Chicagoans are adapting to social distancing policies, and even Mayor Lori Lightfoot is having fun with her new Eye of Sauron-like role of enforcing the rules. The city’s restaurants are also getting their feet under them. Pizzerias and taquerias are accustomed to takeout and delivery. It’s a bigger change for white tablecloth restaurants like the ones that get the attention of Michelin inspectors.
The choice to keep open is a difficult one for restaurant owners who balance their family and staff’s health and financial concerns. None of Chicago’s 25 Michelin restaurants offered takeout or delivery options before the novel coronavirus outbreak. Now that the city is in the second week of the state’s stay-at-home order that allows for takeout and delivery (restaurants are able to operate as they’re considered essential), more restaurants have unveiled options. Currently, eight restaurants offer to-go or delivery in one form other the other. Affiliated restaurants from four others are still open. That number is subject to change as owners consider safety risks.
Check out the options below.
Michelin’s Chicago 2020 Starred Selections
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Smyth: Smyth remains closed. Gift cards could be purchased online, and there’s also an online fundraiser for workers. However, its more causal sibling, Loyalist, is offering its popular burger to go. Customers can order via Tock.
EL Ideas: Philip Foss’s Douglas Park tasting menu restaurant unveiled new options last week. There’s vegetarian and omnivore options for curbside pickup. The meaty option is sold out until April 7.
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Goosefoot: Chef Chris Nugent’s fine dining spot near Ravenswood remains closed.
Mako: Chef B.K. Park’s omakase den in West Loop is closed.
North Pond: The unique restaurant in the middle of Lincoln Park is closed.
Temporis: The fine dining spot in West Town is offering dinner for two for $70. Call or go to the website for more information on delivery or to-go options. They’ve also unveiled a burger for the first time ever.
Yugen: Though chef Mari Katsumura said the restaurant was considering options, the Japanese restaurant along Randolph Restaurant Row remains closed.