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A New Dining Curfew And $300 PB&J's: The Weekly Chicago Restaurant Update

PHOTO: Kira Anderson
Updated July 10th, 2020

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Chicago restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

After months of being closed, Chicago restaurants have been allowed to reopen. Check out Chicago Restaurants Reopened For Outdoor Dining for up-to-date info. And for the full list of 100+ restaurants offering new and unique takeout organized by neighborhood, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at newsletter@theinfatuation.com.

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Week of July 6th

  • Officials announced on July 10th that Chicago bars, breweries, and restaurants that serve alcohol must close by midnight in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID.

  • Starting this weekend and going until August 16th, Lincoln avenue in Lincoln Park will close Saturdays and Sundays to make room for outdoor dining. You can find a list of participating restaurants (and yes, this includes Galit) here.

  • The virtual version of Taste Of Chicago is this week and lasts until Sunday. Taste Of Chicago To-Go starts July 8th beginning with a food truck procession in Grant Park and will include online cooking demonstrations, concerts, and more.

  • Superkhana is reopening by debuting a new takeout window this weekend. They’ve been closed since the shutdown, but now will be selling bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and drinks to-go.

  • The fourth location of Roots opened in the South Loop on Friday. It’s huge, with two patios and a retractable roof.

  • A new restaurant has opened in the West Loop. It’s named PB&J, which stands for pizza, beer, and jukebox - all of which you’ll find here. But it also serves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, including a $350 over-the-top version made with ingredients like rare honey and gold leaf. The large space has garage-style windows and a retractable roof.

  • Uncooked is another new spot in the West Loop, and as the name would suggest specializes in raw food. It’s grab-and-go, and you’ll find dishes like matcha chia pudding, cacio e pepe made with kelp noodles, and radish ravioli with kale pesto.

  • Andersonville also has a brand new restaurant. Fiya is a Middle Eastern restaurant with a large outdoor patio, and a menu full of hummus and wood-fired dishes like chicken or roasted sweet potato.

  • Speaking of Andersonville, on June 10th Mexican restaurant Octavio will reopen as The Bird Cage. It’s an LGBTQ+ safe space with drinks, food, and events like drag and burlesque shows.

  • For the first time, Professor Pizza (a popular Chicago pizza pop-up with a cult following) is available to order on Tock. Pies are designed to bake at home and can be picked up and/or delivered Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Closings: Rickshaw Republic, Bite Cafe, Dirty Root, [Ocatand La Fontanella are permanently closed.

Week Of June 29th

  • On July 1st, Mundano is reopening for outdoor dining with a brand new 70 seat patio. They’re open for indoor dining too.

  • After a lot of delays, the The Nobu rooftop has finally opened in the West Loop. Along with a long list of sake and cocktails, they’re also serving Japanese small plates and sushi.

  • Luella’s Southern Kitchen has just launched Bayes Little Bakery, their carryout-only bakery based out of Luella’s. You’ll find treats like sweet potato pie and hummingbird cake, and everything needs to be preordered.

  • For the next six weeks, Alinea is taking over a rooftop space in the West Loop. This version is called “AIR,” and from July 1st to August 15th, they’re serving their $285-$315 tasting menu outdoors.

  • Starting on Friday The Darling is opening their brand new outdoor patio “The Rose Garden”. Reservations available through Tock.

  • Ada Street is providing concessions for the Davis Theater’s new summer drive-in movie series. Get tickets here.

  • Closings: Blackbird, Bad Hunter, and [Cafe Cancale][https://theinfatuation.com/chicago/reviews/cafe-cancale) are permanently closed.

week of june 22nd

  • Today all restaurants in Chicago are allowed to reopen for indoor dining only under phase IV protocol. If you want to know what that means, check out our FAQ.

  • Cindy’s has finally reopened. This rooftop bar and restaurant on top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has been closed since the shutdown began but is now available for outdoor drinks and light bites.

  • Funkenhausen has reopened for outdoor dining. And after months of being closed, they’re offering carryout and to-go cocktails, too.

  • The city is allowing five more neighborhoods to expand their outdoor dining areas - Restaurant Row in the West Loop, Balmoral Avenue on both sides of Clark Street in Andersonville, Chinatown Square at Archer Avenue between Wentworth and Princeton avenues in Chinatown, Oliphant Avenue from Northwest Highway to an alley just north of the Northwest Highway in Edison Park, and sidewalk dining on 75th Street between Indiana and Calumet avenues in Chatham.

