Warm weather has arrived and there’s no better way to take advantage of it than with al fresco dining. Chicago has plenty of options for all-seasons patios and rooftops but for those who’d prefer to take their food to go, eating in one of the city’s numerous parks is a wonderful experience as well. The following spots offer finger-friendly bites and are located close to some of the biggest public green spaces so Chicagoans can enjoy tasty and convenient picnic spreads. Just don’t forget the blanket.
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