Chicago’s Dine-In Restaurants and Bars Could Stay Closed Until June – Eater Chicago

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On Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot echoed what many Chicagoans see coming: the state’s stay-at-home order will likely be extended, which means dine-in restaurants and bars could be kept closed until June. Health experts predict COVID-19 will peak in Illinois in mid-May, and while Gov. J.B. Pritzker hasn’t made an official announcement, residents are bracing themselves for another month of the same, according to the Tribune and other reports.

With the prospect of stay at home lasting another month, Chicago is entering a new phase. Dining rooms remain closed, but a few restaurants have restarted operations and have begun to offer takeout or delivery.

Read on below for a rundown on some noteworthy restaurants that are once against serving food. This post will be periodically updated to add to the list of restaurants back up and running.

Illinois’s stay-at-home order means only essential business are allowed open. Besides hospitals, that includes grocery and liquor stores. Restaurants are allowed to offer takeout and delivery. Dine-in restaurants and bars have been closed since March 17. The strategy in keeping non-essentials closed in Illinois appears different from states like Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, and Texas, which are allowing some restaurants, beaches, stores, and golf courses to soon reopen.

The hospitality industry landscape is rapidly changing. The sector saw an early wave of select restaurants debuting carryout and delivery for the first time. Then there was another wave of restaurant choosing to shutdown operations for a mix of safety and financial reasons. Scaled down operations and closed restaurants have led to furloughs.

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April 22

JEFFERSON PARK— One of the Northwest Side’s most venerable restaurants, Gale Street Inn, is coming back starting on Friday for curbside takeout. This 57-year-old iconic spot is best know for its baby back ribs. Customers will be able to order on the website, via Toast. Ownership will share details on the website and social media. Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (773) 725-1300.

LOGAN SQUARE— One of Chicago’s most unique Mexican restaurants, Dos Urban Cantina — from Rick Bayless restaurant vets Brian and Jennifer Enyart — is back. They’re offering pickup on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are taking preorders for family meals for four. There’s a vegetarian options (tamal azteca) and one for omnivores (pork carnitas). Orders made 24 hours before are served warm, and orders made the same day will come with reheating instructions. And it comes with Dos Urban’s renown chocolate cake or tres leches. There’s also beer and wine. They’ll take orders on the phone, at [email protected], or via Instagram direct message. Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Avenue, (773) 661-6452.

OLD TOWN— The Vig, Old Town’s lively casino-themed restaurant and bar, is back serving food. Staff are taking preorders via Tock for curbside pickup for Friday and Saturday. Pick from sandwiches or fried chicken. The Vig, 1527 N. Wells Street, (312) 982-2186.

PILSEN— La Luna, a Mexican restaurant in Pilsen run by Samantha Sanchez, has started to offer pickup and delivery (the latter via DoorDash). There’s tacos, burgers, and apparently cocktails to go. That includes pitchers of margaritas and sangria, according to a Facebook post. La Luna, 1726 S. Racine Avenue, (312) 248-8940.

SOUTH LOOP— After a temporary closure, Harbor a restaurant that pays homage to the food culture surrounding the Great Lakes states, is back with a takeout menu from Wednesday through Sunday. The restaurant debuted in January. The menu should change on a regular basis and customers could check it out via the website. Orders are taken over the phone for curbside pickup. Harbor, 1312 S. Wabash Avenue, (312) 736-1570.

1527 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 982-2186

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