Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Thursday that Chicago restaurants and bars that serve food will be allowed to reopen for outdoor seating — under specific conditions — on June 3. While some local restaurant owners are champing at the bit to get butts back in seats, others are opting for a cautious approach as they work to figure out their next pivot.
Though dining rooms remain closed for the time being, more and more restaurants have restarted operations and have begun to offer takeout or delivery. Read on below for a rundown on some noteworthy restaurants that are once against serving food. This post will be periodically updated to add to the list of restaurants back up and running.
Illinois’s stay-at-home order means only essential business are allowed open. Besides hospitals, that includes grocery and liquor stores. Restaurants are allowed to offer takeout and delivery. Dine-in restaurants and bars have been closed since March 17.
The hospitality industry landscape is rapidly changing. The sector saw an early wave of select restaurants debuting carryout and delivery for the first time. Then there was another wave of restaurant choosing to shutdown operations for a mix of safety and financial reasons. Scaled down operations and closed restaurants have led to furloughs.
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ANDERSONVILLE — Colorful neighborhood spot Kopi Cafe has reopened for pickup and delivery, according to a Facebook post. Menu options include group-sized specials as well as coffee drinks, sandwiches, and more. Customers can place online orders through the cafe’s website. Kopi Cafe, 5317 N. Clark Street.
BUCKTOWN — Open-hearth restaurant Etta will launch its weekend market Saturday featuring hot to-go items like meatball subs, baked goods from Aya Pastry, sauces, meats, wines, and more, according to a rep. Online ordering is not available. Etta, 1840 W. North Avenue.
FULTON MARKET — Latin American downtown stalwart Carnivale will reopen for curbside pickup on Thursday, according to a rep. Staff are featuring three meal kits that serve two or four people each, and customers can add a bottle of red or white wine for an additional $40. Cocktail kits are also available for margaritas, mojitos, and the restaurant’s “Cotton Candy Martini.” Call the restaurant to place an order or pre-order. Carnivale, (312) 850-5005, 702 W. Fulton Street.
GOOSE ISLAND — Passion House Coffee Roasters will reopen its Goose Island cafe on Monday, according to founder and owner Josh Millman. The company has also reopened its flagship Logan Square location. Passion House Coffee Roasters, 1200 N. Branch Street.
LINCOLN PARK — Rickshaw Republic, a rare Chicago Indonesian restaurant, has reopened, according to owner Oscar Setiawan. He’s offering a selection of a la carte dishes as well as a prix fixe meal available for pickup. Place orders online via Tock. Rickshaw Republic, 2312 N. Lincoln Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE — Pioneering Chicago farm-to-table restaurant Lula Cafe has reopened with to-go offerings available for pickup, according to a rep. Options include a “Classic Lula Brunch Box” and “Classic Farm Dinner,” plus a selection of wine and beer. Order online via Tock. Lula Cafe, 2537 Kedzie Boulevard.
PORTAGE PARK — Neighborhood Italian restaurant Porretta’s Banquets is back open with family meals and a la carte items available for pickup. Call the restaurant or order via Tock. Porretta’s Banquets, (773) 736-3684, 3718 N. Central Avenue.
RIVER NORTH — Trendy Mexican spot Barrio from DineAmic Hospitality and former Top Chef competitor Katsuji Tanabe is reopening Friday for pickup and delivery, according to a rep. It’s offering taco kits of various sizes, as well as a la carte items, margarita kits, beer, and more. Call the restaurant to place an order for pickup, or get delivery via Caviar. Barrio, (312) 940-9900, 65 W. Kinzie Street.
RIVER NORTH — Modern mediterranean spot Ema from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and chef C.J. Jacobson has reopened, according to a rep. A la carte options are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar, while “Rotisserie To-Go” family meals (serves 2-4), pickup dinners for two, and a spread sampler are offered on Tock. The restaurant’s walk-up window at Clark and Illinois is also open for frozen Greek yogurt, bread made in-house, and more. Call the restaurant directly for carryout. Ema, (312) 527-5586, 74 W. Illinois Street.
