LAKEVIEW — Businesses across Lakeview are beginning to reopen after a months-long shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chicago entered Phase 3 of its recovery plan Wednesday, allowing non-essential retail stores and restaurants to reopen with capacity limits and new safety measures.
Part of the area’s reopening plan includes waiting to close off the Broadway commercial corridor for outdoor dining “so we can roll it out more thoughtfully,” said Maureen Martino, executive director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.
The local chamber is still collecting feedback on the plan, but it hopes to begin periodic closures of Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Diversey Parkway by Friday, Martino said.
“In light of all the stuff happening in the neighborhoods, we need to give our businesses a little bit of time to be fully open and running before we start this,” Martino said. “Instead of hurrying up and closing the street, we want to make sure this is a well thought-out plan.”
Still, nearly a dozen people, eager to be DryHop’s first patio customers, were lined up outside the brewery as it opened Wednesday afternoon.
“I suspect by the end of this week we will be pretty busy again,” owner Greg Shuff said. “I’m looking forward to when we can safely run at full capacity again.”
As businesses reopen, their owners recommend calling ahead or checking online for more information on their hours or new safety measures.
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Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Boystown and Lincoln Park for Block Club Chicago.
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