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Sandy Noto
June 26, 2020
Chicago Restaurants Can Open For Indoor Dining Today: Here’s What To Expect
What we know so far.
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As of June 26th, all restaurants in Chicago are allowed to reopen for indoor dining under phase IV protocol. You can feel free to read the government’s PowerPoint presentation here . But we’re going to unpack the most important info below to better understand what eating at a restaurant will look like right now. And to learn more about Phase III outdoor dining protocols, read our FAQ.

What We Know So Far:

How crowded will they be?

At first, not very. They’ll be restricted to 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people per room and/or floor. And to keep social distancing guidelines, the tables will be at least six feet apart.

Does this include bars?

Yep - both bars and breweries are all allowed to reopen under the phase IV guidelines.

How many people can I bring with me?

Parties of 10 are the maximum size allowed per table.

How long can I stay?

At bars (meaning drinking establishments that don’t serve food) no longer than two hours.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. Customers must wear masks as they enter and exit restaurants or use restrooms, but you’re allowed to take the mask off once you’re seated.

Does the restaurant staff have to wear masks?

Yes. Every single restaurant employee is required to wear a mask, so just assume everyone is smiling politely at you for being such an understanding, patient customer.

What else are restaurants doing to ensure a sanitary environment?

Tables and chairs are to be wiped down after each party’s use, high-touch areas will be disinfected every 30 minutes, and hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available. While a lot of it will be less noticeable, there will also be things like disposable menus, contactless payments (when possible), and single-use condiments.

I don’t think I’m ready to eat out yet, but I still want to support restaurants. How can I do that?_

We totally get that. Since it’s very hard for a restaurant to succeed with just outdoor dining, many of them will continue to do takeout and delivery as well. We’ve already published a bunch of takeout-specific guides, with everything from Where To Get Food For A Picnic to the Best Delivery & Takeout For Your Birthday. We’ll keep them updated so you can continue to support your favorite restaurants through delivery and takeout.

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