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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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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.

Green Street Smoked Meats

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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.

Parachute

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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.

Tête Charcuterie

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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.

Laughing Bird

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The reconcept of Tank Sushi has brought former Bar Pastoral chef Chrissy Camba's Filipino food to an appreciative audience.

The Promontory

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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.

Look for pretty seafood dishes and a summer-all-the-time vibe in an intimate white-washed room on Diversey.

Bohemian House

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Downtown now has a creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.

Boltwood

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Head north of the border to taste a Paul Kahan protege's menu of unpretentious market-driven food.

Knife & Tine

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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.

Osteria Langhe

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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.

RPM Steak

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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.

Xoco Wicker Park

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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.

The team behind Lakeview's Wood have brought cuisine from the Basque region of Spain to a minimalist candlelit space on Randolph Row.

Boka

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.

Green Street Smoked Meats

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.

Parachute

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.

Tête Charcuterie

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.

Laughing Bird

The reconcept of Tank Sushi has brought former Bar Pastoral chef Chrissy Camba's Filipino food to an appreciative audience.

The Promontory

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.

Mfk.

Look for pretty seafood dishes and a summer-all-the-time vibe in an intimate white-washed room on Diversey.

Bohemian House

Downtown now has a creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.

Boltwood

Head north of the border to taste a Paul Kahan protege's menu of unpretentious market-driven food.

Knife & Tine

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.

Osteria Langhe

The Piemonte region of Italy is authentically displayed on Armitage in Logan Square and is already drawing a who's who industry crowd.

RPM Steak

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.

Xoco Wicker Park

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.

Salero

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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