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The Eater Chicago Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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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. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.



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

01/02/14 Added: Cicchetti, Coppervine, Baffo

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

03/06/14 Added: Boka, Spritz Burger, Stella Barra Pizzeria

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

05/01/14 Added: Cocello, Japonais by Morimoto, Yum Cha

06/05/14 Added: Parachute, Laughing Bird, Ramen-San

07/03/14 Added: Knife & Tine, Masada, Boltwood

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

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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The Boka revamp features a brand new style from acclaimed chef Lee Wolen. A new buildout, 180 degrees from the prior look, adds to the more approachable vibe.

2. Green Street Smoked Meats

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112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 754-0434
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The busiest restaurateur in Chicago, Brendan Sodikoff, has unveiled a concept unlike any he's unleashed yet. Barbecue springs from smokers inside a raw West Loop warehouse that also houses his tiny ramen shop in the basement (High Five Ramen) and eventually a juice bar.

3. Parachute

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3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 654-1460
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Top chef alum Beverly Kim and husband John Clark opened their first restaurant and eaters around the city are flocking to check out the unpretentious and inventive Korean-American cuisine.

4. Tête Charcuterie

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1114 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-1178
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Randolph Row has a new house of meats and cocktails. Delayed for many months, swing by Tete for its glass charcuterie bar and artisan dishes.

5. Laughing Bird

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4514 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
The reconcept of Tank Sushi has brought former Bar Pastoral chef Chrissy Camba's Filipino food to an appreciative audience.

6. The Promontory

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5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 801-2100
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The Longman & Eagle crew's new beauty brings creative hearth-fired dishes, a choose-your-own cocktail menu, and live music to the South Side.

7. 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.

8. Bohemian House

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

9. Boltwood

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804 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Head north of the border to taste a Paul Kahan protege's menu of unpretentious market-driven food.

10. Knife & Tine

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1417 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 697-8311
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Former Moto and iNG chef Nate Park is cooking inventive takes on comfort food day and night in the former stomping grounds of Dale Levitski.

11. Osteria Langhe

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2824 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1582
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The Piemonte region of Italy is authentically displayed on Armitage in Logan Square and is already drawing a who's who industry crowd.

12. 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.

13. Xoco Wicker Park

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1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Rick Bayless' first new Chicago restaurant in more than four years has brought tortas, hard to find craft beer, brunch and much more to Wicker Park.

14. 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.

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1. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
The Boka revamp features a brand new style from acclaimed chef Lee Wolen. A new buildout, 180 degrees from the prior look, adds to the more approachable vibe.
1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Green Street Smoked Meats

112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
The busiest restaurateur in Chicago, Brendan Sodikoff, has unveiled a concept unlike any he's unleashed yet. Barbecue springs from smokers inside a raw West Loop warehouse that also houses his tiny ramen shop in the basement (High Five Ramen) and eventually a juice bar.
112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Parachute

3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Top chef alum Beverly Kim and husband John Clark opened their first restaurant and eaters around the city are flocking to check out the unpretentious and inventive Korean-American cuisine.
3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Tête Charcuterie

1114 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Randolph Row has a new house of meats and cocktails. Delayed for many months, swing by Tete for its glass charcuterie bar and artisan dishes.
1114 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Laughing Bird

4514 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
The reconcept of Tank Sushi has brought former Bar Pastoral chef Chrissy Camba's Filipino food to an appreciative audience.
4514 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. The Promontory

5311 S Lake Park West, Chicago, IL 60615
The Longman & Eagle crew's new beauty brings creative hearth-fired dishes, a choose-your-own cocktail menu, and live music to the South Side.
5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615

7. 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

8. Bohemian House

11 West Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Downtown now has a creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.
11 West Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Boltwood

804 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Head north of the border to taste a Paul Kahan protege's menu of unpretentious market-driven food.
804 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201

10. Knife & Tine

1417 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL
Former Moto and iNG chef Nate Park is cooking inventive takes on comfort food day and night in the former stomping grounds of Dale Levitski.
1417 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL

11. Osteria Langhe

2824 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Piemonte region of Italy is authentically displayed on Armitage in Logan Square and is already drawing a who's who industry crowd.
2824 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. 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

13. Xoco Wicker Park

1471 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Rick Bayless' first new Chicago restaurant in more than four years has brought tortas, hard to find craft beer, brunch and much more to Wicker Park.
1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. 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

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