Do I need a reservation at Alinea?

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Reservations are required at Alinea, the exclusive Forbes Travel Five-Star restaurant from molecular gastronomy wiz Grant Achatz. The avant-garde Chicago restaurant doesn’t allow walk-ins during its elaborate three- to four-hour dinner service. Be sure to log on to the restaurant’s website at least several weeks in advance; reservations are generally booked at least two months out. Thanks to an innovative reservation policy that Alinea started in August 2012, reservations are now purchased like tickets to a show. And imagine that show as the hottest band that's coming to town for one night only — that's how hard it is to get tickets.

Your best bet is to follow Alinea on Facebook and Twitter to get the most up-to-date ticket schedules (both when they're going on sale and any last-minute availability). The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant brings a whole new meaning to "hot ticket."

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