructed lobster pot pie, are spot on. read more


2013 Michelin Guide Chicago Star Ratings UnleashedAcadia Receives the prestigious One Star Rating… read more


Best New Restuarant in ChicagoThe publication recognized dozens of restaurants in food & drink categories and had some predictable and not-so-predictable awardees. The honors for Best New Restaurant went to Acadia.. read more


A sommelier has fun with an upscale eatery’s serious wine programCraft cocktails, with their artisan spirits, seasonal ingredients and filtered ice, are undisputedly the beverage darlings of the restaurant scene. read more


The Return of Haute CuisineIf fine dining is dead, the folks at Acadia, a new modern contemporary American restaurant in the South Loop, certainly didn’t hear the bell tolling for it. read more


20 BEST NEW RESTAURANTSAmerican, progressive, contemporary, classic, high-end but not stuffy–with a great burger. Way back when Acadia was a glimmer in McCaskey’s eye, he said it would be all these things, and he delivered. read more


Soaring on the South SideWhen I heard that Acadia, a high-end restaurant, was opening in the South Loop, I sighed. A dining neighborhood that once looked like the second coming of Randolph Street — when Opera, Saiko, Cuatro and Room 21 were doing brisk business. read more


All the Cocktails at Acadia, ChicagoNewly opened Acadia, in the South Loop of Chicago, has been garnering quite a bit of positive attention for its food, but no reviewer has neglected to include a gushing word or two about head bartender Michael Simon’s inventive, humorous, and sophisticated cocktail program. read more

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