Indoor dining has resumed in the city of Chicago — under some restrictions — despite discomfort from numerous owners and workers who are concerned about the elevated potential for coronavirus exposure during indoor service. Many of those are focusing on patio dining, or continuing to offer food for pickup.
The following are just some restaurants that have reopened their patios and dining rooms. It will be updated periodically. For a list on available takeout and delivery options, go here.
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Gladstone Park: Family-owned spot North Branch Fried Chicken opened for the first time in late June, according to chef and co-owner John Badal. He and his wife are featuring fried chicken in a variety of forms, including sandwiches, wings, drumsticks, and tenders, as well as their popular sauces that are also available for retail sale. There’s also barbecue specials, burgers, appetizers, and more for pickup and delivery. North Branch Fried Chicken, 5481 N. Northwest Highway, Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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Little Italy: Stefani Restaurant Group establishment Tuscany, originally debuted in 1990, reopened this week, according to a rep. Executive chef Victorio Padilla is offering a menu of Italian favorites such as raviolacci toscani (short rib stuffed ravioli, parmigiano and sage brown butter sauce) and vitella piccata (veal, lemon, white wine, capers, fettuccine, lemon thyme sauce), as well as wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant is also offering carryout and delivery via Doordash, Grubhub, and UberEats. Its suburban Wheeling location is also open. Tuscany Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor Street, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Logan Square: Indie cafe MeLatte Coffee Shop, owned by Honduran immigrant Luz Marriaga, opened last weekend on Fullerton Avenue, according to Block Club Chicago. Marriaga, who owned a beauty shop on the same block nearly 10 years ago, is serving coffee from local roaster Metric Coffee but hopes to eventually feature coffee from her uncle’s farm in the Honduran city of El Progreso once it’s safe to travel. She’s also offering Spirit Tea, locally-made empanadas, pastries, and Argentinian sweets. MeLatte Coffee Shop, 3304 W. Fullerton Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
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Logan Square: Revolution Brewing’s essential Chicago brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue is back open after completing renovations and is featuring a new “Rev To Go” quick-service counter, according to a news release. It’s using an updated menu with some of the spot’s greatest hits as well as new items like a crispy chicken sandwich and beet and radish dip. There’s also a refreshed draft list that offers some of its “Deep Woods” series, including its newest release, “Mixed Berry Ryeway,” a barrel-aged ryewine. Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
River North: Popular Parisian-style restaurant Brindille from chef Carrie Nahabedian reopens Friday for the first time since March, according to the Tribune. The restaurant was damaged during the protests against police brutality in late May, with a shattered front window, graffiti, and destroyed wood and metal framing. It took a month to complete repairs, according to Nahabedian, and a new sign hasn’t yet arrived. She’ll offer an abbreviated menu that includes her popular burger and mezze platter. Brindille, 534 N. Clark Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
River North: The Diver, a new spot in the former Flamingo Rum Club space, opened this week with the aim of transporting diners to beachy locales, many of which Americans aren’t allowed to visit this summer. Designed to evoke a casual beach shack, the seafood-heavy menu proffers ceviches, tostadas, tortas, and more. Drink options include thematic drinks like “Night In Oaxaca” (mezcal, campari, vermouth, mole bitters, cherry), plus beer and wine. Customers can dine-in or order items to go. The Diver, 601 N. Wells Street, Open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
South Loop: Hoots, the less-sexist spinoff of notorious breastaurant chain Hooters, has opened its third Chicago-area location, according to a news release. The new spot will feature self-checkout kiosks, cutting down on contact with employees and theoretically expediting the ordering process. Delivery is also available via Grubhub, Uber, Door Dash, ezCater and Postmates. The company opened Hoots’s first city location, “Hoots at the Field,” on the edge of Logan Square in 2019. Hoots, 1238 S. Canal Street, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ukrainian Village: Celebrated wife-and-husband team Genie Kwon and Tim Flores on Wednesday opened Kasama, their highly anticipated restaurant featuring pastries and Filipino street food. For the time being, Kasama is pick-up only with a condensed menu of lumpia, croissants, adobo chicken wings, and more available via Uber Eats. It’s in the former Winchester space at Winchester and Augusta. Kasama, 1001 N. Winchester Avenue, open for carryout and delivery via Uber Eats.
