TRU
TRU
  • Address:
    676 North Saint Clair Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $50 and over

TRU

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.trurestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122020001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Thursday:6pm - 10pm; Friday:5.30pm - 11pm; Saturday: 5pm - 11pm; Sunday: Closed.



    Tru is closed on all major holidays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Martin
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please visit the special events section of our web site, www.trurestaurant.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huron
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Saint Clair Street directly in front of the restaurant during dinner hours; $14 per vehicle.
A word from TRU
Tru is a Mobil four star and AAA five diamond restaurant that has received four-star reviews from Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine. Accolades from the James Beard House include Best New restaurant nomination in 2000 and Outstanding Service Award in 2006. Tru also has been honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 2004 and with one star in the Michelin guide since 2010.

We are an adult environment with a dress code policy: jackets are required for gentleman and elegant-casual, business or evening attire for ladies.

Dining in the lounge is also available.
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TRU reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)fit for foodies (67)romantic (52)notable wine list (48)hot spot (6)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Michelin star worthy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Excellent food and service. Reservations manager was very quick to respond to emails which was much appreciated. Very nice space. Loved the art on the walls. Definitely a Michelin star worthy establishment.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norsktorsk
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    fantastic every time. Food was impeccable. Service without miss. Staff very friendly. Great deep mature wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to TRU for my wife's 60th birthday. Other than the tab, outstanding in every way. Accommodated the two with shellfish allergies, customized menu. Service was amazing - never saw synchronized serving (3 servers simultaneously to 3 then spin and the next three). We had the 'tasting menu' - I suggest getting the wine parings ---- buying bottles ended up being more expensive. Each course was interesting to look at and delicious. The little chocolate casings around delicately flavored HIGHLY whipped treats were a surprise - thought they would be heavier, but the chocolate was not much thicker than parchment and the fillings were like air. This is not typical 90 minute meal, we were there about 4 hours. Blows Spaggio's away.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    MattR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    At this price point ($400+ pp) you expect perfection. This was not. Had to ask for wine, had a fork dropped on me, lots of clearly new and untrained staff, especially for a Sat night. Food was well executed but not memorable. There are other Chi restaurants at this level. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding evening
    KSKORMAN
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    TRU was an amazing experience - Loved every dish except the main course - as non meat eaters, the choice was either a beef dish or duck which had an additional charge of $40 per person - which would have been acceptable but the duck was seriously underdone - a real disappointment. Seems that there should have also been a fish dish available. Otherwise, it was a magical evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • TRUly amazing
    Wino
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Overall a wonderful dining experience. Attentive but not overbearing service (but be ready to stop your conversation when they come to present a dish). Food is exquisitely prepared and presented. Flavor profiles amazing. If duck is on the menu, you must get it even though there is a supplement. Definitely worth it. I do not love duck and it is by far the best I've ever had. the sun choke dish wasn't my favorite simply because the trout roe overpowered the delicate flavors. I would eat here anytime I'm in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great first time experience on Saturday. The ambience was very calming and relaxing in the beginning but as the restaurant got filled up the noise level went up and the service level became hectic. There was a big group of business men which didn't fit the restaurant environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tired
    lbb1024
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been going to Tru for years. The new menu is very mediocre. Nothing that interesting or flavorful. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top of its Game
    JimmythepickVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tru has figured out how to be distinctive in all ways.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was outstanding and food was wonderful but too expensive for a return visit.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Presumptuous rather than refined
    summitepicure
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Service that is so over-done that it is oppressive and silly. Food that confuses complexity for taste. They miss the point that fine dining should leave all senses satisfied.
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  • My daughter birthday
    Nemo2k
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The dinner was full of details since we arrive at the restaurant, the personalized menu and the cake with the candle at the end. That was very special detail framed in a spectacular dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tru not so true
    Sabthelab
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Looked forward to dinner at this Chi-town icon but our experience was undermined by a supercilious and arrogant set of wait-people who displayed a level of entitlement unusual to a Michelin Star restaurant. Tall good looking people walking around in dark suits looking like part of a special service detail looking after the President who may have happened to be dining there that evening. And as a result, we felt somewhat secondary and superfluous. It was a shame as the food was superb and presentation was amazing but I wouldn't venture back (in contrast to the following night at Moto!)
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Discrimination against foreigners?
    Jim92
