A running list of brand-new spots plus restaurants reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Indoor dining is back in Chicago, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Tuesday announcement that restaurants can now serve indoors at a 50 percent maximum capacity or 50 people per room. That’s spurred a slew of establishments to welcome customers back into dining rooms while requiring them to wear masks and keeping tables within six feet of each other.
That doesn’t mean restaurants are putting away the patio furniture. Though temperatures have been unusually balmy lately, tents with heaters remain on sidewalks and parking lots. However, some owners remain focused on takeout; they’re not ready to reopen their dining rooms.
The following are just some of the restaurants that have reopened their dining rooms, patios, and takeout windows. It will be updated periodically. For a list on available takeout and delivery options, go here.
Logan Square: Neighborhood regional Italian spot Testaccio reopened in late February with a new menu, according to a rep. Executive chef Jacob Soloman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Dusek’s) is featuring favorites like orecchiette di cacio e pepe alongside whole branzino and Moroccan chicken cooked in a wood-burning oven. Owner Aldo Zaninotto (Osteria Langhe) plans this spring to launch a bar, Soif Wine Lounge, and aims to introduce an Italian street food truck called Pizzica this summer. Testaccio, 2456 N. California Avenue, Order online via DoorDash, Open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday (brunch); 5 p.m. to 9 pm. Sunday (dinner).