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The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, December 2014

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort.

And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change on a regular basis to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

12/05/13 Added: Eataly, Nico Osteria, A10, The Radler

01/02/14 Added: CicchettiCoppervineBaffo

02/06/14 Added: 42 Grams, Green Street Smoked MeatsKinmont

03/06/14 Added: BokaSpritz BurgerStella Barra Pizzeria

04/03/14 Added: Leghorn, Tete Charcuterie, Bottlefork

05/01/14 Added: CocelloJaponais by Morimoto, Yum Cha

06/05/14 Added: ParachuteLaughing BirdRamen-San

07/03/14 Added: Knife & Tine, MasadaBoltwood

08/07/14 Added: The Promontory, mfk, Bohemian HouseOsteria Langhe

09/04/14 Added: RPM Steak, Xoco Wicker Park, Salero

10/02/14 Added: Dove's LuncheonetteUmami BurgerBaker Miller Bakery & Millhouse

11/06/14 Added: Momotaro, Shake ShackCharlatanThe Kitchen

12/05/14 Added: Oak + Char, Roxie's By The Slice, Fahlstrom's Fresh Fish Market

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bohemian House

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11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-0439
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Downtown now has a beautiful and creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.

2. MFK.

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432 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-2540
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Look for pretty seafood dishes and a summer-all-the-time vibe in an intimate white-washed room on Diversey.

3. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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A glitzy see-and-be-seen spot with some culinary cred, RPM Steak looks like an exclusive 50's steakhouse but has a diverse and current menu.

4. Umami Burger

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1480 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 423-2005
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Diners are flocking to Wicker Park to taste the forward-thinking burgers, cocktails, and sides at Umami Burger's first location off the coasts.

5. Dove's Luncheonette

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1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4060
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The latest from Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality is predictably drawing eaters from around the city. Head to the Tex-Mex diner next to Big Star for interesting twists on Mexican and Texan classics and a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.

6. Baker Miller

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4610 Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
The new bakery and cafe from the former Bang Bang Pie Shop owners was so busy in the early going that they had to cut back on hours. Try sweet and savory baked goods made with flours milled in-house and composed dishes at all three meals.

7. Salero

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621 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1000
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The team behind Lakeview's Wood have brought cuisine from the Basque region of Spain to a minimalist candlelit space on Randolph Row.

8. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-4818
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The latest project from the Boka Group may just be their crown jewel. Three floors beckon in the West Loop, full of different styles of Japanese cuisine, bars, and an eye-popping design.

9. Shake Shack

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66 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
Years in the making, Chicago finally has a location of Danny Meyer's worldwide burger sensation. Be prepared for lines and delicious, affordable food.

10. Charlatan

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1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 818-2073
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The new restaurant from the Three Aces guys brings an edgy vibe, an array of pastas, and creative dishes like the pig's head for two to the former West Town Tavern space.

11. The Kitchen

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316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-1300
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The Colorado philanthropic import brought former Telegraph chef Johnny Anderes into a gorgeous buildout overlooking the Chicago River.

12. Oak + Char

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217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 643-2427
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There's plenty of heat at Oak + Char, the former Untitled guys' new restaurant with wood-burning cuisine and chic wood-themed remodeling of Graham Elliot's former stomping grounds.

13. Roxie's By The Slice

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1732 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
Brendan Sodikoff's foray into pizza gives Wicker Park and Bucktown oversized Brooklyn-style slices and craft beer until the wee hours.

14. Fahlstrom's Fresh Fish Market

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1258 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-6000
A seafood-driven diner, Potbelly-esque seafood sandwiches, and a fresh fish market converge in West Lakeview.

1. Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Downtown now has a beautiful and creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.
11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. MFK.

432 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
Look for pretty seafood dishes and a summer-all-the-time vibe in an intimate white-washed room on Diversey.
432 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

3. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
A glitzy see-and-be-seen spot with some culinary cred, RPM Steak looks like an exclusive 50's steakhouse but has a diverse and current menu.
66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Umami Burger

1480 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Diners are flocking to Wicker Park to taste the forward-thinking burgers, cocktails, and sides at Umami Burger's first location off the coasts.
1480 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Dove's Luncheonette

1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The latest from Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality is predictably drawing eaters from around the city. Head to the Tex-Mex diner next to Big Star for interesting twists on Mexican and Texan classics and a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.
1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Baker Miller

4610 Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
The new bakery and cafe from the former Bang Bang Pie Shop owners was so busy in the early going that they had to cut back on hours. Try sweet and savory baked goods made with flours milled in-house and composed dishes at all three meals.
4610 Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

7. Salero

621 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
The team behind Lakeview's Wood have brought cuisine from the Basque region of Spain to a minimalist candlelit space on Randolph Row.
621 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

8. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
The latest project from the Boka Group may just be their crown jewel. Three floors beckon in the West Loop, full of different styles of Japanese cuisine, bars, and an eye-popping design.
820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Shake Shack

66 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Years in the making, Chicago finally has a location of Danny Meyer's worldwide burger sensation. Be prepared for lines and delicious, affordable food.
66 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Charlatan

1329 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
The new restaurant from the Three Aces guys brings an edgy vibe, an array of pastas, and creative dishes like the pig's head for two to the former West Town Tavern space.
1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

11. The Kitchen

316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
The Colorado philanthropic import brought former Telegraph chef Johnny Anderes into a gorgeous buildout overlooking the Chicago River.
316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Oak + Char

217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
There's plenty of heat at Oak + Char, the former Untitled guys' new restaurant with wood-burning cuisine and chic wood-themed remodeling of Graham Elliot's former stomping grounds.
217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Roxie's By The Slice

1732 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647
Brendan Sodikoff's foray into pizza gives Wicker Park and Bucktown oversized Brooklyn-style slices and craft beer until the wee hours.
1732 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Fahlstrom's Fresh Fish Market

1258 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
A seafood-driven diner, Potbelly-esque seafood sandwiches, and a fresh fish market converge in West Lakeview.
1258 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

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