Chicagoans can whine about the cold weather or they can be proactive and warm up with a tantalizing cup of hot chocolate. There's a variety to select from as Chicago is a city that takes its cocoa seriously. From spicy to colorful to full of marshmallows, the following options are nearly guaranteed to bring a little joy to chilly customers.
As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room, or 25 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, 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 strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More