RIVER WEST — Gage Restaurant Group is now offering dishes from Beacon Tavern as well Italian spots Acanto and Coda di Volpe for pickup and delivery via Chownow through a new pop-up called “Gage Hospitality Group Kitchen.” Customers can pick up at the Dawson, which will become a weekend market starting Saturday with baked goods, grill kits, wine, and more. Gage Hospitality Group Kitchen, (312) 243-8955, 730 W. Grand Avenue.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — Family-friendly spot John’s Place has launched a small retail operation called JP’s Market, according to a rep. Items like fresh meat, baked goods, and cocktail kits are available for pickup via online ordering. John’s Place, 2132 W. Roscoe Street.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — The team behind quirky cafe Kitsch’n on Roscoe has collaborated with suburban deli, bakery, and restaurant Once Upon a Bagel to offer city-based fans its bagels, bialys, challah, lox platters, donuts, and more, according to a Facebook post. Preorders open Saturday for pickup on June 5 via Kitsch’n’s website. Kitsch’n on Roscoe/Once Upon a Bagel, 2005 W. Roscoe Street.
THE LOOP — Acclaimed chef Lee Wolen and Boka Restaurant Group have opened what would have been Revival Food Hall stall GG’s Chicken Shop and Rotisserie as a to-go operation, according to a rep. Chicken is — unsurprisingly —the star of the menu, available fried or oven-roasted and in sandwich form. Salads and sides are also available, as well as cookies from lauded Boka pastry chef Meg Galus. Place orders for delivery via Caviar. GG’s Chicken Shop.
WEST LOOP— Stephanie Izard is listening to social distancing guidelines in coming up with the “The Tiny-East Goat.” For groups of six who miss tasting menus, they can reserve the rooftop terrace on top of the Little Goat. They’re doing it on Fridays and Saturdays in June starting June 5. Email email@example.com for reservations and pricing.
AROUND TOWN — Chicago restaurant group One Off Hospitality is on its second wave of restaurant reopenings. These include the Publican, featuring family meals, brunch kits, and cocktail kits via Tock and Dove’s Lunchonette, with take-and-bake and family-style meals plus a la carte items, also via Tock. Wicker Park’s Cafe Cancale is now a French-style market called “Cafe Cancale Marche.” More details are available online. The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market; Dove’s Luncheonette, 1545 N. Damen Avenue; Cafe Cancale Marche, 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
FULTON MARKET — City Mouse, the all-day restaurant inside the downtown Ace Hotel, reopens Friday for pickup and delivery. Dinner service orders can be phoned into the restaurant or ordered through Caviar — those who call will be rewarded with free cookies. Weekend family meals are offered via Tock on Thursdays through Saturdays. Additional options include kids meals, wines, beers, cocktail kits, and cocktail tools. City Mouse, (312) 764-1908, 311 N. Morgan Street.
LINCOLN PARK — Taco spot Broken English will reopen its Lincoln Park location Monday as the “Broken English Bodegita,” featuring family taco kits, individual tacos and platters, cocktails, packaged goods, merchandise, and more, according to a rep. Call the restaurant for carryout or place delivery orders via DoorDash. Broken English Bodegita, (312) 929-0045, 2576 N. Lincoln Avenue.
LINCOLN PARK — 55-year-old fondue haven Geja’s Cafe is offering its specialities and a timely “Geja’s for the Grill” kabob kits, plus sangria by the quart available for pickup via Tock. Order for delivery through GrubHub. Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE/RIVER NORTH — Seattle import Caffe Umbria has reopened both of its Chicago locations for takeout. Offerings include coffee and espresso drinks, as well as pastries and coffee beans. Caffe Umbria, 346 N. Clark Street, 2545 W. Armitage Avenue.
