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The School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Goose Island, which has a list of notable chef/owner graduates such as Shawn McClain (Green Zebra), Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), and Michael Altenberg (Crust) offers diners the opportunity to taste the classroom projects of chefs-in-training long before they become famous. The menus change quarterly; dinner offers a la carte choices and the lunch menu is prix-fixe (and a great value, priced at less than $20 for three courses). There's also a $29 three-course prix-fixe dinner option Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Feeling generous? A portion of any guest gratuities from the Dining Room are placed in a student scholarship fund.