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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.


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

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nico Osteria

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1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

One Off Hospitality's latest project is drawing the bulk of the who's who of the dining scene back to the Gold Coast. Italian seafood dishes, sophisticated cocktails, and creative desserts make it more than just a big name.

2. Cicchetti

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671 N St Clair
Chicago, IL
(312) 642-1800
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Mike Sheerin's foray into Venetian small plates, with sous chefs Sarah Jordan and Phil Rubino, is intriguing diners in the early going. Don't miss the inventive desserts and house-made pastas either.

3. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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The Boka revamp is now open with acclaimed chef Lee Wolen launching a completely new menu. A new buildout, 180 degrees from the prior look, adds to the more approachable vibe.

4. 42 grams

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4662 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

42 Grams rose from underground club Sous Rising, serving chef Jake Bickelhaupt's intricate dishes in tasting menus inside an intimate space up north.

5. Green Street Smoked Meats

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

6. 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.

7. Japonais by Morimoto

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600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 822-9600
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Although it's been open a couple of months, celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto's dishes at the revamped Japonais are building a big reputation among Chicago diners.

8. 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 finally opened their first restaurant, and eaters around the city are flocking to check out the unpretentious and inventive Korean-American cuisine.

9. Leghorn Chicken

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959 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

The fried chicken boom has reached a new level of social consciousness and long lines with Leghorn. In the works for nearly two years, the public is wasting no time in snatching up the Old Town Social team's limited amount of chicken and birth control.

10. 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.

11. Ramen-San

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59 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

Lettuce Entertain You's foray into the trendy ramen scene is attracting a broad mix of intrigued eaters and River North revelers.

12. Masada

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2206 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

After a decade a preparation, the mysterious Middle Eastern palace in Logan Square is finally open. Come for exotic dishes and classic favorites, a tri-level patio space, and memorable decor.

13. 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.

14. 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.

1. Nico Osteria

1015 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

One Off Hospitality's latest project is drawing the bulk of the who's who of the dining scene back to the Gold Coast. Italian seafood dishes, sophisticated cocktails, and creative desserts make it more than just a big name.

1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

2. Cicchetti

671 N St Clair, Chicago, IL

Mike Sheerin's foray into Venetian small plates, with sous chefs Sarah Jordan and Phil Rubino, is intriguing diners in the early going. Don't miss the inventive desserts and house-made pastas either.

671 N St Clair
Chicago, IL

3. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

The Boka revamp is now open with acclaimed chef Lee Wolen launching a completely new menu. A new buildout, 180 degrees from the prior look, adds to the more approachable vibe.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

4. 42 grams

4662 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

42 Grams rose from underground club Sous Rising, serving chef Jake Bickelhaupt's intricate dishes in tasting menus inside an intimate space up north.

4662 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Green Street Smoked Meats

112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

Visionary restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has finally unveiled a concept unlike any he's unleashed yet. Barbecue fare springs from smokers inside a raucous West Loop warehouse that also houses his recently-opened tiny ramen shop in the basement (High Five Ramen) and eventually a juice bar as well.

112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. 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

7. Japonais by Morimoto

600 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Although it's been open a couple of months, celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto's dishes at the revamped Japonais are building a big reputation among Chicago diners.

600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Parachute

3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Top chef alum Beverly Kim and husband John Clark finally 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

9. Leghorn Chicken

959 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The fried chicken boom has reached a new level of social consciousness and long lines with Leghorn. In the works for nearly two years, the public is wasting no time in snatching up the Old Town Social team's limited amount of chicken and birth control.

959 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. 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

11. Ramen-San

59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Lettuce Entertain You's foray into the trendy ramen scene is attracting a broad mix of intrigued eaters and River North revelers.

59 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Masada

2206 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

After a decade a preparation, the mysterious Middle Eastern palace in Logan Square is finally open. Come for exotic dishes and classic favorites, a tri-level patio space, and memorable decor.

2206 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. 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

14. 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

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