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Broadway In Uptown Gets Expanded Outdoor Dining — With Live Music From The Green Mill

The block-long expanded outdoor dining program — which is called the Uptown Slow Down — will be in effect until Nov. 29. The parking lane will remain closed during that time.

The 4800 block of North Broadway has expanded outdoor dining until Nov. 29.
Courtesy Uptown United
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UPTOWN — Five businesses in Uptown will be able to extend their cafe seating into Broadway as part the city’s expanded outdoor dining program.

The west side of Broadway from Lawrence Avenue to Gunnison Street will have restricted parking, as the lane nearest the curb will be blocked off for the expanded dining area.

The five participating restaurants and bars are: the Green Mill, Fiesta Mexicana, Uptown Arcade, Lao Sze Chuan and Fat Cat.

The block-long expanded outdoor dining program — which is called the Uptown Slow Down — will be in effect until Nov. 29. The parking lane will remain closed during that time, and the expanded dining area will be open during the business’ normal hours of operations, according to Uptown United.

North Broadway in Uptown is the 19th street in the city’s expanded outdoor dining pilot program. The program closes portions or entire city blocks to allow restaurants and bars to have more room to serve customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of other North Side neighborhoods have established expanded outdoor dining areas, including three in Lakeview, one in Andersonville and one in Rogers Park.

Credit: Courtesy Uptown United
Broadway’s expanded outdoor dining has closed off the parking lane.

Uptown United applied for an expanded dining permit in June and worked with the city for two months on the layout of the program, the chamber group said in a news release.

Most of the participating business had outdoor seating on Broadway before the expanded dining program went into effect Friday.

The Green Mill last week added cafe seating, allowing the legendary jazz club to open after bars without food service were ordered to close back down in July.

The jazz club is hosting concerts in the storefront between it and Fiesta Mexicana, providing entertainment for customers of both business’ sidewalk cafes. Green Mill customers can also order food from Fiesta Mexicana.

Car traffic will be unimpeded on Broadway, and the bike lane will remain open, according to the Uptown chamber group. Curbside pickup zones will be carved out of the expanded dining area to allow for take-out, and six feet of sidewalk space on Broadway will be maintained.

Walsh-Fluor, the contractor working on the Red Line rehabilitation project, donated the traffic barriers to the expanded outdoor dining program.

Credit: Facebook/Green Mill
The Green Mill’s new patio is open for service starting Thursday, Sept. 3.

Read all of Block Club’s coverage on outdoor dining here.

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