Is Chicago still considered a late-night city?
COVID changed the rules, and now restaurants and bars don’t have the same staffing numbers as prior to March 2020. That means not everyone can afford to keep their doors open late. Reduced hours are the norm, and city government seems to be OK with it. Recall that Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council curtailed liquor sales. Stores are no longer allowed to sell drinks past midnight, though bars can continue to pour. The city considers this a safety concern.
2022 has seen a rebound with some restaurants expanding hours. Summer will truly be a test in consumer confidence. Will folks be out and about late night? Or will they depend on delivery or — gasp — cook at home?
As Chicago ponders this, check out the following listing of restaurants that are serving past 11 p.m. Yes, the pandemic has redefined what is considered late night.
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