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Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America, 2021 - Esquire

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

Best New Restaurants - Chicago Magazine

2 Michelin stars - 2022 Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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

Fine dining heavyweight Curtis Duffy to open a cocktail bar - Eater       

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 in the 2022 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 opened After lounge, right next door, on Oct. 27, 2022. Reservations for After can be made online.

• Ever Restaurant Group also opened The Canvas by Ever in fall 2022. The large room is a customizable space in which hosts can create elegant, unforgettable events. The Canvas is one of six luxe private events spaces at 1338 W. Fulton St. in Chicago.

Michelin Guide, 2-stars, 2021, 2022

AAA Five Diamond Rating, 2022

Chicago Tribune, Best New Restaurants, 2022

Esquire Magazine, Best New Restaurants in America, 2021

Chicago Magazine, Best New Restaurants, 2021

La Liste, Best New Arrivals of the Year, 2021

Chicago Tribune, 4-star rating by Phil Vettel, 2020

Ever is the third partnership of Chef Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, a sommelier by training. Ever was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2022 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. At the time, only about a dozen American chefs held three stars.

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 Restaurant Group, the men in the arena have artistic control over their fate.

Curtis Duffy
Chef and owner
For headshot

Michael Muser
Director of operations and owner
For headshot

Amy Cordell
Director of Hospitality

Justin Selk 
Chef de cuisine

Media interviews and inquiries
Melissa Harris,

Event appearances for Duffy or Muser  

Private dining or events at Ever

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