There are few foodstuffs more comforting — physically and emotionally — than a fragrant, steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho. A dish born of beef-hungry French colonists occupying Hanoi in the 19th century, pho is believed by some to have immune-boosting and healing properties. Even those who don’t have faith in its physical effects will have a hard time disputing the joy a great bowl of pho can bring, warming the hearts and bellies of Chicagoans.
Though most of Chicago’s Vietnamese restaurant community is centered around Argyle Street in Uptown, there are many excellent pho options to be found throughout the city.
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 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