It’s the summer of outdoor dining in cities across the US.
In Chicago, several previously indoor-only restaurants have expanded their horizons (and seating) to outdoor tables on sidewalks, side streets and freshly built front patios. In a city often lined with cars and packed streets, the city has closed streets across 10 neighborhoods closed to cars specifically on Friday nights and weekends.
These street closures will allow Chicagoans to enjoy dining al fresco, as well as help restaurants that have struggled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurants choosing to participate in the street dining program must continue to enforce social distancing requirements and capacity limits (50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors).
Current street closures designated for restaurants include:
- North Lincoln Avenue: From Fullerton Avenue to Wrightwood Avenue (Lincoln Park)
- South Oakley Avenue: From West 24th Street to West 24th Place (Lower West Side)
- North Rush Street: From Oak Street to Cedar Street
- Bellevue Place: From State to the first alley east of Rush Street
- Division Street: From Dearborn to State
- West Cornelia Avenue: From Southport east to the alley
- Wellington Avenue: From Southport west to the alley in West Lakeview
- West Randolph Street service lanes: From the expressway to North Elizabeth Street (West Loop)
- Balmoral Street: On both sides of North Clark Street (Andersonville)
- Chinatown Square: Adjacent to Archer Avenue From Wentworth to Princeton Avenues (Chinatown)
- Taylor Street: From Loomis Street to Ashland Avenue (Little Italy)
- Laflin Street: From the alley north of Taylor to the alley south of Taylor
- Oliphant Avenue: From Northwest Highway to the first alley to the north (Edison Park)
- 75th Street: Designated sidewalk dining areas from Indiana to Calumet Avenues (Grand Crossing)