RIVER NORTH — IO Godfrey, the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and lounge, has an all-day menu available for pickup and delivery. Offerings include four DIY cocktail kits, including the “Pritzker Spritzer” (Ketel One Vodka; Owen’s Craft Mixer; choice of ginger beer and lime, mint and cucumber and lime, or grapefruit and lime, face mask, cotton swabs, hand sanitizer). Place a pickup order by phone or a delivery order via Caviar. IO Godfrey, (312) 374-1830, 127 W. Huron Street.
RIVER NORTH — Edgy industry favorite Good Measure has reopened with a selection of sweet and savory prepared dishes, as well as provisions, grocery items, cocktail kits, and more, according to a rep. Place pickup orders by phone or on the Good Measure website. Delivery orders are available via DoorDash. Good Measure, (312) 600-9268, 226 W. Chicago Avenue.
ROGERS PARK — Neighborhood spot Athena Board Game Cafe open again with a small selection of sandwiches, drinks, and desserts available for pickup, according to a Facebook post. Call the restaurant to place an order. Athena Board Game Cafe, (872) 208-3172, 1418 W Howard Street.
THE LOOP — 57-year-old downtown institution Ronny’s Original Chicago Steakhouse is back open with a few tweaks to its classic menu. There are some new chicken wing flavors, like mango habanero, Korean barbecue, and lemon pepper, and owner Kenny Munic is working with his chef to make what they claim will be the “biggest, tastiest pizza-style ‘puff’ in the city.” Call the restaurant to place a pickup order, or get delivery via Grubhub, UberEats, and DoorDash. Ronny’s Original Chicago Steakhouse, (312) 346-9488, 100 W. Randolph Street.
THE LOOP — Healthy, fast-casual downtown spot Kaliflower reopened Wednesday with a fresh approach: staff are offering both ready-to-eat and take-and-bake cauliflower crust pizzas. Options include the “Tikka” (tikka sauce, chicken, kale, mozzarella) and “Baja Chicago” (cilantro pesto, chicken, kale, tomatoes, spinach, avocado drizzle). Place pickup orders by phone, or order delivery via Caviar, UberEats, and DoorDash. Kaliflower, (312) 624-8422, 333 N. Michigan Avenue.
WEST LOOP — Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s Green Street noodle spot Ramen-san Whiskey Bar is back with a to-go menu offering new items and familiar menu standbys. Options include fried rice, pork and shrimp wontons, three types of ramen, and more. Cocktail kits are also available. Place orders by phone or via Caviar. Ramen-san Whiskey Bar, (773) 645-0085, 219 N. Green Street.
WICKER PARK — Chicago-based specialty coffee chain Intelligentsia Coffee has reopened for pickup with hot and cold coffee, chai, matcha, espresso drinks, bags of whole means, and more. Customers can order ahead online via Toast. Intelligentsia Coffee Wicker Park, 1609 W. Division Street.
WEST TOWN— Lillie’s Q, Charlie McKenna’s beloved Bucktown barbecue, is on the move. It’s now located inside District Brew Yards, the pour-your-own beer bar in West Town. McKenna is excited to embark on the next chapter of his barbecue life. Look for more coverage next week. They’re open for pickup and delivery via Toast. Lillie’s Q, inside District Brew Yards, 417 N. Ashland Avenue.
OAK BROOK — Retailer Crate and Barrel’s suburban restaurant from James Beard-nominee Bill Kim (Urbanbelly), the Table at Crate, reopens Friday with family meals for two available for curbside pickup via Tock. A la carte items and bottles of wine are also offered as add-ons. The Table at Crate, 35 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook.
AROUND TOWN — Chicago dim sum giant MingHin Cuisine is open for pickup and delivery in Chinatown, Lakeshore East, South Loop, and Streeterville, as well as suburban Naperville and Rolling Meadows. Call the nearest location or order online. MingHin Cuisine, 2168 S. Archer Avenue; 333 E. Benton Place Suite 300; 1234 S Michigan Avenue; 215 E. Ohio Street; 1633 N. Naper Boulevard in Naperville; 1440 Golf Road in Rolling Meadows.