Ukrainian Village: Pizza Friendly Pizza, a new Sicilian-style pizzeria in the former Bite Cafe space that neighbors storied music venue Empty Bottle, opened Wednesday with a walk-up window and limited patio seating. Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman of 16” on Center (Thalia Hall, Revival Food Hall) brought in award-winning chef Noah Sandoval (Oriole) to create the recipes, as well as lauded bartender Julia Momose (Kumiko) to create a spirit-free drink. There’s also sandwiches, sides, beer, wine, and cocktails. Pizza Friendly Pizza, 1039 N. Western Avenue, Open 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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West Town: Seafood-focused Portuguese and Spanish restaurant Porto is back open with new dishes, conservas, and tasting menus, according to a rep. New menu offerings include “Pasta Do Mar #2” (Galician seaweed spaghetti, baby zucchini, seaweed pesto, salmon roe, São Jorge cheese-brined smoked scallops) and cangrejo and rodaballo rillette (smoked wild Galician turbot, king crab, creme fraiche, trout roe, rye bread). In addition, chef Marcos Campos is featuring five- and seven-course weekly rotating tasting menus. Porto, 1600 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Winnetka: Chef and owner Michael Lachowicz has reopened George Trois, his celebrated French spot that’s also an essential suburban restaurant, according to a news release. It’s not quite business as usual — service is only on Saturdays and the number of diners is limited to 12. Lachowicz is featuring an 8-course tasting menu ($220 per person, not including wine service). Courses include lobster, Japanese black cod, and brandade de morue beignet; and Veal Oscar (sauteed tournedo of veal, asparagus crown, Dungeness crab gateau and porcini mushrooms, aerated nouveau bernaise). Call the restaurant to place a reservation. George Trois, (847) 441-3100, 64 Green Bay Road, Open Saturdays only.
Around Town: Delivery-only sushi company Krispy Rice has debuted in Chicago via ghost kitchen, offering hand rolls, maki, nigiri, and sashimi, according to a news release. Menu items include both pre-set bento boxes and sushi a la carte, as well as sides like edamame and fried shrimp. Pickup and delivery are available through Doordash.
Avondale: Honey Butter Fried Chicken is back open with a new takeout window in the back of the restaurant. Delivery is through Caviar and DoorDash. Takeout orders via the website.
Lincoln Park: Acclaimed American restaurant North Pond has reopened under a new chef and sous chef after James Beard Award-winning chef Bruce Sherman stepped away in November 2019 after two decades at the restaurant, according to a rep. The kitchen will now be lead by executive chef Cesar Murillo (Frontera Grill, Grace) and sous chef Luke Hein (Sepia). North Pond is open for dinner service and will begin offering to-go picnic lunches on Wednesday. North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive, Open 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (brunch) and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner).
Logan Square: Neighborhood drinking and dining spot Webster’s Wine Bar reopens Sunday with limited patio seating and socially-distanced indoor seating, according to its wine director. He’s also offering three-packs of wine weekly, “picnic packs” with items like cheese, charcuterie, bread, and a bottle of wine, and takeout for two dinner packages. Webster’s Wine Bar, 2601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.).
Logan Square: Wormhole 2, the long-awaited 90s-style sister spot to essential Chicago coffeeshop Wormhole Coffee, has opened just beside storied Chicago confectionary Margie’s Candies for to-go service, according to an Instagram post. Staff are offering “slight variations” on the original Wormhole menu, and tips will be matched and donated to Brave Space Alliance. Wormhole 2, 1953 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Noble Square/Wicker Park: A new vintage-style fast-food spot called Lawn is open in the Ashland Avenue space that formerly housed Flip and Wilson’s Hot Dogs, just beside that other vintage-style burger chain that has still yet to open after more than a year of empty promises. Lawn is from Felipe Caro, who owns the building and has also reopened his other spot, Picante Taqueria, in West Town. Picante, 2018 W. Division Street, Open 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
River North: Famed Indian-Latin American fusion restaurant Vermilion has reopened with a new look and menu. Owner Rohini Dey has streamlined food options to allow diners choose between a lighter or heavier meal, and added a contemporary feel to the space. Vermilion, 10 W Hubbard Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Streeterville: WoodWind, the new American restaurant on 18th floor of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Lavin Family Pavilion, reopened Wednesday with all-day and brunch menus from celebrated executive chef Don Young (Temporis), according to a rep. WoodWind, 259 E. Erie Street, Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch) and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner) Saturday and Sunday.
