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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.


03/07/13 Added: Found, Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed, Oiistar

04/04/13 Added: Takito Kitchen, Rickshaw Republic, Earth + Ocean

05/02/13 Added: Brindille, Kabocha

06/06/13 Added: Parson's Chicken and Fish, Juno Restaurant, endgrain

07/11/13 Added: Lao 18, Mott Street, Homestead on the Roof, OON

08/01/13 Added: County Barbecue, Restaurant Beatrix

09/05/13 Added: Tanta, Dillman's, Burke's Bacon Bar

10/03/13 Added: Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Dusek's Board & Beer, Four Belly Asian Street Food

11/07/13 Added: The Dawson, Chop Shop, Smalls, Gogi

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. Tanta

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118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
Since opening in mid-August, Gaston Acurio's first foray into the Midwest has drawn rave reviews and buzz from diners and media. It's no wonder he's one of the most renowned chefs in the world.

2. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-4000
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Diners are flocking to Honey Butter Fried Chicken, finally feasting on Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp's cultish preparation in a restaurant setting. Although the chicken is the star, the side dishes are also making waves.

3. Juno Restaurant

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2638 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(872) 206-8662
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Jason Chan and B.K. Park had abrupt endings with their former restaurants and joined forces to open Juno. The "contemporary Japanese" cuisine is delicately plated inside the former Merlo space that's made over with Japanese pop art.

4. Parson's Chicken & Fish

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2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
US, IL 60647
(773) 384-3333
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The latest Land and Sea Dept. project was kept quiet for months and opened unannounced. Now that it's open, however, diners are flocking for the fried chicken, fish, Negroni slushies, and the '77 El Camino.

5. Brindille

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534 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 595-1616
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Carrie Nahabedian's second restaurant is finally here. The concept has all the grace and taste of her first, Naha, but with a slightly more approachable vibe and a Parisian-centric theme.

6. Homestead on the Roof

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4949
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Homestead on the Roof reopened for the summer with beefed-up staff. New executive chef Chris Curren (Blue 13) and beverage director Ben Schiller (BOKA) have the people talking about the food, cocktails, and rooftop garden at the "literal farm-to-table restaurant."

7. Dusek's

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL
The Longman & Eagle team has done it again, opening a the beer-themed Dusek's and subterranean Punch House in Pilsen. Residents from the neighborhood and whole city are already packing the place.

8. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL
(773) 687-9977
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The heralded team behind Ruxbin Kitchen has expanded north to that red building on Ashland. The night market-themed menu features "everything wings," crab brain fried rice, and kimchi and Oaxaca spring rolls with chimichurri creme fraiche.

9. Dillman's

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354 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-0078
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Despite early hiccups with the "delicatessan" name and expectations of food offerings, most diners have agreed that the food is delicious and the decor is stunning at Brendan Sodikoff's latest.

10. Burke's Bacon Bar

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610 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 660-6000
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Renowned chefs David Burke and Rick Gresh are supplying an array of bacon-themed "handwiches," bacon desserts, and bacon retail items inside a tiny storefront next to David Burke's Primehouse. Grab a seat if you can or take them to go for a downtown jaunt.

11. The Dawson

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730 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243-8955
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Billy Lawless' massive historically-themed drinking restaurant has hit the scene with a bang. Chef Rene DeLeon's eclectic menu of comfort food twists combined with a vast innovative beverage program and a large layout is bringing patrons in.

12. Smalls.

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4009 N Albany Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(312) 857-4221
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While the space is certainly small, the taste is large. Adventurous diners are making the trek more and more to Irving Park to see for themselves.

13. Chop Shop

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2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 537-4440
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It's a butcher shop. It's a restaurant. It's a bar. It's an event hall. It's all of these things, it's finally open, and it's huge.

14. Gogi

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6240 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 274-6669
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Korean coal-fire barbeque is igniting on the Far North Side, bringing attention from critics and eaters alike.

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1. Tanta

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Since opening in mid-August, Gaston Acurio's first foray into the Midwest has drawn rave reviews and buzz from diners and media. It's no wonder he's one of the most renowned chefs in the world.
118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Diners are flocking to Honey Butter Fried Chicken, finally feasting on Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp's cultish preparation in a restaurant setting. Although the chicken is the star, the side dishes are also making waves.
3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Juno Restaurant

2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Jason Chan and B.K. Park had abrupt endings with their former restaurants and joined forces to open Juno. The "contemporary Japanese" cuisine is delicately plated inside the former Merlo space that's made over with Japanese pop art.
2638 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Parson's Chicken & Fish

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL, US, IL 60647
The latest Land and Sea Dept. project was kept quiet for months and opened unannounced. Now that it's open, however, diners are flocking for the fried chicken, fish, Negroni slushies, and the '77 El Camino.
2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
US, IL 60647

5. Brindille

534 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Carrie Nahabedian's second restaurant is finally here. The concept has all the grace and taste of her first, Naha, but with a slightly more approachable vibe and a Parisian-centric theme.
534 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610

6. Homestead on the Roof

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Homestead on the Roof reopened for the summer with beefed-up staff. New executive chef Chris Curren (Blue 13) and beverage director Ben Schiller (BOKA) have the people talking about the food, cocktails, and rooftop garden at the "literal farm-to-table restaurant."
1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Dusek's

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
The Longman & Eagle team has done it again, opening a the beer-themed Dusek's and subterranean Punch House in Pilsen. Residents from the neighborhood and whole city are already packing the place.
1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL

8. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland, Chicago, IL
The heralded team behind Ruxbin Kitchen has expanded north to that red building on Ashland. The night market-themed menu features "everything wings," crab brain fried rice, and kimchi and Oaxaca spring rolls with chimichurri creme fraiche.
1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL

9. Dillman's

354 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Despite early hiccups with the "delicatessan" name and expectations of food offerings, most diners have agreed that the food is delicious and the decor is stunning at Brendan Sodikoff's latest.
354 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Burke's Bacon Bar

610 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Renowned chefs David Burke and Rick Gresh are supplying an array of bacon-themed "handwiches," bacon desserts, and bacon retail items inside a tiny storefront next to David Burke's Primehouse. Grab a seat if you can or take them to go for a downtown jaunt.
610 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

11. The Dawson

730 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Billy Lawless' massive historically-themed drinking restaurant has hit the scene with a bang. Chef Rene DeLeon's eclectic menu of comfort food twists combined with a vast innovative beverage program and a large layout is bringing patrons in.
730 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Smalls.

4009 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
While the space is certainly small, the taste is large. Adventurous diners are making the trek more and more to Irving Park to see for themselves.
4009 N Albany Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

13. Chop Shop

2033-35 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
It's a butcher shop. It's a restaurant. It's a bar. It's an event hall. It's all of these things, it's finally open, and it's huge.
2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Gogi

6240 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Korean coal-fire barbeque is igniting on the Far North Side, bringing attention from critics and eaters alike.
6240 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

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