ANDERSONVILLE — Popular neighborhood Italian restaurant Bar Roma is featuring comprehensive to-go lunch and dinner menus with everything from antipasti to dolci. Call the restaurant to order pickup, or get delivery via GrubHub. Bar Roma, (773) 942-7572, 5101 N. Clark Street.
ANDERSONVILLE — Global street food spot Gadabout features a “base package,” or rotating family meal for two, plus optional add-ons for a little extra oomph. There’s also plenty of booze available. Place an order for pickup via Toast. Gadabout, 5212 N. Clark Street.
BUCKTOWN/OAK PARK — Playful Chicago-based coffeehouse chain Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea has reopened a few locations for takeout and delivery. Food and drink ordering is available online. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea, 1620 N. Milwaukee Avenue; 702 Lake Street in Oak Park.
LINCOLN PARK — Infamous late-night hot dog stand Wieners Circle manages to reinvent itself once again, this time via Tock. Fans can pre-order hot dogs, burgers, fries, and chicken sandwiches with a side of curbside abuse (select “middle finger,” “mama jokes,” “YUPPIES,” or “millennials”). Wieners Circle, 2622 N. Clark Street.
LOGAN SQUARE — Local icon Longman & Eagle offers a selection of hearty, comforting Midwestern dishes like a “Tavern Butter Burger” and smothered pork chop to go. There’s also beer, Coca-Cola slushees, and “inn provisions” like Yo! MTV Raps trading cards, Japanese gummy candy, and beer nuts. Call for pickup or place a delivery order via Caviar or DoorDash. Longman & Eagle, (773) 276-7110, 2657 N. Kedzie Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE — Chef Diana Dávila’s acclaimed Mexican restaurant Mi Tocaya Antojería is offering some of her biggest hits for pickup and delivery, including the ever-popular steak burrito. Wines, beers, and cocktail kits are also on offer. Place an order over the phone or via ChowNow. Mi Tocaya Antojería, (872) 315-3947, 2800 W. Logan Boulevard.
LOGAN SQUARE — Local coffee company Passion House Coffee Roasters will reopen its flagship cafe on Monday with limited hours, according to founder and owner Josh Millman. Passion House Cafe Logan Square, 2631 N. Kedzie Avenue.
THE LOOP— Venerable Miller’s Pub is back with curbside service, carryout, and delivery. The Loop landmark is selling its full menu, plus growlers of beer. Order online at the restaurant’s website. Miller’s Pub, 134 S. Wabash Avenue.
OLD TOWN — Neighborhood restaurant and nightlife spot 80 Proof relaunches with a new vegan menu that features a bahn mi mushroom sandwich, yuca fries, salads, and more. A few meaty items remain, like chicken tenders and fish tacos. Customers can also order six packs of beer and seltzer, bottles of liquor and a mimosa kit. Call the restaurant to place an order or opt for delivery via Caviar. 80 Proof, (773) 966-0404, 1500 N. Wells Street.
RIVER NORTH — Upscale Italian throwback Ciccio Mio from Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality has a to-go menu of Italian favorites as well as bottles of wine for pickup. Place immediate orders through Toast or book a pre-order via Tock. Ciccio Mio, 226 W. Kinzie Street.
RIVER NORTH — Downtown Mexican restaurant Mercadito has a to-go menu featuring margaritas and cocktail kits, as well as numerous tacos, salsas, and sides. Place an order for curbside pickup on the restaurant’s website. Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie Street.
