Chicago’s Next Restaurant is a nouvelle contemporary dining experience that changes its menu every four months. Founded by chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, Next has received a 4-star review from the Chicago Tribune, a James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant in America,” and a Michelin star for 2020 and 2021.
Next received instant notoriety due to the success of chef Grant Achatz. Achatz’s highly acclaimed first restaurant, Alinea, had a unique ticketing format that carried over to Next. The restaurant sells pre-priced tickets for specific dates and times, like a sporting event or theater show.
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Located in Chicago’s historic Fulton Market area just north of the prime west Loop “Restaurant Row” on Randolph Street, Next opened in Chicago in April 2011 and showcases two bars, The Aviary, and The Office, an invite-only speakeasy located behind an unmarked metal door.
Other awards and special recognition for Next include four stars: Italia from the Chicago Tribune in 2019, 4 stars: Best of Jose Andres from Chicago Tribune, 2019, Top 100 Restaurants in the World from Elite Traveler, 2018, 4 Stars, Alinea: 2005-2010 from Chicago Tribune, 2018, 4 stars: Nouvelle, Chicago Tribune, 2018.
Pro Tip: Follow Next to get the latest trends and topics on world cuisine at Twitter @NextRestaurant.
Executive chef Ed Tinoco and Grant Achatz develop Next’s menus, which completely change style every few months, focusing on a different time period, parts of the world, or seasonal theme.
This hugely popular ticketing concept at one point sparked a phenom event, creating a waiting list and queue of over 6,600 people. Next’s new, improved ticketing system runs much smoother and is offered in some restaurants worldwide.
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Pro Tip: For special events, book early and check the website for availability way in advance!
Another idea Next highlights is wine and beverage pairings. Standard wine pairings consist of wines chosen to complete the multi-course tasting menu. In contrast, the Ultra wine pairing consists of the rarest wines from Next’s vintage collection with only limited availability.
Next also features non-alcoholic pairings blended daily from fresh fruits and vegetables. Beer and cocktails are not typically on the menu but may be present in Next’s pairing progression. In addition, next serves diners a small course tasting menu consisting of approximately 18 courses.
Pro Tip: 72 hours notice is necessary for dietary restrictions or allergies for dine-in bookings. Next tries to accommodate mild allergies but cannot guarantee to work in a nut, dairy, gluten, or allergen-free environment due to the complexity of the kitchen menus.
Valet parking is available for all Next patrons at the corner of West Fulton Market and Morgan Street. Next offers validated rates of $18.00 for the first four hours and $32.00 for up to eight hours.
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Next Dress Code is elevated casual. Jackets are not a requirement, but some guests opt to wear them.