13 Chicago restaurants reopen for indoor dining this weekend


Chicago restaurants are officially opening their doors for indoor dining starting this Friday, June 26, and we couldn’t be more excited! With Illinois officially in Stage 4 recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, gatherings of 50 people or less are permitted, meaning restaurants across the city will slowly reopen their indoor spaces for dining at limited capacity and with new health guidelines instituted to keep customers safe and staff. With good news aplenty, here’s a list of Chicago restaurants opening this weekend and beyond.

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108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Voted Chicago’s Best Mexican Restaurant, Mercadito is widely known for its authentic Mexican cuisine as well as its premium tequila and mezcal-based specialty cocktails. Although the menu continues to be limited, don’t think the quality of the food will be limited as well. Patrons Dining inside or on the patio at this Chicago restaurant can always expect to be blown away by its award-winning tacos and signature guacamole.

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180 N Field Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60601

Located in Lakeshore East, III Forks Prime Steakhouse will open its dining room in addition to opening seating on its rooftop lounge. As things stand, transport and delivery will continue as normal. For those who want to upgrade their dinner, we recommend getting the Chicken Fried Lobster, an off-menu treat that is often available upon request.

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2301 W. Roscoe Street, Chicago, IL 60618

This French-Mediterranean restaurant in the village of Roscoe opens up its dining room for seating and offers space on its sidewalk cafe. Le Sud is open almost every day of the week and throughout the weekend. If you are looking for some of the most refreshing flavors of the South of France, Le Sud is for you.

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5101 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

Bar Roma is now taking reservations for its patio, tavern and main dining room. This Andersonville Italian restaurant currently only offers a 3-course menu for $34 (with a la carte options available for purchase) which includes antipasti, pasta dishes and dessert. A real bargain for an incredible offer!

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5657 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660

If you are looking for the best restaurants to visit in Andersonville from Chicago, Oda Mediterranean Cuisine also welcomes customers for indoor dining in addition to offering seating on their sidewalk cafe. Window seats are also available in the tavern area. Although reservations are not required, they are certainly encouraged. With specialties of Turkish and Georgian dishes, Oda offers a wonderful entry into the world of Mediterranean cuisine.

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145 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602

The Lawless sisters, Clodagh and Amy Lawless, are pleased to announce that in their 4th anniversary month, The Dearborn will be reopening their tavern doors to serve classic and imaginative Irish fare to the residents of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood and anyone else who s venture their way. With options like Steak Tartare & Bone Marrow and Oxtail Mac and Cheese, Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri is ready to delight our tongues.

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1935 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park is getting a new restaurant starting July 1 with Mundano opening its patio and indoor dining area. Mundano offers diners what Executive Chef Ross Henke calls “New American Cuisine.” Options include things like savory churros that come adorned with manchego cheese and herbs, Dan Dan noodles with lamb chorizo, morita pepper and broccoli rabe, and Sungold tomatoes with nuoc cham Strawberry. For its grand opening, this Chicago restaurant will host a festive barbecue on its terrace on the 4th of July.

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1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Okay, so it’s technically in Evanston and not Chicago (hate, we’re ready for you!), but with their amazing burgers and absolutely Instagram-ready cheese platters, it would be a serious oversight not to have Found Kitchen + Social House on this list. Even the menu is currently limited and no brunch is offered, chef Debbie Gold is confident that in July more options will be available. Reservations here are strongly encouraged!

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1016 Back Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Yes, another restaurant in Evanston. But when you try Crab Spaghetti, you’ll also be quick to claim this chic, New American restaurant as one of Chicago’s best. With a gorgeous rustic vibe mixed with absolutely delicious steaks and cocktails, you’ll want to get your reservation here ASAP, especially since their indoor space is opening at 25% capacity.

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205 W Wacker Dr #100, Chicago, IL 60606

Starting Monday, July 6, the “Food Hall in the Middle of It All” will be open for online ordering, pick-up and limited indoor seating Monday through Friday. Firecakes will be open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fry the Coop and Tabo Sushi will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Grand Central Bar will be open for cocktails from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Customers are required to wear masks when not eating and to maintain a safe distance from other customers. They are also instructed to enter through the outer Wacker gate and exit onto Wells Street through the revolving doors.

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205 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

If you’re looking for the best new restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop, we recommend visiting PB&J to try the specialty. pizza and beer. (Pizza and beer! Not peanut butter!) Guests can expect to enjoy cold draft beer, Neapolitan pizzas and a state-of-the-art TouchTunes jukebox, all while having a few drinks at their pool table. Although you’ll have to wait until June 7 to dine here, you’ll want to keep this place on your radar as it promises great entertainment and great food.

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110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Visitors to the Hubbard Inn will be greeted with high tables on the first floor of the Sun Parlor, with floor-to-ceiling windows open to Hubbard Street. The second floor, Blue Violet, can also accommodate up to 50 people. Menu highlights include Kung Pao cauliflower, bacon flatbread, duck and truffle risotto cakes, and more! Reservations are highly recommended at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, opening this weekend.

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112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

A Chicago favorite, Joy District is adding a rooftop restaurant for the very first time in addition to opening Parlay, their first-floor sports lounge. Across the site, a limited menu of bites will be available, including Crispy Buttermilk Boneless Wings, the Joy Burger Special, Assorted Pizzas and more! But it wouldn’t be a great snippet of this Chicago restaurant without mentioning the drinks. Frozen margaritas, anyone?

Do you know of any other restaurants in Chicago that are opening their doors this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

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