RIVER WEST — Laid-back gastropub the Swill Inn is back open with an abbreviated menu of bar food like “the Swill Burger” and three-cheese mac. Place orders for pickup and delivery through Toast or GrubHub. The Swill Inn, 415 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
ROGERS PARK — Bond Coffee Collective, the West Rogers Park coffee shop that abides by strict rules of kashrut, or Jewish dietary laws, has reopened its drive-thru and coffee counter for to-go orders. Delivery is also available via the shop’s website, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Bond Coffee Collective, 7555 N. California Avenue.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — Southern French restaurant Le Sud reopens with a Mediterranean bent to its takeout menus, a theme that owner Sandy Chen says will continue even when dining rooms are open again. Options include a la carte and family meals for four, as well as wine, beer, and champagne. Place orders by phone or through the restaurant’s website. Le Sud, (773) 857-1985, 2301 W. Roscoe Street.
SOUTH LOOP — Jewish deli stalwart Eleven City Diner has a large selection of classic Ashkenazi options, as well as meats, fish, cheese, deli items, and more for pickup and delivery. Download the restaurant’s app on iOS or Android, or place an order via bike delivery, DoorDash, Caviar, or UberEats. Eleven City Diner, 1112 S. Wabash Avenue.
THE LOOP — Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s riverside restaurant Pizzeria Portofino has a smattering of Italian delights available a la carte or in a family meal for four. Italian wines and beers are also on offer, along with several cocktail “spritz kits.” Call the restaurant for pickup or place an order through ChowNow. Pizzeria Portofino, (312) 900-9018, 317 N. Clark Street.
UPTOWN — Breakfast and brunch haven Tweet reopens for pickup with a long menu of sweet and savory options, plus an entire swath of the selections are gluten-free. Place orders over the phone. Tweet, (773) 728-5576 or (773) 728-5511, 5020 N. Sheridan Road.
WEST LOOP — Luxurious Boka Group restaurant Bellemore, helmed by chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, has a family meal, a la carte items, wine, and a home cocktail kit available for pickup via Tock. Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph Street.
WEST LOOP — Chicago’s first okonomiyaki restaurant, Gaijin, has a number of sweet and savory options from esteemed chef Paul Virant for pickup and delivery. Items are offered a la carte or in a family meal for two. Order online via Toast. Gaijin, 950 W. Lake Street.
BURR RIDGE — Contemporary American spot Topaz in suburban Burr Ridge has a to-go selection that features familiar dishes like a wedge salad and steak and frites. Place a phone order for pickup. Topaz, (630) 654-1616, 780 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge.
OAK BROOK — Suburban steakhouse Michael Jordan’s Restaurant has a family meal available for pickup via Tock starting Saturday, as well as a special Last Dance dinner to go on Sunday to celebrate the ESPN documentary. Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, 1225 W. 22nd Street in Oak Brook.
OAK PARK — Citrine, a suburban Mediterranean restaurant, offers a robust to-go menu that includes gnocchi bolognese and smoked pork shoulder, plus a family meal option with a double-portion of a chosen entree. Call the restaurant for pickup. Citrine, (708) 948-7328, 100 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park.
ANDERSONVILLE/LINCOLN PARK/WICKER PARK — Milwaukee-based coffee company Colectivo has reopened three Chicago locations as “ColecDepot” with a limited menu of coffee drinks and baked goods for pickup, as well as pantry items including breads and granola. Place orders using the company’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android. Colectivo Coffee, 5425 N. Clark Street; 2530 N Clark Street; 1211 N. Damen Avenue.
IRVING PARK — Midwest sandwich spot JT’s Genuine Sandwich Shop has reopened with an abbreviated menu that’s available for pickup. Customers can place orders online. JT’s Genuine Sandwich Shop, 3970 N. Elston Avenue.
LAKEVIEW — The Biscuit Man, a longtime food vendor serving out of beer bar the Long Room, is accepting online orders for delivery or curbside pickup. Other offerings include frozen cookie dough to bake at home, as well as refrigerated lunch options that are easily reheated. The Biscuit Man, 1612 W. Irving Park Road.
LINCOLN PARK — Neighborhood sports bar Gaslight has food and drink menus available for pickup and delivery. Place an order by phone or online via Caviar. Gaslight, (773) 929-7759, 2450 N. Clark Street.