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our trip to the United States to eat a lot of great restaurants, but TRU excluded. Food was good, but the service is poor. Night nobody actually came over and asked us how it feels. Meal the waiter not only impatient, not even looking at speech us and we think this is very rude of .400 dollars on dinner undermines our good mood all night and we would like to ask the restaurant, which is discrimination against foreigners?
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  • Divine Food
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It's hard to believe this a a Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant. We saved our loyalty points to mitigate the expense. It was a wonderful experience. The food is divine, plating was whimsical, service was perfect, and they sent us home with little muffins for the next morning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    tjssVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Have now been there multiple times and I love it more each time. Exquisite, inventive, food perfectly presented. Every dish pleases greatly. Setting is perfect with lots of space between tables, great acoustics so one can have a quiet and private conversation, fabulous art that is as appealing as the food. Cannot recommend strongly enough. Doesn't have the glitz of Alinea, but the food is as good and the setting is far superior. Do not miss it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing
    ChewChew
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Every detail is perfectly looked after. The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and bring everything out with a beautiful synchronicity. Food is exceptional and exquisite. Unforgettable.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant
    OperationDinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Simply one of the best restaurants I've eaten at. The server promised the duck was the best we'd find anywhere -- and he was right. The appetizer portion could be somewhat larger, given the overall price of the meal -- and from what I could see, the same could be said of the beef main course -- but the duck was no only fantastic, it was a very generous portion. Dessert was creative and fabulous-tasting, as well. Service is superb. Pleasant ambience, although the contemporary soundtrack could be turned down a bit so as to be less obtrusive. Overall, a tremendous place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to great, expectations
    NearNorthVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It's kind of hard to judge an experience like TRU. What do you expect from dining that will cost you at least $500 for two? For some of us, that is pretty much the most we will ever pay for dinner, so this *should* be perfection. For others it might not be the case, there is room for an even higher grade. I will say that the food presentation was exquisite, the menu inventive and flavors often unique. Quantity was a little lacking, but I was hungry. The service was good, but not flawless. Minor things, I was bought the wrong coffee, the replacement took too long, breaking the meal flow and I was (originally) charged for 2 additional drinks I didn't order, nor consume. My wife and I had a very nice time, but I don't see us returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Culinary Experience
    Nerpachka
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave....everything was superb!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our dinner at Tru was very nice. The service was exceptional. I am not sure I would choose to return simply because the cost is extraordinary. $500 for a meal for two is pricey even with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • creative and well executed dishes
    8523
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Portions are small but very creative. Wine list is excellent. Very expensive.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was expecting to be blown away having heard so many great things about Tru. Unfortunately of all things I was disappointed with the wait staff. There was so many of them they were almost getting in each others way. But, for some unknown reason they ignored us. I had to wait to request a second glass of wine. Once I got it my dinner was basically over. I waited to order a after dinner drink and when they finally came they never came back with a menu. Also the waitress raced through the food descriptions which made it seem like she was really not interested. Overall, it was a "nice" restaurant but considering this was the most I've ever paid for a dinner for two I was expecting to be wowed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    Leaf
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went to Tru for our 16th anniversary. The food and the service was simply amazing. We had a great time which we will remember for a long time. The food is expensive but it is worth it! I would highly recommend Tru to anyone who is interested in great food and amazing service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our second trip to TRU. We chose the TRU experience which was wonderful! There were many different flavors and ingredients presented in a multitude of ways. Each course was amazing. I really enjoyed their play on a gazpacho, which involved a tomato slice instead of a soup. The flavors didn't overpower each other and each course built on the previous. I look forward to going back and trying the crispy duck. If you are in search of a nice place that will cater to your tastes and dietary needs, try TRU. They are very accommodating and their attention to detail is evident in the food, setting, and service!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and inventive
    BillinChicago
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    All the courses were delightful and the wine pairings were excellent. We ordered the lesser tasting menu but with the additional duck breast course. I would not recommend the latter, however, because it was a huge portion and without it there certainly would have been enough food! Still, the whole experience was wonderful and the restaurant is very quiet with museum-quality art on the walls and subdued (but actually somewhat interesting) background music. Compares favorably, in my opinion, with Alinea.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlakeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While we've been to many other high-end restaurants in Chicago, this was our first visit to TRU and completely met and exceeded our expectations. We went for our anniversary this year and the staff fully personalized our meal to the occasion, including personalized menus that we got to keep that detailed each course/wine pairing that we experienced. As expected, each course was beautifully presented so we had a hard time picking our favorites. I love black truffles so it was quite a treat when no less than four courses included them. Make SURE you get the duck, either through one of the tasting menus or as an add on. I can honestly say this was the best duck I have ever eaten. We'll definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • great evening
