After George Floyd was killed during an arrest by police on May 25 in Minneapolis, millions of people in all 50 U.S. states and across the world took to the streets to protest police brutality against African Americans.
In some cities, including Chicago, looting and vandalism has taken place as well. These events emerged just as Chicago restaurants were allowed to start reopening for outdoor dine-in service, leading to confusion and apprehension on the part of some business owners. Others, however, have expressed explicit support for Black Lives Matter, the protests, and the cause at hand.
The ongoing fight to end police brutality against Black Americans is inextricably linked to the hospitality industry. Eater Chicago plans to track the affects of these protests on the city’s restaurant scene.
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