LOGAN SQUARE — Bang Bang Pie Shop opens for one day only on Saturday, May 9 with a selection of food, drinks, and pantry items for pickup. It’s a good idea to place an online order as soon as possible, as supplies are limited. Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 N. California Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE — Handmade pasta restaurant Daisies features a pickup menu of dishes and a meal kit, along with fresh and preserved market items, wine, beer, a Bloody Mary kit, and merchandise. Each week’s menu will be posted and become available for preorder on Sundays at 5 p.m. Customers can place orders online. Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
RIVER NORTH — Swanky riverside restaurant RPM Seafood features an a la carte menu as well as three- and four-course dinners for two for pickup via Tock. There’s also a cocktail kit with Buffalo Trace and Dark Matter coffee syrup. RPM Seafood, Pickup at RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie Street.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — Neighborhood hangout Volo Restaurant Wine Bar is accepting orders via Tock for pickup and delivery meals and a discounted happy hour special with wine, cheese, and charcuterie for curbside pickup only. Volo is also offering a menu that’s a tribute to Paramount Room, the beloved River West bar that closed in 2017 after a decade. Volo Restaurant Wine Bar, 2008 W. Roscoe Street.
STREETERVILLE — Roman-style pizzeria L’Aventino Forno Romano reopens with a selection of Italian dishes. Order pickup by phone or delivery via Caviar. L’Aventino Forno Romano, (312) 964-5112, 355 E. Ohio Street.
WEST LOOP — Italian grab-and-go mini-chain Cafe L’Appetito has reopened its West Loop location. Place orders for pickup on the company’s website or for delivery via GrubHub or Doordash. Cafe L’Appetito, 1258 W. Jackson Boulevard.
WEST LOOP — Danish and Scandinavian-style restaurant Elske is taking dinner orders, available for pickup only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via Tock. Each week, a menu will be available for pre-order and offered until meals are sold out. Customers can also order schnapps and wines by the bottle as add-ons. Elske, 1350 W. Randolph Street.
WEST LOOP — Momotaro, Boka Group’s upscale Japanese restaurant, has reopened with meals for two available for curbside pickup via Tock, as well as to-go wine, sake, and a cocktail kit. Momotaro, 820 W. Lake Street.
WEST LOOP — Monteverde, the downtown Italian restaurant from Top Chef finalist Sarah Grueneberg, has reopened with pasta, sauces, produce, pantry items, and more. Place orders for scheduled pickup via Toast. Monteverde, 1020 W. Madison Street.
WEST LOOP — Two Michelin-starred restaurant Oriole has reopened with meal kits and bottles of wine for pickup. The first round of meal kits chef and owner Noah Sandoval sold out rapidly, but wines and some fancy candles (not for eating) are still available via Oriole’s website. Oriole, 661 W. Walnut Street.
WEST LOOP — Michigan Wolverines-friendly sports bar WestEnd is offering an a la carte food menu and family meal option for pickup and delivery, plus wine, beer, and four different cocktail kits. Orders can be placed by phone or online via Caviar. WestEnd, (312) 981-7100, 1326 W. Madison Street.
WEST TOWN — Creative sushi spot Kai Zan is accepting orders for carryout via Clover on certain days while supplies last. Offerings and availability are subject to change, so check social media for the latest information. Kai Zan, 2557 W. Chicago Avenue.
WICKER PARK — Debonair Social Club reopens Friday as “Debonair Social Club: Disco Bodega,” a weekend-market-meets-socially-distant-nightclub with DJ sets, pre-set packs of booze to go, DIY meal kits and dishes from neighboring restaurant Dorian’s and No Bones Beach Club, plus kitchen items and more. Offerings are available for grab-and-go service and via Tock for pickup and delivery. The bodega business will run through the duration of Illinois’s stay-at-home order. Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
WRIGLEYVILLE — Swift & Sons Tavern, the new steak and oyster spot from from Boka Restaurant Group across from Wrigley Field, is offering a sizable selection of food, alcohol, and Paloma cocktail kits for pickup and delivery via Caviar. DIY types can also order filet, New York strip, and ribeye grill kits to cook at home. Swift & Sons Tavern, 3600 N. Clark Street.
