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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.


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

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dusek's

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL
(312) 526-3851
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The Longman & Eagle team has done it again, opening the beer-themed Dusek's and subterranean Punch House in Pilsen. Residents from the neighborhood and whole city are already packing the place.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Eataly Chicago

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43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700
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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.
1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 288-1010
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Matthias Merges has brought a new level of dining to a hungry south side academic neighborhood that has welcomed it with open arms.

6. The Radler

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2375 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
Now open, former Vie standouts Nathan Sears and Adam Hebert are hoping to raise the level of Bavarian dining and beer in Logan Square.

7. 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.

8. 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 will also house a ramen bar and juice bar.

9. 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.

10. Kinmont

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419 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 915-0011
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Element Collective (Nellcote, Old Town Social) has done it again with their latest, Kinmont. Dubbed the "first entirely sustainable seafood restaurant in Chicago," expect a mix of classic seafood dishes and a vibrant social scene.

11. Spritz Burger

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3819 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 868-9866
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The Hearty Boys turned Hearty into a whimsical burger spot with fun desserts from Gale Gand and fizzy drinks.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Bottlefork

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441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
Rockit Ranch food gained serious credibility with the opening of Bottlefork with chef/partner Kevin Hickey. The former Allium chef has masterminded a menu of creative drinking food served alongside interesting cocktails and beer selections.

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1. Dusek's

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
The Longman & Eagle team has done it again, opening 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Eataly Chicago

43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
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.
43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

5. A10

1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Matthias Merges has brought a new level of dining to a hungry south side academic neighborhood that has welcomed it with open arms.
1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

6. The Radler

2375 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Now open, former Vie standouts Nathan Sears and Adam Hebert are hoping to raise the level of Bavarian dining and beer in Logan Square.
2375 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

7. 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

8. 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 will also house a ramen bar and juice bar.
112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. 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

10. Kinmont

419 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
Element Collective (Nellcote, Old Town Social) has done it again with their latest, Kinmont. Dubbed the "first entirely sustainable seafood restaurant in Chicago," expect a mix of classic seafood dishes and a vibrant social scene.
419 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Spritz Burger

3819 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613
The Hearty Boys turned Hearty into a whimsical burger spot with fun desserts from Gale Gand and fizzy drinks.
3819 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60613

12. 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

13. 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

14. Bottlefork

441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Rockit Ranch food gained serious credibility with the opening of Bottlefork with chef/partner Kevin Hickey. The former Allium chef has masterminded a menu of creative drinking food served alongside interesting cocktails and beer selections.
441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

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