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When you head to Alinea for a dizzying multicourse gastronomic feast, you can get there easily by car or via Chicago’s public transportation system. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is at 1723 N. Halsted St., just south of Willow Street and a stone’s throw from the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre.
Should you choose to drive to the restaurant, valet, garage and street parking are available. Keep in mind that because the restaurant is in upscale, residential Lincoln Park, street parking can be difficult, especially on weekends. If you do manage to find a spot, you’ll have to feed the parking meter; dinner at the renowned Chicago restaurant usually lasts between three and four hours, but the meter expires after two hours.
To avoid the pesky meters, ditch the car, take the CTA Red Line El train to the North/Clybourn station and walk about five minutes north up Halsted to Alinea. A single-ride ticket costs $2.25, but being able to enjoy your elaborate, out-of-this-world meal uninterrupted is worth a whole lot more.