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Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel reviews Ever: Four Stars  - Chicago Tribune

How to Open a Top-Tier Restaurant in a Pandemic? Rethink Everything - The New York Times

Catching Up with Michael Muser - The Michelin Guide

Have you ever heard such a quiet restaurant? - Fooditor

The 21 Most Hotly Anticipated US Restaurant Openings of 2020 - Robb Report

Inside Curtis Duffy’s Ever, a Restaurant Hoping to Explore a New Frontier - Eater

Former Grace partners Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser reveal their next project - The Chicago Tribune

Chef Curtis Duffy on Justin Kaufmann's show - WBEZ

Chicago Creatives: Meet Restaurateur And Sommelier Michael Muser - WBEZ

For Grace - an award-winning documentary

Chef Curtis Duffy’s New Menu Promises Ever More Fine Dining Refinement - Eater

The Chef Curtis Duffy Plans His Next Chicago Restaurant - The New York Times

Michael Muser Plans to Build “The Most Extraordinary Dining Room in the Country” - New City

Ari and Maggie flip the format in interview with Chef Duffy and Michael Muser - Overserved podcast

Amuzed, a Podcast for Geniuses - Michael Muser’s podcast

Ever and Chef Curtis Duffy named to 2021 Best New Arrivals list -  La Liste                

Ever is the creative obsession of Chicago chef Curtis Duffy and his business partner Michael Muser.


• The Ever Experience is a single tasting menu, 8 to 10 courses featuring proteins from the land and sea and seasonal vegetables complemented with fruits, grains, seeds and nuts. 

• Carefully curated wine pairings are available, as is an a la carte menu of wines by the bottle and by the glass. The bar also offers classic cocktails and a limited beer selection.

• Ever’s number one priority is the health and safety of its guests and employees. See the Your Safety page for more information on the measures Ever is taking.

• Ever opened July 28, 2020, and was designed by Lawton Stanley Architects. 

• Ever was affected by the pandemic restaurant shutdown that lasted from October 2020 to January 2021 but reopened for indoor dining on Feb. 16, 2021.

• Ever was awarded two Michelin stars for its first few months of service, in the 2021 Michelin Guide.

• At full capacity, Ever seats approximately 75 people, including a private dining room for up to 10 guests.

• Reservations must be made online.

Ever is the third partnership of Chef Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, a sommelier by training. Ever was awarded two Michelin stars, for its first few months of service, in the 2021 Michelin Guide.

Their first restaurant together, Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago, was honored with two Michelin stars in 2011. Their second, Grace, earned two Michelin stars in its first year and three stars in four consecutive Michelin Guides, from 2015-2018.

Such achievement requires a leader who is never satisfied and never finished. And it requires a team in which every member harnesses a relentless inner drive for refinement, day by day, detail by exacting detail.

In the 2016 documentary “For Grace,” filmmakers chronicled Grace’s creation and tell the riveting story of how Chef Duffy’s turbulent past shaped the person he is today.  It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube .

Duffy’s and Muser’s ambitions have only intensified, and now, as owners of Ever, the men in the arena have artistic control over their fate.

Curtis Duffy
Chef and owner
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Michael Muser
Director of operations and owner
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Amy Cordell
General manager

Justin Selk 
Chef de cuisine

Richard "Richie" Farina 
Sous chef  

Media interviews and inquiries
Melissa Harris,

Event appearances for Duffy or Muser  

Private dining or events at Ever

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Photos for use by media can be found here. All photos by Michael Muser.