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The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, January 2015

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bohemian House

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11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-0439
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Downtown now has a beautiful and creative Eastern European restaurant with no TVs amidst the River North nightlife.

2. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-4818
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The latest project from the Boka Group may just be their crown jewel. Three floors beckon in the West Loop, full of different styles of Japanese cuisine, bars, and an eye-popping design.

3. Dove's Luncheonette

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1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4060
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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.

4. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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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.

5. Salero

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621 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1000
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The team behind Lakeview's Wood have brought cuisine from the Basque region of Spain to a minimalist candlelit space on Randolph Row.

6. Baker Miller

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4610 Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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.

7. Umami Burger

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1480 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 423-2005
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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.

8. Shake Shack

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66 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

Years in the making, Chicago finally has a location of Danny Meyer's worldwide burger sensation. Be prepared for lines and delicious, affordable food.

9. Charlatan

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1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 818-2073
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The new restaurant from the Three Aces guys brings an edgy vibe, an array of pastas, and creative dishes like the pig's head for two to the former West Town Tavern space.

10. The Kitchen

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316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-1300
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The Colorado philanthropic import brought former Telegraph chef Johnny Anderes into a gorgeous buildout overlooking the Chicago River.

11. Oak + Char

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217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 643-2427
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There's plenty of heat at Oak + Char, the former Untitled guys' new restaurant with wood-burning cuisine and chic wood-themed remodeling of Graham Elliot's former stomping grounds.

12. The Duck Inn

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2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 724-8811
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Former Allium chef Kevin Hickey's homecoming brings cheffy takes on Chicago street food, a more elaborate dining room menu, and a fun-yet-thoughtful beverage program to working class Bridgeport.

13. Berrista

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4219 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

Molecular maestro Homaro Cantu's dream of making healthy sugar-free doughnuts, sweets, and drinks is now a reality at this modernist and playful coffee shop.

14. White Oak Tavern & Inn

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1200 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-0200
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After a remodeling and reconcepting, John's Place Lincoln Park is now White Oak Tavern & Inn, with Alinea vet John Asbaty, most recently of the closed and lamented Panozzo's, cooking American farm-to-table fare.

1. Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

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

11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

The latest project from the Boka Group may just be their crown jewel. Three floors beckon in the West Loop, full of different styles of Japanese cuisine, bars, and an eye-popping design.

820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Dove's Luncheonette

1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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.

1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

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.

66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Salero

621 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

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

621 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

6. Baker Miller

4610 Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

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.

4610 Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

7. Umami Burger

1480 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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

1480 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Shake Shack

66 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Years in the making, Chicago finally has a location of Danny Meyer's worldwide burger sensation. Be prepared for lines and delicious, affordable food.

66 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Charlatan

1329 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

The new restaurant from the Three Aces guys brings an edgy vibe, an array of pastas, and creative dishes like the pig's head for two to the former West Town Tavern space.

1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

10. The Kitchen

316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

The Colorado philanthropic import brought former Telegraph chef Johnny Anderes into a gorgeous buildout overlooking the Chicago River.

316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Oak + Char

217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

There's plenty of heat at Oak + Char, the former Untitled guys' new restaurant with wood-burning cuisine and chic wood-themed remodeling of Graham Elliot's former stomping grounds.

217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. The Duck Inn

2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL 60608

Former Allium chef Kevin Hickey's homecoming brings cheffy takes on Chicago street food, a more elaborate dining room menu, and a fun-yet-thoughtful beverage program to working class Bridgeport.

2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608

13. Berrista

4219 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Molecular maestro Homaro Cantu's dream of making healthy sugar-free doughnuts, sweets, and drinks is now a reality at this modernist and playful coffee shop.

4219 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

14. White Oak Tavern & Inn

1200 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

After a remodeling and reconcepting, John's Place Lincoln Park is now White Oak Tavern & Inn, with Alinea vet John Asbaty, most recently of the closed and lamented Panozzo's, cooking American farm-to-table fare.

1200 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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