There’s much more to Hyde Park than its reputation of being the residence of former President Barack Obama as well as the home to the prestigious University of Chicago. It’s also a thriving restaurant community with plenty of culturally diverse offerings, enough to feed the more than 22,000 residents as well as others commuting to the South Side neighborhood.
What are the hot spots as well as classic places to dine in Hyde Park? They vary from old-school diner Valois to the award-winning, Southern-focused Virtue.
As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 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