Chicago’s birthday is on March 4, the anniversary of when the city was incorporated. This year, the city turns 184 years old. The city’s food culture is an important of its overall history, shaped by several culture who have made neighborhoods their homes.
Authenticity is a tricky subject, but when folks ask for a genuine Chicago experience, these classic restaurants come to mind. There are trendier restaurants and ones that may be more important to the current state of the industry, but the following do a better job in capturing Chicago’s soul. These are great places for locals and tourists to visit, so indulge in a classic today.
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. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. 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 guidelinesRead More