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What's Next?

Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas posed that question to one another and the resulting answer was the 2011 opening of their constantly changing concept, Next Restaurant. Rather than stick to a given, Next completely shifts its style every few months, focusing on a different country, theme, or moment in time. The total lack of template allows for limitless freedom and yet demands absolute focus. The menu, beverage program, service style, and necessary equipment can move from “Paris: 1906” to “A Tour of Thailand” to “Childhood” in a single year. This is the magic of Next.

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Next Restaurant has been acclaimed from its inception. In 2011, Next won the James Beard Foundation Award for the Best New Restaurant in the United States. It received the same distinction from the Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards, and since opening has garnered an unprecedented 21 four-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and a Michelin star in 2020 for its menus.

Tables at Next are booked via Tock. Season tickets for the entire year are also available. Private functions may be hosted in one of two ways: by reserving The Room any date the restaurant is open, or by booking the entire restaurant on dates the restaurant is closed.

The Room

The Room at Next is a private dining room located downstairs from the main dining room. In this dramatic setting, up to 10 guests can experience the cuisine of Next. While payment is required for a minimum of 7 guests, you are welcome to dine with a party smaller than this.


Service in The Room will be by a dedicated server or team of servers. All details are dependent on the scope of the function and the day of the week. If you opt for a buyout of Next when we would normally be closed, our complete team of chefs and servers will provide for your every need.

Private dining functions at Next Restaurant include:
• The current Next menu

• Premium table wine pairings which may also include other alcoholic beverages, depending on the menu

• Menu-themed coffee service

Pricing for The Room and private events at Next changes each menu. Please email for pricing information.

We look forward to creating a truly memorable experience for you and your guests.

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