The Loop: Celebrated French fine-dining restaurant Everest from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will reopen its 40th-floor dining room July 30, according to a news release. Chef J. Joho will offer a four-course prix fixe menu and seven-course tasting menu. Reservations are required via OpenTable. Everest, 425 S. Financial Place, 40th floor, Open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Loop: Porter Kitchen & Deck, featuring gorgeous views of the Chicago River, has reopened for lunch and dinner with riverside patio dining, as well as carryout. Patrons can expect seasonal cocktails and familiar American dishes. Porter Kitchen & Deck, 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wicker Park: Popular salad chain Sweetgreen has opened its seventh Chicago location, according to a rep. The new spot features an “expansive” covered patio and work from local artists Cody Hudson and David Esquivel. Sweetgreen, 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Bridgeport: The South Side’s new and aptly named restaurant Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream is open in the former Pleasant House Bakery space, according to owner Ed Marszewski (Maria’s, Marz Community Brewing). Customers can expect square pan Sicilian-style pies, dark meat popcorn chicken from Kimski chef Won Kim, and ice cream from pastry chef Dana Salls Cree’s Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Snag the goods via walk-up window and eat outside on the restaurant’s patio. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream, 964 W. 31st Street, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Bucktown: Chinese-American restaurant Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar (from the group behind Giant) opened a new patio space for dine-in service Thursday, according to a rep. Food options include sesame pea tips, dry chili chicken, and dan dan noodles with ground pork. Reservations are required via Resy. Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar, 2165 N. Western Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Chicago Riverwalk: Logan Square Nepalese restaurant and tea shop Chiya Chai reopens its Riverwalk outpost Friday, according to a rep. The satellite spot features five chai varieties, including ginger cardamom and chai coconut creme. Popular food options like samosas and masala chicken pie are also available, plus a new menu of chaat — a style of Indian street snacks — such as Bhel Puri, Aloo Chaat, and Samosa Chaat. Chiya Chai, Michigan Avenue Marketplace, Open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Edison Park: Tavern on the Point, a new casual restaurant serving comforting dishes like pork chops, short ribs, and a plethora of burgers, opened this month with what’s touted as the neighborhood’s first outdoor rooftop dining space, according to a rep. Tavern on the Point, 6724 N. Northwest Highway, Open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Irving Park: Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden, a new pizzeria in the former home of Pitchfork Food and Saloon, opens Friday, according to ownership. Menu items include bar-friendly favorites like thin and pan-crust pies, burgers, wings, and more. Easy Street operates an additional location in Portage Park. Easy Street, 2922 W. Irving Park Road, Open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Lincoln Park: The Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary, a Chicago reggae venue for more than 30 years, has reopened with newish Caribbean barbecue spot Jerk Shack. Menu items include Jamaican cornbread fritters, jerk chicken dinners with coconut rice and peas, and more. Jerk Shack, 2610 N. Halsted Street, Open 3 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday.
North Center: Cobblestone, the European restaurant that replaced the cider bar Northman in February, reopened in July with a brand new menu that integrates American touches into dishes from France, Hungary, Germany, Spain, and beyond, according to a rep. There’s also more than 50 cider and 50 beer selections to try. Owner Dr. Markus Chwajol, the former owner of Bohemian House, has brought on chef Reggie Wilbon (Chicago Cut, Ja Grill). Cobblestone, 4337 N. Lincoln Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for dinner; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for brunch.
The Loop: Luxurious downtown steakhouse Ocean Prime has reopened for dine-in service, according to a rep. The summer menu features classics like prime steaks, Alaskan king crab legs, and Colorado lamb chops, as well as a raw bar and selection of sushi. Ocean Prime, 87 E. Wacker Drive, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Ukrainian Village: Stylish restaurant, market, and bottle shop All Together Now has opened its patio for “picnic-style” dining with options like cheese boards, sandwiches, wine by the glass, snacks, and spreads. All Together Now, 2119 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
West Loop: The team behind Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Omakase Yume opened casual sister restaurant TenGoku Aburiya in July. Omakase Yume chef Sangete Park designed most of the menu, and weaves the Korean flavors he grew up with into a selection of bar-friendly Japanese dishes like kushiyaki (grilled skewers) and kimchi okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). There’s also udon noodle dishes, beer, sake, and more. TenGoku Aburiya, 651 W. Washington Boulevard, Open 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
West Loop: New vegan West Loop restaurant Uncooked opened on Carpenter Street in early July with a menu of raw, animal-free grab-and-go dishes, according to a rep. Menu options range from matcha chia pudding and cold brew overnight oats to salads and flatbreads, plus unusual items like cacio e pepe (kelp noodles, mushrooms, parsley, broccoli, black truffle alfredo sauce, cashew-based “parmesan cheese”). The restuarant is also focused on sustainability and is committed to the zero-waste movement. Uncooked, 210 N. Carpenter Street, Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
West Town: Chef Edward Kim’s creative Asian-American restaurant Mott St reopened with a fully renovated patio and additional outdoor dining in the rear parking lot in June, according to a rep. Kim is offering menu items like his famous Mott St burger (double chuck patties, sweet potato shoestrings, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapeños, dill pickles, miso butter, American cheese) and mentaiko kimchi udon (udon noodles, spicy marinated cod roe, kimchi, seaweed). Logan Square spinoff Mini Mott is also open with outdoor seating. Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Armour Square: A close drive to Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, Stix n Brix Wood Fired is taking reservations. Stix N Brix Wood Fired, 220 W. 33rd Street.
Avondale: All-day Italian restaurant Pisolino has reopened as Pisolino Italian Market, a retail and grab-and-go spot focused on local and imported goods, according to a Facebook post. Staff are offering the same to-go menu with options like polpette and carbonara, as well as small-batch Italian wines, take-and-bake pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches, meats, and more. Pisolino Italian Market, 2755 W. Belmont Avenue, Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday, kitchen opens at 4 p.m.
Andersonville: Mediterranean spot Oda, formerly Turkish Cuisine, has reopened for dinner with a sidewalk cafe and open-air seating, according to a rep. Co-owned by a mother and daughter, the restaurant draws on their heritage with Turkish, Ottoman, and Georgian fare. Dishes include charcoal-grilled kebabs, karniyarik-mouusaka, mchadi (Georgian corn bread), and more. Customers can place reservations over the phone or via OpenTable. Oda, (773) 878-8930, 5657 N. Clark Street, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday; closed Monday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
DePaul: Love Street, the cocktail bar from the owners of Victor Bar in North Center, is back open. So is Victor Bar. Love Street, 1325 Wrightwood Avenue.
Fulton Market: Special occasion spot Carnivale, which has been around since 2005, is back. Reservations are available for indoor dining via OpenTable. Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market.
Fulton Market: The Publican, One Off Hospitality Group’s iconic pub, is back open. They’ll also have patio seating and carryout. Reservations via Tock. The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market.
Fulton Market: Recently opened tapas spot Boqueria is open for indoor and outdoor dining along Fulton Market. Reservations via Resy. Boqueria, 807 W. Fulton Market.
Hyde Park: Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Nella Pizza e Pasta is reopening its dining room. Nella Pizza e Pasta, 1125 E. 55th Street.
Lincoln Square: Artango Bar and Steakhouse is taking reservations via OpenTable. Artango, 4767 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The Loop: Cindy’s, the bar perched atop the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, features some of the most sought-after views in Chicago, and it reopened its terrace this week, according to a rep. Customers can order off a brief bar snack menu and a drink list of cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits. Reservations are available online via Resy. Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Avenue, Open 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
River North: Good Measure, the punkish bar and grill near Old Town’s boarder, is back open. Reservations via OpenTable. Good Measure, 226 W. Chicago Avenue.
River North: GT Prime, the steakhouse from Boka Restaurant Group and chef Giuseppe Tentori, is opening for indoor and outdoor dining. They’ll offer an a la care menu and reservations are available on OpenTable. GT Prime, 707 N. Wells Street.
River North: Mercadito is back open. Reservations are available via OpenTable. Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie Street.
Roscoe Village: Neighborhood wine bar Volo is back open for indoor and outdoor service. Reservations are available via Tock. Volo, 2008 W. Roscoe Street.
Streeterville: Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge is reopening its dining room. Niu, 332 E. Illinois Street.
South Loop: Ambitious Chicago brewery Moody Tongue reopened the Bar, its the more casual side of its South Loop space (as opposed to connected upscale restaurant the Dining Room), this week for outdoor dining on its new patio, according to brewmaster Jared Rouben. The new summer menu includes engaging options like binchotan veal sweetbreads (char siu, trumpet royale mushrooms, ramp kimchi, black garlic pudding), as well as the brewery’s current release beers, such as “frozen banana Hefeweizen.” The fancier Dining Room is slated to reopen in the coming weeks. Reservations are available online via Resy. The Bar at Moody Tongue, 2515 S. Wabash Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ukrainian Village: This Ukrainian Village/Humboldt Park restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, 2700 W. Chicago Avenue.
Uptown: Carol’s Pub, Chicago’s late-night honky tonk bar, is debuting a new sidewalk patio. There’s also indoor seating, but no live music yet. Carol’s Pub, 4659 N. Clark Street.
West Loop: Haymarket Brewery & Pub, where customers can grab a pint of Harold 83. is back open. Haymarket, 737 W. Randolph Street.
West Loop: Popular Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Sisters reopens Friday for indoor dining with bahn mi, bao, noodles, and more, according to a news release. During the stay-at-home order, owner Mary Aregoni teamed up with Tigist Reda, the owner of beloved Uptown Ethiopian restaurant Demera, on a culinary cross-promotion to introduce their food to the other’s diners. They’re continuing the to-go partnership, even as indoor dining starts. Saigon Sisters reservations are available by phone or via OpenTable. Saigon Sisters, (312) 496-0090, 567 W. Lake Street, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.
West Loop: The Loyalist, the casual downstairs portion of decorated chefs John and Karen Urie Shields’s two-level dining destination (and sister restaurant to upscale Smyth), reopens for dine-in service Friday, according to a Facebook post. Praised for its creative bar food and cocktails, the restaurant’s burgers are especially popular. Reservations are available via Tock. The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada Street, Open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
West Loop: There are no sports yet, but WestEnd in West Loop will be ready when sports return. They’ll be open for indoor and outdoor service. WestEnd, 1326 W. Madison Street.
West Town: Homestead on the Roof, the rooftop restaurant from Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, is back open. The space received at $15,000 renovation, according to a news release. It also has a new chef. Reservations via OpenTable. Homestead on the Roof, 1924 W. Chicago Avenue.
Wicker Park: Creative Latin American restaurant Amaru reopens for dine-in service Friday, according to a Facebook post. In the meantime, chef Rodolfo Cuadros has been offering dishes like pollo al carbone and yuca frita with mojo verde for takeout and delivery. Amaru, 1904 W. North Avenue, Open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Wicker Park: Neighborhood favorite Janik’s Cafe is reopening for indoor and outdoor dining along Division Street. Janik’s Cafe, 2011 W. Division Street.
Wrigleyville: Nisei Lounge, which is working on a season seating package so Chicago Cubs fans can enjoy baseball and beer at the bar, is opening. They won’t allow pool or darts, but folks can get seated at the table. Nisei Lounge, 3459 N. Sheffield Avenue.
Bucktown: Local-food focused neighborhood restaurant the Royal Grocer has opened its patio for brunch and dinner, according to owner Michael Hartman. Menu options include the delightfully referential “Royale with Cheese” (onion jam, comeback sauce, pickles, American cheese, fries) and there’s plenty of drinks too. The Royal Grocer & Co., 2118 N. Damen Avenue, Open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (dinner) on Saturday and Sunday.
Edgewater: Modern Indian spot Mango Pickle has introduced sidewalk dining for the first time, according to a rep. Diners must order and pay in advance for the restaurant’s multi-course “complete meal,” which rotates daily, and can add drinks and extra a la carte dishes ahead of time too. Thursday’s meal, for example, features items like lentil vada with rasam and seasonal mixed greens saag paneer (ginger, garlic, maha ghee). Reservations are recommended via Tock but are not required. Mango Pickle, 5842 N. Broadway Street, Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday.
Hyde Park: Elegant Italian restaurant Ascione Bistro’s patio has returned with menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner, according to a rep. Antipasti, zuppa, hand-made pasta, and more are available to diners, who can also order off a long and detailed wine list. Ascione Bistro, 1500 E. 55th Street, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Printers Row: Classic Italian trattoria Sofi Restaurant has reopened for patio dining, according to owner Maurizio Michi (who also previously co-owned Riccardo Enoteca and Riccardo Trattoria). Diners can order off a robust menu of Italian specialities, plus breads, cold cuts, and cheeses. Sofi Restaurant, 616 S. Dearborn Street, Open 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Monday; 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
River North: Cult fast-food chain Jollibee launched its first-ever remote “cloud kitchen” in Chicago Thursday, according to a news release. It’s offering treats like fried “Chickenjoy,” sweet “Jolly Spaghetti,” and peach mango pie for pickup or delivery for customers in River North, Lincoln Park, the Loop, and Chinatown. The Filipino chain also operates an Elston Avenue location and a spot in suburban Skokie, and partnered with famed Chicago chef Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill) on fast-casual Willis Tower restaurant Tortazo. Customers can place orders via DoorDash. Jollibee, 831 N. Sedgwick Street, Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.
River North: Chicago River-adjacent meat haven River Roast has reopened for outdoor dining, according to a rep. Diners can order off a brunch selection or an an all-day menu — both featuring signature roasts — and there are a host of cocktails, wines, and beers. River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle Drive, Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (all-day) on Saturday and Sunday.
Roscoe Village: Charming French restaurant Le Sud is back with a new menu that emphasizes Mediterranean fare from chef Michael Woodhall for dinner and happy hour, according to a news release. Options include a la carte items, like roasted chicken chasseur (lardon, cipollini, mushroom, tomato, herbs), and a prix-fixe family meal. Le Sud, 2301 W. Roscoe Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Streeterville: Riverside gourmet pizza spot Robert’s Pizza has opened its outdoor patio for the very first time after relocating last year, according to a rep. The dockside dining space features a menu of classic pizzas like pepperoni, as well as creative takes such as a pie topped with braised fennel, fennel fronds, fennel salami, pollen, fresh mozzarella, and honey. Robert’s Pizza and Dough Co., 465 N. McClurg Court, Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday; 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Wicker Park: Chef Bill Kim’s casual noodle, dumpling, and rice spot Urbanbelly has opened its patio just off Damen for outdoor dining, according to a rep. It offers a selection of dumplings, bowls, and specialties like hot chicken bao buns and togarashi fries. There’s also treats from sweets specialist Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Urbanbelly, 1542 N. Damen Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.
Evanston: Upscale suburban farm-to-table restaurant Found Kitchen & Social House will reopen its patio space Friday featuring a brand new limited menu from James Beard Award-winning chef Debbie Gold, according to a rep. Offerings include a selection caviar as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, lamb burgers (cucumber, red onion, arugula, tzatziki sauce, and more. Found Kitchen & Social House, 1621 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, Open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.
Andersonville: Italian neighborhood spot Bar Roma is back open with a sidewalk cafe and open-air bar seating. Diners can order off a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes a sizable selection of antipasti, entrees, and dessert. Reservations are required via Resy. Bar Roma, 5101 N. Clark Street, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday.
