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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.


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

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

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or the tipline.

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Nico Osteria

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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.

Cicchetti

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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.

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.

Eataly Chicago

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It doesn't get much hotter than Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's land of magic and pasta. With eight restaurants and a world of retail, Chicago's food scene has been greatly expanded.

42 grams

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

Green Street Smoked Meats

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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.

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.

Japonais by Morimoto

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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.

Cocello

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Brendan Sodikoff's Italian makeover of Dillman's is already buzzing. Try the apertif cocktails, pastas, and steak.

Leghorn Chicken

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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.

Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor

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Downtown Chicago diners finally have a serious option for dim sum. Now fully open, including a liquor license, don't miss the selection of tea cocktails.

Parachute

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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.

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.

Ramen-San

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

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Nico Osteria

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.

Cicchetti

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.

Boka

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.

Eataly Chicago

It doesn't get much hotter than Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's land of magic and pasta. With eight restaurants and a world of retail, Chicago's food scene has been greatly expanded.

42 grams

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

Green Street Smoked Meats

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.

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.

Japonais by Morimoto

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.

Cocello

Brendan Sodikoff's Italian makeover of Dillman's is already buzzing. Try the apertif cocktails, pastas, and steak.

Leghorn Chicken

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.

Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor

Downtown Chicago diners finally have a serious option for dim sum. Now fully open, including a liquor license, don't miss the selection of tea cocktails.

Parachute

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.

Laughing Bird

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

Ramen-San

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

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