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  • Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu ★★★★

    Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu ★★★★
    After 10 iterations in which Next has looked outward, creating menus inspired by cuisine from turn-of-the-century Paris, street food from Thailand and the gastronomic wonders of El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the shape-shifting Next has adopted an inward gaze, focusing on the early work of chef/partner Grant Achatz in a menu called "Trio."
  • Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer

    Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer
    All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...

    Hot Doug's and the melancholy of closed restaurants

    Hot Doug's and the melancholy of closed restaurants
    There's something about coming across a newly vacated restaurant that feels like a gut punch. Businesses close all the time in sometimes startling, often melancholy-inducing ways. (Dominick's RIP.) But you shop in stores. You live in restaurants....

    Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses

    Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses
    The highs in Chicago dining this year put our city on top of the world, while the lows were unbearably sad. In between was news with a common thread: to put good food in front of Chicagoans. Here, now, our look back at the food year that was. Sad...

    Aviary team scouting location for new 'drinking establishment'

    Aviary team scouting location for new 'drinking establishment'
    A mysterious blog tipped us off this morning to the possibility that Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz and the team behind cocktail spot The Aviary and restaurants Next and Alinea had a new project in the works. Kokonas, a partner in all three venues,...