Chicago Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining
9 June 2020
Last week, Chicago officially joined the rest of the state in its Phase 3 reopening plan. Translation? Restaurants with outdoor dining are officially open for business. Expect Chicago’s patio season to look different than usual, with reservations made ahead of time, menus and bills handled via smartphone, dining parties limited to six people and servers wearing masks. While many restaurants are still honing their approach, or waiting for streets to close, a few early bird Chicago restaurants are officially open for outdoor dining.
Uncommon Ground is a Chicago mainstay for local, sustainable, farm-to-table food. They have two locations, one in Lakeview and one in Edgewater, the latter of which is home to the first certified organic rooftop farm in the US. Best known for fresh food dished up alongside live, local music, it’s no surprise Uncommon Ground is a pioneer in Chicago’s outdoor dining scene during Phase 3. Tables are socially distanced and all staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and will be sanitizing surfaces before and after each dining party. Dining is contactless, so diners can pay and order on their phone — you can make a reservation with them on their website, here.
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
In Chicago’s lux Southport Corridor, Corridor Brewery & Provisions is a funky, warehouse-style space that pairs its seasonal brews with creative gastropub cooking. This brewpub is able to open its doors, providing ample dining space both indoors and outdoors while still following safety guidelines. Tables are socially distanced and all staff wear face masks and gloves. Seating is limited and Corridor Brewery isn’t currently taking reservations, so expect a potential wait!
Formerly known as City Hall, Recess is a cheeky Fulton Market spot that’s touted to have the largest patio in the city. It’s only natural then, that they’d be one of the first to open for outdoor dining during Phase 3. The 14,500-square-foot space, surrounded by a playful fort of shipping containers, is now available to seat 300 (down from their usual capacity of 600). A cutout of Lori Lightfoot greets diners at the host stand, and their bar-only menu includes a government-office inspired watercooler full of booze to self-serve. Reservations are available, but filling up fast.
Black Barrel Tavern
Swanky West Loop haunt Black Barrel Tavern features creative pub fare, brunch and craft cocktails. The tavern owner was able to put out twenty tables on the sidewalk to usher in the first day of outdoor dining in Chicago. For those that were missing those Sunday-morning Chicago brunches on a patio, Black Barrel Tavern is ready to meet all your needs, with an indulgent brunch menu served under careful socially distancing and safety guidelines.