BOYSTOWN— Intelligentsia Coffee has opened its flagship shop near Broadway and Belmont. It’ll be open for to-go service from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the foreseeable future, CEO and President James McLaughlin tells Eater Chicago. Intelligentsia Coffee, (773) 348-8058, 3123 N. Broadway Street.
MAGNIFICENT MILE— Aster Hall, the food hall operated by Hogsalt Hospitality, is open for delivery and curbside takeout. Vendors include Small Cheval, the Rotisserie and the Chocolate Bar. Alcohol is also available. Ordering is available on the food halls website or via Caviar. Aster Hall, 900 N. Michigan Avenue.
RIVER WEST— One of the city’s best Italian restaurants, Piccolo Sogno, is back open on Friday. Customers could call the restaurant or order via Caviar. Piccolo Sogno, (312) 421-0077, 464 N. Halsted Street.
WICKER PARK— Piece Pizza will be back open for carryout and delivery starting on Monday. Owner Bill Jacobs says they’ve spent the last month regrouping and putting in better safety precautions. He consulted with Dr. David Nayak, an internist with a focus on allergy-immunology. Piece Pizza, 1927 W. North Avenue.
WICKER PARK/WEST LOOP/FULTON MARKET/RIVER NORTH/WRIGLEYVILLE— One Off Hospitality Group is set to reopen several of its restaurants on Monday, May 4 for carryout and delivery. Avec, Pacific Standard Time, and Publican Quality Meats will all reopen, and so will both locations of Big Star. One Off Hospitality’s Paul Kahan says his company will phase in other openings, as they’ll need a “running start” before dine-in restaurants reopen when the state allows. Many will sell groceries and other specialty items. Over at Publican Quality Meats, they’ll have a virtual butcher shop and bread from Beard Award winner Greg Wade. Violet Hour in Wicker Park will also sell cocktail kits. Order on the websites. Avec, 615 W. Randolph Street; Pacific Standard Time, 141 W. Erie Street, Publican Quality Meats, 815 W. Fulton Market; Big Star, 1531 N. Damen Avenue and 3640 N. Clark Street; Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen Avenue.
AVONDALE/FULTON MARKET— Kuma’s Corner is back open with burgers, booze, and more at all of its locations. Ownership is driving orders through its app, which has pickup windows for customers to select. In other news, Kuma’s Fest, a music festival rescheduled to August to celebrate the restaurant’s 15th anniversary, has been cancelled. But the good news is at least fans will get to scarf down a Neurosis burger and blast their music as loud as they want without angering any Dave Matthews Band fans that have strolled into Kuma’s without knowing what to expect. Kuma’s Corner, 2900 W. Belmont and 852 W. Fulton Market.
GOLD COAST— Tavern on Rush is back open on Rush Street for curbside pickup and delivery via its website. Besides prepared dishes, Tavern is also selling vacuum-sealed raw steaks for home cooks. There’s also family meals and a Mother’s Day special. Tavern on Rush, (312) 664-9600, 1031 N. Rush Street.
LINCOLN PARK— Del Seoul, the Korean-American restaurant known for tacos, wings, and more, is reopening on Friday, May 1. Check social media for hours. Order online and pickup and delivery. The full menu appears available, and they’re also selling alcohol. Del Seoul, 2568-70 N. Clark Street.
LINCOLN PARK— Right down the street from Del Seoul, one is quietly one of the city’s best sushi spots is also reopening. Toro Sushi is also reopening on Friday, May 1. Orders could be placed on DoorDash or via the restaurant’s website. Toro Sushi, 2546 N. Clark Street.
