Chicago is the city that works and in many cases that means clocking out well past 5 p.m. For those with nocturnal schedules or nightlifers who need sustenance, there are lots of delicious options. The following essential spots have stayed open late and served great food for years. The latest additions to the list include Korean bar Dancen, vegan-friendly Pick Me Up Cafe, and old-school diner White Palace Grill. While restaurants in Chicago have to close for patio service at 11 p.m., takeout and delivery are considered essential services and can continue.
As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as 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