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Chicago leads in AAA five-diamond restaurants

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Seven Chicago restaurants have snagged the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating this year, the most of any North American city, the travel organization said Friday.

Four Chicago hotels also made the Five Diamond list, including two newcomers to the rankings: the Trump International Hotel and Tower, on the site of the old Chicago Sun-Times building on Wabash, and the Elysian Hotel on the Gold Coast.

More subdued than the release of the inaugural Michelin Chicago guide, the AAA ratings still hold much sway in the white-tablecloth world. Charlie Trotter’s, which was awarded two out of three Michelin stars, has had five diamonds from AAA for 17 years now.

Arun’s, a five-diamond winner for the ninth year and largely considered one of the best Thai restaurants in the country, didn’t get any Michelin stars.

The other five-diamond restaurants in Chicago: Alinea, Avenues, Seasons, Everest and Tru.

The Peninsula (home to Avenues) and the Four Seasons round out the Chicago hotel list.

Janet Fuller

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