    rvf419VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for our 46th anniversary and were treated like royalty! Everything we had was outstanding and it will not be our last visit.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still wonderful
    MKPASA
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. We again ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. Tru makes the most of the end of summer when great produce and fruit is in season. The service was very accommodating without feeling overbearing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    "Tru"ly never disappoints !!! The meal was delicious, the presentation beautiful, the service first rate... Yearly anniversary dinner !!! See you next year...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tru is Truly Fantastic!
    DebO52VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went to Tru for our 40th wedding anniversary-what a wonderful meal we had. We have been to Tru before, but this was the best meal ever. Service, as usual was outstanding and Hannah made our dining experience wonderful. If you are looking for a truly wonderful meal, outstanding service and an atmosphere where people are comfortable and relaxed then Tru is a place you should try, you will not be disappointed. Thanks again, Hannah and staff for a terrific time. And to the Chef, my husband is still talking about the best duck he has ever consumed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before there was Alinea
    JoeGoldberg1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was surprised to learn how long TRU has been around but if I remember correctly it is almost 20 years. The food was outstanding, the flavor combinations were perfect, presentation was artistic and the service was impeccable. Whatever menu you order, you have to get the duck! For many people, I assume they will like that it is a very quiet spot, and perhaps it was because I was there on a Wednesday night but there was no energy in the room. But it clearly didn't take away from a wonderful dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MR3000
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I wanted to take my wife back to Tru again for her birthday as a "safe" option, because they are very good and consistent. The duck was so shockingly excellent that I can't call it a "safe" choice anymore - it is more appropriately a truly unique fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The cheese stands alone
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ordered abbreviated tasting menu ($115 each), added caviar ($77) and whole roasted duck ($120). Offered the cheese cart towards end of meal. We couldn't remember if it was included or was being offered because of extra items ordered or since it was our anniversary. We're not big cheese people but tried it anyway since it was given to us. Much to our surprise, we were charged $40 for a la carte cheese! That's was extremely disappointing since we didn't ask for the cheese nor did anyone say anything; the charge just appeared on our bill. If it was a mistake, it was Tru's mistake. As for duck, we got served the breasts and small portion of a leg (definitely wanted more of the duck for the $). Never been so disappointed spending $675 before!
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  • Great place, great staff
    WhiteBreadVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The room hasn't changed much in the 13 years I last dined here . The food remains excellent. Service is top-notched . The dessert selection was uninspiring compared to my last experience. I do no think S'mores should ever end a five star restaurant experience. The chocolate layer dessert was terrible. I suggests having spectacular desserts as it is the last thing we all remembered.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining Experience
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was the second time we went to Tru and brought our family (older children). The entire experience lasted ~ 3 hours. The food was phenomenal the service was good; however, the busier the restaurant became, the longer time it took between courses. This was a bit frustrating as we had not experienced this the first time. The "choreography" of the servings was far more involved the first time around…this time, the only thing we noticed was that the water was poured at the same time. All in all, we had a wonderful time and they were able to handle providing food for my daughter who has celiac (needs to be gluten free). Just know that this restaurant is not inexpensive ($1100 for the four of us-two non-drinkers), but well worth it!
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  • Top notch service and food
    Duanekeats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great restaurant. From service when you walk in. To every little touch during your dinner is one of the best I have ever seen. The food unreal and flavours with the wine pairings were perfect. They have mastered every step here at tru great job chef. Managers. Server assistants. Dishwashers cooks servers and the hostess. Unreal experience
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Experience!
    jwbspa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    From the moment you arrive you are treated like a special guest. They have thought of every detail! The courses arrive at your table choreographed to perfection. Visually the food was beautiful and the flavor matched its presentation with incredible flavors. At no point did I feel uncomfortable or awkward. I would highly reccomend this dinning experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our entire dining experience was wonderful. The staff was extremely friendly, and also very helpful in assisting us in making food and wine selections. TRU deserves it's great reputation, and I look forward to returning.
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  • Good food but far too pricey
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had a delicious seafood appetizer and scallops entrée but I really didn't feel that the small food portions or service merited a $125 fixed price. While the service was attentive, it really wasn't very friendly. The waiters were very stiff and far too formal. The wine list certainly offered many great but very expensive wines. The cheapest carafe of cabernet was $80.00. If you are looking for expensive fine dining for a special location, you might consider TRU but bring lots of cash. My dinner for one cost $250 including a tip.
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