Mayor Lori Lightfoot Easing Outdoor COVID-19 Restrictions; Keeping Current Indoor LimitsBars and restaurants will be allowed to increase the maximum table size for outdoor dining to 10 people, as long as tables remain spaced six feet apart.
Some Restaurants Not On Board With Chicago's Plan To Shut Down Streets For Outdoor DiningChicago's new plan to help restaurants draw more business is drawing strong criticism from some owners. They say shutting down streets will hurt their bottom lines, not help.
City Launches 'Chicago Alfresco' Program Seeking New Ideas To Expand Outdoor DiningThe city is encouraging community groups to come up with ideas for longer-term outdoor dining spaces, particularly on the South and West Sides.
Heated Eats: COVID-19 Cold-Weather Outdoor Dining In ChicagoWith the coronavirus pandemic still raging in Illinois, and indoor dining and drinking banned, many Chicago restaurants have made heated patios, tents, or other alternatives a priority.
River North Bar Owner Hopes Winterization Grant For Outdoor Dining Will Help Business, But Change Isn't Coming SoonHelp is on the way for some restaurants in the form of winterization grants. But those outdoor structures can’t just pop up overnight.
Search On For Vandals Who Sprayed Graffiti On Dining Tents On Randolph Street Restaurant RowPolice late Sunday were trying to find out who vandalized outdoor tents along Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row in the West Loop.
COVID In Illinois: How Is Dining In A Fully Enclosed Tent Different From Indoor Dining? State Officials Say It's Not At AllIt’s a dining dilemma that is on many of our minds – just how is eating in an enclosed tent different from eating inside a restaurant?
Warm Stretch Has Crowds Packing Restaurant And Bar Patios As Indoor Dining Remains ClosedOn Broadway in Lakeview, sidewalk space is limited for tables and tents, so the action on Saturday kept workers busy, serving customers at socially distanced tables.
Crowds Find Way To Navigate Halloween In Chicago Amid Indoor Drinking And Dining BanIllinois broke the one-day case record for the coronavirus for the third day in a row Saturday, as crowds around Chicago gathered for Halloween.
On Tour Brewing Company In West Town Just Got Food License To Keep Serving Beer Indoors, But It's Of No Use With New RulesA West Town brewery invested thousands of dollars into a Chicago food license – mainly so they could still serve their beer indoors.
Azul 18 In Pilsen First Restaurant To Test New Canopy Design For Outdoor Dining In Cold WeatherRestaurants across the city face a challenge: how to safely serve people in the winter? One Pilsen restaurant is unveiling a new setup to keep their outdoor dining experience alive.
Windy Conditions Mean Trouble For Outdoor Dining In ChicagoWindy conditions on Saturday proved challenging for outdoor dining at Chicago restaurants.
Outdoor Dining Dilemma: Restaurants Search For Ways To Keep Diners Coming As Cold Sets InThe first truly cold weekend of the season brings the first true test for Chicago restaurants struggling to keep outdoor dining alive amid the city's COVID restrictions, and restaurants in Fulton Market have found a unique way to keep diners around this fall and winter.
As Weather Turns, Outdoor Dining With Tents Isn't Always An Option For Chicago RestaurantsDemand is still high for outdoor dining. And accommodating those people who want to eat outside now that it’s getting colder is not so simple.
City Of Wheaton Has A Plan To Keep Outdoor Dining Through Winter, At No Cost To BusinessesThe City of Wheaton is already making outdoor dining work, and at no cost to local businesses.