I've been stalking Next for over 3 months already for a reservation in October. They tell me "calm down, wait until September", but I'm now seeing resales on the Facebook page, presumably from season ticket holders. The shock (to me) is that the 'face value' resales are well over $200 a ticket. My understanding was that Next changed themes, but generally stayed in the mid $100s. Is this wrong?
I wrote the restaurant, and will update with the answer, but since my dates are now under 2 months away, alternatives are filling up, and I think I need alternatives if I'm unwilling to pay over $200.
So here's what I'm coming up with:
GRACE - also over $200 ($205 to be exact), so that's out.
NORTH POND - not taking reservations yet ($90 for 5-course menu)
TRU - (11-course $158/7-course $115)
MOTO - ($175 - yeesh, though it seems Alinea-esque for $100 less)
GOOSEFOOT - $135 with free corkage sounds perfect. Location not so.
SCHWA - $110 9-course with (basically) free corkage also sounds perfect, but the whole cancellation of reservations not cool.
I have Girl and the Goat reserved in the "casual and can take kids" department, and I will of course be eating deep dish pizza. But I'd like 2 or 3 "experience" dinners (sans kids) too.
I'm staying at the Hyatt on the south bank of the Chicago River, so Goosefoot is definitely a geographical challenge (savings on food and corkage will go toward paying for cab). It seems to be filling up fastest.