LINCOLN SQUARE— Cafe Selmarie, the neighborhood stalwart known for pastries and full dining, is back open for curbside pickup. Mac and cheese, croissants, and alcohol are on the menu. Cafe Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Avenue.
MAYFAIR— Moroccan restaurant Shokran is reopening on Friday, May 1 for carryout and delivery. Shokran, 4027 W. Irving Park Road.
RIVER WEST— The Dawson is opening on Friday, May 1 for curbside pickup and delivery. The menu and ordering information will eventually be posted on the restaurant’s website. The Dawson, 730 W. Grand Avenue.
WEST LOOP— Federales may not have its patio open for Cinco de Mayo, but the West Loop taco bar now has a pickup window and will be back open on Friday, May 1. Customers could call the restaurant or order via Grubhub, DoorDash, or Postmates. Federales, 180 N. Morgan Street.
WEST TOWN— The Gringo, the West Town taco spot, is reopening on May 5, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Co-owner Steven Tsonis said they had no intention of reopening until the stay-at-home order was lifted, but changed his mind thanks to his father. His father was infected with COVID-19 after they closed in mid-March. After a three-week stay in intensive care, he’s fully recovered. He would tell his son he couldn’t wait to return to the restaurant for a shrimp taco: “I realized, people just want a small sense of their life back in these uncertain times,” Tsonis wrote. They’ll be open on Tuesday for pickup and delivery and offering 25-percent off for frontline workers. In addition to third-party delivery, customers can order directly to make sure the restaurant doesn’t pay commission fees. The Gringo, 1202 W. Grand Avenue, (312) 265-1655.
HINSDALE— Paul Virant’s suburban restaurants, Vie and Vistro, are reopening for carryout and delivery on Friday, May 1 and they’ll also have Mother’s Day specials. They are also selling cocktail kits. In other Virant news, is West Loop Japanese restaurant, Gaijin, could open for takeout in mid-May. Vie and Vistro, 112 S. Washington Street, Hinsdale.
JEFFERSON PARK— One of the Northwest Side’s most venerable restaurants, Gale Street Inn, is coming back starting on Friday for curbside takeout. This 57-year-old iconic spot is best know for its baby back ribs. Customers will be able to order on the website, via Toast. Ownership will share details on the website and social media. Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (773) 725-1300.
LOGAN SQUARE— One of Chicago’s most unique Mexican restaurants, Dos Urban Cantina — from Rick Bayless restaurant vets Brian and Jennifer Enyart — is back. They’re offering pickup on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are taking preorders for family meals for four. There’s a vegetarian options (tamal azteca) and one for omnivores (pork carnitas). Orders made 24 hours before are served warm, and orders made the same day will come with reheating instructions. And it comes with Dos Urban’s renown chocolate cake or tres leches. There’s also beer and wine. They’ll take orders on the phone, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Instagram direct message. Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Avenue, (773) 661-6452.
OLD TOWN— The Vig, Old Town’s lively casino-themed restaurant and bar, is back serving food. Staff are taking preorders via Tock for curbside pickup for Friday and Saturday. Pick from sandwiches or fried chicken. The Vig, 1527 N. Wells Street, (312) 982-2186.
PILSEN— La Luna, a Mexican restaurant in Pilsen run by Samantha Sanchez, has started to offer pickup and delivery (the latter via DoorDash). There’s tacos, burgers, and apparently cocktails to go. That includes pitchers of margaritas and sangria, according to a Facebook post. La Luna, 1726 S. Racine Avenue, (312) 248-8940.
SOUTH LOOP— After a temporary closure, Harbor a restaurant that pays homage to the food culture surrounding the Great Lakes states, is back with a takeout menu from Wednesday through Sunday. The restaurant debuted in January. The menu should change on a regular basis and customers could check it out via the website. Orders are taken over the phone for curbside pickup. Harbor, 1312 S. Wabash Avenue, (312) 736-1570.