The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19.
Chicago has implemented temporary changes to the sidewalk cafe permit to make it easier and cheaper to acquire a permit as Chicago begins to cautiously reopen:
Through the BACP-issued sidewalk café permit, brick-and-mortar retail food establishments can extend onto the sidewalk directly in front of or adjacent to the establishment. Cafes are a pillar of Chicago’s food services industry and provide a great opportunity for business owners and customers to reopen safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Additional Guidance due to COVID-19 under Phase Three of the Protecting Chicago reopening framework:
How to apply:
During Phase Three of the Protecting Chicago reopening framework, restaurants, coffee shops and bars may reopen under restrictions for outdoor servuce only. In addition to sidewalk cafes, the following options are available for businesses: