Summer in Chicago brings a much-needed wave of festivals, warm weather, and an atmosphere that makes this season a truly special one. Capitalize on warm, clear days with a meal or drink accompanied by an aquatic backdrop of Lake Michigan, where scenic lakefront views combine with food and drink to create a memorable summer experience. This map highlights some of the top options along the water. For riverfront dining selections, head here.
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As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More