Finally, award-winning Alinea chef Grant Achatz opened a more reasonably priced eatery where hipsters, young professionals and wealthy foodies could all break bread together. With its innovative ticketed reservation policy and a shifting multi-course menu every three months, Next struck a chord in the fickle food world. The first menu was April’s Paris, 1906–Escoffier at the Ritz replete with duck, gratin potatoes and edible flowers. A Thai menu and the current Childhood menu followed featuring food served in classic lunch boxes and interpretations of pb&j and s’mores. It’s no wonder when 20,000 people tried to obtain tickets for
Childhood the Thai menu that Next’s website crashed.
953 West Fulton Market
1450 West Chicago
Best of Chicago 2011