After being shuttered to dine-in guests for months, Chicago restaurants are finally allowed to reopen outdoor seating, including patios, rooftop and indoor spaces with retractable roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows.
In some ways, it almost feels like a typical summer in Chicago—almost. Of course, it's not business as usual for restaurant owners, who are grappling with city-mandated safety guidelines, including spacing tables 6 feet apart, limiting capacity and equipping their staff with personal protective equipment. In many cases, guests are being asked to book tables in advance, limit their stay and wear a cloth face covering when they're not dining.
We've compiled a rolling list of Chicago's restaurants that are currently open for business. It's by no means exhaustive, but we'll be adding to it as we confirm reopening details. If you do choose to dine out, be sure to call ahead or check the restaurant's website or social accounts—you might need a reservation or they might be taking the day off to regroup.
Don't leave home without your mask (you're going to need it when you're not seated at your table) and be sure to maintain social distancing when you can. Above all, be patient with staff (this is new for them, too) and tip generously.