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The Most Popular Stories on Eater Chicago in 2011

Photo: Stories about Next and Grant Achatz dominated on Eater this year.

There's no question this year has been a crazy one in the Chicago food world, what with all the openings, closings, chef shuffles, drama (Black Sheep, anyone?). And while the Eater 38 (and the Heat Map updates) grabbed most of your eyeballs, here are the posts that garnered the most attention this year with their actual news. With that, the biggest stories of 2011 on Eater Chicago ...

1. Next Restaurant's Paris 1906 Menu in Picutres
2. Next Restaurant's Childhood Menu in Photos & Video
3. Next Childhood Sells Out; Grant Achatz & Dave Beran Talk About the Concept, Menu
4. Bistro 110 to Close After 25 Years; New Tony Mantuano Project Taking its Place
5. Hot Roof Decks to Hit Memorial Day Weekend ... and All Summer
6. Michelin Guide Announces 2012 Bib Gourmand Picks
7. The Top Restaurants to Watch for This Fall
8. Graham Elliot Recruits Sola, The Gage, Bonsoiree for Lollapalooza; Kuma's, Franks 'N' Dawgs, Blue 13 Return
9. Alinea Named No. 6 Best Restaurant in the World
10. Michelin Guide Revealed: Alinea Keeps 3 Stars; L20 Drops to 1; Avenues Off List
11. Jay-Z, Beyonce Hit Vincent While Waiting for Great Lake
12. GT Fish & Oyster, Officially Open Thursday, By the Numbers
13. A Look Inside The Aviary on Opening Day; See Why People Waited Six Hours For the First Sip

All Year in Eater Chicago Coverage [~EChi~]

Great Lake

1477 W Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 773 334 9270

The Aviary

955 N. Morgan St & W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website


1475 W Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 773 334 7168 Visit Website

Next Restaurant

953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 312 226 0858 Visit Website

Graham Elliot

217 W Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 624 9975 Visit Website


1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website