It's 11 a.m. and the stomach's growling. The only thoughts racing through the mind are the options for lunch. Sure, one could finish last night’s leftovers or head to the nearest fast food chain, but why settle? The following spots excel at the midday meal, offering everything from jerk chicken to shish kabob sandwiches. The latest additions to the list include South Asian specialist Chiya Chai Cafe, Wicker Park noodle shop Phodega, and Pullman’s One Eleven Food Hall.
As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. 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