Strategies for getting into super-hot Next

Here's the ticket for getting into city's super-hot Next restaurant

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The good news is that Next, the sequel restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, is living up to its sky-high expectations.

The bad is that it has been excruciatingly difficult to get into this restaurant in its first few weeks. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

What's the number to call for reservations?

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There isn't one. To dine at Next (953 W. Fulton Market), you have to buy tickets, which are sold at nextrestaurant.com.

So I just go online?
Well … no. Early ticket sales have been restricted to those people who joined Next's "notify me" online list. If you signed up before March 31, you're in the system. If not, wait. Kokonas says the system will be open to all "sometime in the next two weeks."

I'm in the system, but it says everything's sold out. Now what?
Check back every morning at 10 a.m., when 15 or so additional tables (sized for two or four) are released. Same-night tables are available via Facebook as well (search "Next restaurant" on facebook.com).

How much are tickets?
They range, depending on the day, from $65 to $110; wine pairings are $48 or $98. Additionally, tax and tip are rolled into the final, prepaid price.

Have most seats been sold?
Kokonas says about 70 percent of the seats for the Paris 1906 menu (which runs about 12 weeks) are gone. But then there will be a new menu and a new three-month run. Those tickets will go on sale sometime in June.

Is it worth the trouble?
Read what I had to say about Next at chicagotribune.com/next. Then decide.

pvettel@tribune.com

Twitter @PhilVettel
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Funnyman Will Ferrell began his career in comedy with the Los Angeles comedy group The Groundlings, which led to his SNL discovery.

In 2003, Ferrell gained movie stardom with the release of his hit holiday comedy, "Elf." He also starred in a slew of other popular comedies, including "Old School," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Ferrell changed pace when he starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in the 2006 drama "Stranger Than Fiction," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In the film, Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS worker who continuously hears a narration of the story of his life -- and he do...
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Funnyman Will Ferrell began his career in comedy with the Los Angeles comedy group The Groundlings, which led to his SNL discovery.

In 2003, Ferrell gained movie stardom with the release of his hit holiday comedy, "Elf." He also starred in a slew of other popular comedies, including "Old School," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Ferrell changed pace when he starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in the 2006 drama "Stranger Than Fiction," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In the film, Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS worker who continuously hears a narration of the story of his life -- and he doesn't like the ending.

Ferrell returns to film this summer in the adventure comedy "Land of the Lost," a big-screen remake of the 1970s TV series.
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