Some Chicago diners' decision to bring their 8-month-old along to one of the nation's most acclaimed restaurants is currently at the center of an uproar. Alinea chef tweeted about his restaurant's tiny guest's crying fit on Saturday night, questioning whether he should consider banning babies going forward. (In case you were wondering, Alinea -- Chicago's lone restaurant boasting Michelin's coveted three-star rating -- definitely does not have a kids' menu. Nor high chairs.) His tweets prompted a range of responses, some in defense of the baby-toting diners -- whose babysitter canceled at the last minute -- and others backing a baby ban at upscale restaurants like Alinea.
Alinea, operates on a ticketing system, so all meals are paid in advance. Its typically high-demand tickets will set you back between $210 and $265 -- plus the cost of drinks, gratuity and tax. Though the tickets are non-refundable and can’t be resold or transferred to others.