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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.

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

10/02/14 Added: Dove's Luncheonette, Umami Burger, Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse.

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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 at may be the most exciting opening of 2014.

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.

Bohemian House

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

Tête Charcuterie

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Swing by Randolph Row's new home for artisan meats for its glass charcuterie bar composed dishes and cocktails.

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

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.

Boltwood

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

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.

Umami Burger

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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.

Dove's Luncheonette

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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.

Baker Miller

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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.

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

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.

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 at may be the most exciting opening of 2014.

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.

Bohemian House

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

Tête Charcuterie

Swing by Randolph Row's new home for artisan meats for its glass charcuterie bar composed dishes and cocktails.

MFK.

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

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.

Boltwood

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

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.

Umami Burger

Diners are flocking to Wicker Park to taste the forward-thinking burgers, cocktails, and sides at Umami Burger's first location off the coasts.

Dove's Luncheonette

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.

Baker Miller

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.

Salero

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

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.

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