The Michelin men and women are coming.
Indeed, inspectors for the vaunted guide to the world's best restaurants and hotels already have been eating their way around Chicago for two years, Michelin announced early Tuesday.
The Chicago Michelin guide, which will be released in November, comes five years after the tire company's first foray into North America with its New York guide. There have been guides published for San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well.
Michelin published its first guide in 1900 and now counts 25 editions covering 23 countries.
In Europe, Michelin stars -- one means "a very good restaurant," two "worth a detour" and three "worth a special journey" -- carry significant weight. In 2003, one of France's most well-known chefs, Bernard Loiseau, committed suicide, reportedly because he feared losing one of his three stars.