  • Boleo, the South American rooftop bar on top of the Kimpton in the Loop has reopened for outdoor dining. Carryout and delivery for cocktails and small plates are available, too.

  • Gaijin has a few things going on. They have a brand new patio that’s open for outdoor dining, along with a walk-up window where you can grab treats and cocktails. Plus, they’ll be reopening for indoor dining on Friday as well.

  • Parachute and Wherewithall are closing temporarily until August 1st.

  • Closings: The Marina location of Yolk and Clever Rabbit have permanently closed.

Week Of June 15th

  • On June 26th, all restaurants in Chicago are allowed to reopen for indoor dining only under phase IV protocol. The city hasn’t released those guidelines yet, but we’re going to keep you updated on what we know so far. And if you want to know about Outdoor Dining under the Phase III protocols, check out our FAQ.

  • For the first time ever Girl & The Goat is offering carryout, and they just opened their patio for outdoor dining. Reservations required.

  • Sushi-san is doing an omakase pop-up at RPM Events from 6/18 - 6/20 for $98 per person.

  • Sunda has been closed since the shutdown but is now reopened. They’re offering outdoor dining on their patio along with carryout and delivery.

  • Duck Duck Goat has reopened for outdoor dining. They’re serving a pre-paid prix fixe menu for $35 per person, and you can choose between a vegetarian or a meat option.

  • The cute side patio at Mi Tocaya is now available for outdoor dining, and they’ll still be offering carryout and cocktails to-go.

  • Swift & Sons is now offering outdoor dining. Reservations required.

  • The rooftop at La Josie is open for outdoor dining and drinking.

  • Table Donkey And Stick has reopened its patio for outdoor dining.

  • La Storia has opened their courtyard and patio for outdoor dining, and they started serving weekend brunch, with bottomless mimosas.

  • Band Of Bohemia has started offering picnic packs that include a grain salad, bread and butter, housemade pickles, crudite, seasonal fruits, olives, and things like duck or poached salmon.

  • A number of Black-owned restaurants will be celebrating Juneteenth by offering specials priced at $6.19. You can find the list of restaurants organized by Black People Eats here.

  • Carnivale is now open for carryout and delivery, and outdoor dining.

  • Starting Wed the 17th, bars that don’t serve food can reopen for outdoor drinking. They have to follow the same Phase 3 Guidelines as restaurants, which you can read about in our FAQ.

  • On Tuesdays, Bavette’s now offers a carryout and delivery special. You get a burger, fries, and beer for $19.95.

  • Closings: Hot G Dog, Two Lights Seafood And Oyster, and Davanti Enoteca have all permanently closed.

Week Of June 7

  • On Saturday, June 13th Cabra is reopening the rooftop for both patio and poolside dining. It’s serving a prix-fixe menu, and you need to pay a $50 deposit if you want to eat by the pool.

  • Monteverde is also opening its patio for outdoor dining on Saturday, June 13th. Carryout and Delivery will still be available.

  • From 6/12-6/14 and 6/19-6/21 street closures on Broadway in Lakeview will allow over 30 restaurants to offer outdoor dining. Click here for the list of spots participating.

  • Doughnut Vault is now offering pickup. And since they have some of the best doughnuts in the city, this is very good news.

  • Chef’s Special in Wicker Park has reopened for takeout, and from June 11th to June 16th is donating 100% off all proceeds to support the work of 360-Nation and [Family Matters](https://www.familymatterschicago.org/ in Rogers Park.

  • The Lincoln Park location of Sweet Mandy B’s has reopened for carryout and delivery.

  • HaiSous has reopened for carryout, with delivery being offered in a few weeks. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.

  • Pauli Gee’s has reopened, and their delicious pizza is available for carryout and delivery.

  • Beatnik is now offering food for carryout. They also opened their front room for partial-indoor dining.

  • Good Measure is offering 50% off for all carryout orders, and has a little patio area for you to sit outside.

  • Momotaro now has an online market, where you can order things like wagyu or lamb chops to cook at home.

  • Spinning J’s is now allowing you to stop by the restaurant and order treats like milkshakes and pie at the door for takeout. Online ordering is still available, but they are no longer offering delivery.

