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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.


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

12/05/13 Added: Eataly, Nico Osteria, A10, The Radler

01/02/14 Added: Cicchetti, Coppervine, Baffo

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. 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.

5. 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. While chef Rene DeLeon has left, an eclectic menu of comfort food twists combined with a vast innovative beverage program and a large layout remains.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. A10

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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.

11. 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.

12. Cicchetti

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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.

13. Coppervine

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1962 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-1000
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Don Sritong is attempting to change the way Chicagoans dine by pairing three types of beverages with every one of chef Michael Taus' dishes. Diners and drinkers alike are embracing the concept.

14. Baffo

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44 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Step away from the masses at Eataly and sit down for a fine-dining excursion at Mario Batali's Baffo. Just remember to book your table far in advance.

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. 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

5. The Dawson

730 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Billy Lawless' massive historically-themed drinking restaurant has hit the scene with a bang. While chef Rene DeLeon has left, an eclectic menu of comfort food twists combined with a vast innovative beverage program and a large layout remains.
730 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. Coppervine

1962 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Don Sritong is attempting to change the way Chicagoans dine by pairing three types of beverages with every one of chef Michael Taus' dishes. Diners and drinkers alike are embracing the concept.
1962 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

14. Baffo

44 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Step away from the masses at Eataly and sit down for a fine-dining excursion at Mario Batali's Baffo. Just remember to book your table far in advance.
44 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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