Chicago’s tavern culture helps makes this city special, and dive bars are an important part of it. The best of the city’s dives provide a comfortable, welcoming place for people to gather for a quick drink or an entire afternoon or evening, no matter what they’re wearing or how much money they have in their bank accounts. (There may be judgement for sports alliances, though.) Though cheap canned beer still is the classic drink of choice, Chicago’s beer culture has changed, and it’s now considered acceptable to drink an IPA with extra hops or a pumpkin peach ale while sitting at a dive. Just accept a shot of malort if it’s offered, and everyone can be friends.
As of January 3, the city has mandated that those ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated and masked at public places indoors while not actively eating or drinking. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More