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Shared Streets And Outdoor Dining Will Be Back This Summer, City Says, As It Boosts Assistance To Struggling Restaurants

City leaders are planning a bigger rollout of expanded outdoor dining programs this year, plus more financial help for businesses to set up shop outdoors.


Igloos, Greenhouse Pods Extend Outdoor Dining In Fulton Market As Cold Weather Hits

The Dining Together, Apart initiative has brought 21 pods to Fulton Market to help restaurants stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Rolls Out Rules For Heating, Air Flow During Winter Patio Season As Restaurants And Bars Prepare For Cold Weather

Restaurants and bars have set up outdoor seating due to the coronavirus pandemic — but owners are concerned about how they'll keep doing that once the weather turns chilly.


How Will We Dine Outside This Winter? From Igloos To Shipping Crates, City Shares Your Ideas

More than 600 ideas were submitted to the Chicago Winter Design Challenge to help restaurants and bars serve people through the chilly months.


Outdoor Dining, A Taco Fest And Live Music — Here’s How You Can Support Lakeview Businesses This Month

The pandemic has cancelled multiple summer events but there are still several options for neighborhood fun during the fall.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Fulton Market Street Closures Extended To 7 Days A Week For Outdoor Dining

West Fulton Market is now closed 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily between Halsted and Peoria streets and between Sangamon and Morgan streets.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Outdoor Dining Has Been A Lifeline For Many Restaurants. But Albany Park Hasn’t Been Able To Make It Work

"We’re missing out on some really essential months," said one business owner.

Albany Park

You Must Now Wear A Mask While Ordering Food, Talking To Servers When Dining Out, State Mandates

Officials hope the new rule will protect servers and other hospitality workers, who have, for months, expressed concerns about customers not being required to wear masks when speaking with them.


How Can Chicagoans Eat Outside This Winter? City Launches Contest With $5K Prize To Figure It Out

The Winter Design Challenge will ask Chicagoans to envision how there can be outdoor dining this winter to help restaurants make it through the coronavirus pandemic.


‘Bob’s Burgers’ Pop-Up Comes To Replay Lincoln Park For ‘Grand Re-Re-Opening’

Replay Lincoln Park is reopening for a second time since the coronavirus pandemic hit with an homage to "Bob's Burgers" on its new outdoor patio.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Wells Street In River North Will Be Closed For 1 Block For Outdoor Dining

The closure will be in place weekend evenings through patio season, according to Avli.

Near North Side, River North

Innertown Pub Finally Opening Outdoor Beer Garden After Weeks Of Waiting

At the request of Ald. Brian Hopkins, neighborhood leaders met Saturday and voted not to oppose the bar's permit.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Lakefront Restaurants Get OK To Reopen — But Beaches Still Closed

At least five beachfront restaurants will open this weekend for the first time this summer.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After Months Of Waiting For Permits, Lakeview’s Chilam Balam Opens Al Fresco Cafe

Chilam Balam's al fresco cafe opened Thursday with tables and artwork from inside the restaurant. "It's just like Chilam Balam, but outside," the owner said.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Bars Can Now Apply To Open Sidewalk Cafes For Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Previously, only restaurants were allowed to apply for and open a sidewalk cafe. The city hopes the change can help alcohol-only bars and taverns stay afloat.


For Struggling Innertown Pub, Temporary Beer Garden Would Be A ‘Lifeline’ — But City Won’t Issue Permit, Owner Says

The city's Liquor Commission asked Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) to decide on whether to grant the pub a permit — but he punted the decision to a neighborhood group. Meanwhile, Innertown's staff has been laid off again.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Restaurants Creating Sprawling, All-Season Patios In Effort To Survive Coronavirus Pandemic

By installing features like retractable roofs and large windows, restaurants are creating more useable space for customers dining out.


Jarvis Avenue Outdoor Dining Area Will Fully Close To Traffic After Backlash From Businesses

The requirement to keep open a lane of traffic on the street designated for expanded outdoor dining irked some business owners.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Outdoor Dining Has Helped Hundreds Of Chicago Restaurants, But Others Still Waiting On Permits: ‘Winter Will Be Here Soon Enough’

"I just need my permits, and I will take care of the rest by working harder," said Soraya Rendon, owner of Chilam Balam, a Mexican tapas restaurant with no outdoor dining options.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

At Rogers Park’s New Expanded Outdoor Dining Area, Diners Share Street With Cars: ‘I’m Absolutely Terrified’

Rogers Park's Jarvis Square appears to be the only expanded outdoor dining area in the city not closed to traffic.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
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