Andersonville: Lauded Southern restaurant Big Jones has reopened with outdoor seating, and is accepting reservations by phone. Its offering its “Little Jones” menu, originally designed for takeout during the dine-in ban, as well as seasonal and brunch specials. Big Jones, (773) 275-5725, 5347 N. Clark Street, Open 11 a.m. to 3p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 10 am. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Bucktown: Irazu, one of Chicago’s few Costa Rican restaurants, has returned with outdoor seating, according to its website. In lieu of its typical offerings, staff are featuring a menu of its 20 most popular items like casado and pork chops a lo Tico (thin-cut and lime juice-marinated pork chops, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, sweet white onions). Reservations are available on the restaurant’s website.
Chatham: Casual BYOB restaurant and event space the Woodlawn has opened a rooftop space for dining, according to the Sun-Times. Menu options include flatbreads, sandwiches, toasts, and smoothies. The Woodlawn, 1200 E. 79th Street, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.
Fulton Market: Lettuce Entertain You’s rooftop Mediterranean restaurant Aba has reopened with limited seating for groups of six or less, according to a rep. Its patio menu includes several varieties of hummus, hot and cold mezze, kebabs, cocktails, and more. Reservations are required via Tock. Aba, 302 N. Green Street, Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Fulton Market: New American spot City Mouse inside the Ace Hotel has reopened with patio service for brunch and dinner. Brief menus feature familiar classics like burgers, rigatoni bolognese, and smoked chicken wings. City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan Street, Open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Hyde Park: Virtue, the acclaimed Southern restaurant from James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes 2020 finalist Erick Williams, reopened its sidewalk cafe Wednesday, according to a rep. Diners can order off a menu of “small and large rations” including green tomatoes (shrimp, Leroy’s remoulade), a pork chop (Egyptian grains, pickled onions, ham jus), and gizzards (dirty rice, gravy). Reservations are required via Resy. Virtue, 1462 E, 53rd Street, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday.
Logan Square: Local brewery and distillery Maplewood is accepting patio reservations via Tock for groups of two to five. Each party will have an hour and a half per reservation. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, 2171 N. Maplewood Avenue, Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.
Noble Square/Wicker Park: Chef Brian Jupiter has reopened patios at both of his establishments, seasonal American restaurant Frontier and New Orleans-style spot Ina Mae Tavern and Packaged Goods. Frontier’s patio menu offers sandwiches, smoked meats, and sweet delights from local pie expert Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies. Ina’s patio options include seafood towers, po’boys, and fried chicken. Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Ina Mae, 1415 N. Wood Street, Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
River North: Riverfront restaurant RPM Seafood from LEYE has resumed dine-in service on its patio with an abbreviated menu of seafood, steaks, and burgers. Each party is allotted a two-hour time slot and reservations are required via Tock. RPM Seafood, 317 N. Clark Street, Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
River North: Decorated chef Carlos Gaytán has reopened his Mexican-French destination Tzuco with a tight menu of his most popular dishes, including pulpo (guajillo-roasted octopus, fingerling potato, roasted red pepper, salsa macha, tunatto aioli) and chicharron de pescado (fried red snapper, salsa cruda, pickled vegetables, chile de árbol, peanut aioli). Reservations are required via Resy. Tzuco, 720 N. State Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 4p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday brunch.
South Loop: Chicago Jewish deli institution Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen reopened this week with outdoor seating, according to a Facebook post. Fans can order all their classic favorites, as well as deli and bakery items. Manny’s, 1141 S Jefferson Street, Open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.
South Loop: Historic haunt Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar has reopened its outdoor seating and is offering a menu of familiar bar favorites. Its patio is covered, shielding diners from possible precipitation. Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, 327 S. Plymouth Court, Open 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday through Sunday.
Wicker Park: Modern Filipino restaurant Cebu is back with patio seating and a special menu of items including chicken adobo and gambas (shrimp, garlic, pepper, calamansi, banana ketchup, oyster sauce, soy, chilli flakes, rice). Reservations are available via Tock. Cebu, 2211 W. North Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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