  • The Bridgeport location of Antique Taco has reopened, and is debuting a takeout window. You can also sit outside on their patio.

  • Virtue has reopened for both outdoor dining, and carryout.

  • Closings: 25 Degrees and Fahlstrom’s Fish Market have closed permanently.

Week Of June 1

  • Chicago restaurants officially re-opened for outdoor dining. Here’s what we know about eating in Chicago restaurants right now. Look for a full list of restaurants re-opened for outdoor dining next week.

  • Recess (formally named City Hall) reopened, with the largest patio in the city. And yes, they are open for outdoor dining (reservations accepted).

  • Band Of Bohemia just started offering carryout. You can choose from several “picnic packs” as well as pick up growlers to-go. They’re also hosting the Green City Market Wed-Thu from 4pm-6pm.

  • Cebu recently started offering brunch again, available for carryout and delivery Fri-Sun 11am-3pm. They also just opened their back patio for outdoor dining.

  • Dolo in Chinatown is now offering its full dim sum menu for pickup and delivery.

week of may 25

  • Chicago restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining on Wed 6/3. You can find the guidelines listed here.

  • Starting this weekend, Etta in Wicker Park will open as a market on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am-4pm. They’re selling prepared foods, pastries, and pantry items (including jars of their giardiniera).

  • The Dawson is also becoming a weekend market. You’ll find baked goods, grill kits, wine, and more

  • Gilt Bar is now open for carryout.

  • Schwa just started offering a brand new, 6-course, DIY menu for $72 per person.

  • After being closed since March, Mundano is now taking pre-orders for meal kits and a picnic spread for two. They’re also using their restaurant space as a pickup location for local farms selling fresh produce.

  • Ema in River North has recently reopened for curbside pick-up and delivery. And there’s now a walk-up window where you can get frozen Greek yogurt to go.

  • Athenian Room just reopened for carryout. Call 773-348-5155 to order.

  • Lula Cafe is now available for takeout. You can order a daily brunch box (which includes an entree, salad, and pastry) or a three-course seasonal dinner.

  • Bang Bang Pie recently started offering pies, biscuits, take-and-bake options, breakfast meal kits, and some pantry items for carryout.

  • Sepia just started offering family meals for carryout, available Wed-Sat from 2-7pm. The menu changes weekly (right now it’s garlic focaccia, a tomato salad, lasagna, roast broccoli, and tiramisu), and costs $32.50.

  • Closings: Chicago Clipper has closed permanently

Week Of May 18th

  • The governor just announced that Illinois restaurants are allowed to reopen for outdoor dining under Phase III, which is scheduled to begin on 5/29.

  • Lillie’s Q Bucktown location permanently closed in March, but reopened this week inside District Brew Yards. You can get BBQ by the half-pound (like ribs, brisket, and pimento cheese sausage), snacks like fried pickles, and sides.

  • This week, Saigon Sisters and Demera started a collaboration. Customers can pick up special Ethiopian meals from Demera at Saigon Sisters in the West Loop, and you can get select Vietnamese dishes from Saigon Sisters at Demera in Uptown.

  • Big City Chicken is popping up in Streeterville Mon-Fri. You can get fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, and a family meal that includes either a 10-piece bone-in chicken or 20-piece tenders, waffle fries, mac n’ cheese, and coleslaw.

  • Ramen-San in Fulton Market is now offering carryout through their new storefront window. Besides ramen, you can get dishes like Thai beef noodle salad or fried rice, along with pints of housemade matcha-Oreo ice cream and root beer floats.

  • After being closed for over two months, Cafe Cancale reopened for carryout and delivery. This seafood-focused French spot now has family-style meals and meal kits (like mussels, an oyster shucking kit, and flounder e papillote) along with a virtual market with fresh vegetables, bread, cheese, and some pantry staples.

  • Doves Luncheonette reopened and is now offering carryout. You can order one of their classic dishes (like the chicken-fried chicken), or meal kits like biscuits and gravy or the burnt ends hash to make at home.

  • Good Measure just started offering carryout and delivery for signature dishes (including their fantastic burger) along with some specialty items (like their housemade aioli) and pantry staples.

  • Closings: Mable’s Table, and the Chicago location of Ditka’s have closed permanently

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