Chicago restaurants are open for indoor dining

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As Chicago continues to reopen responsiblyrestaurants across the city have expanded their patio season to offer outdoor dining area all winter. And now restaurants are starting to welcome customers for indoor dining – with limited capacity and stringent safety standards.

Here’s what to know before you go: Chicago restaurants are open for indoor dining at 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 diners per room (whichever is lower), with a limit of six people per table. Only establishments that serve food are currently open for indoor seating. Customers must wear masks when not seated and dining.

Health and sanitation measures

Mandatory masks
Air filtration
Reduced capacity
Social distancing

Here is an overview in progress of restaurants in Chicago are now open for indoor dining.

The Signature Room: Located 95 stories above the Magnificent Mile, this upscale venue offers unforgettable views of the surrounding city and lake.

MingHin Kitchen: This longtime staple for authentic dim sum has opened a limited number of indoor restaurants at its locations in Chinatown, South Loop, Lakeshore East and Streeterville.

Port Fino Pizzeria: Enjoy wood-fired pizza, prosecco and river views at this River North oasis, now equipped with a cold plasma air filtration system.

Interior of the Portofino pizzeria
Photo by Hsing Chen

The lakeside restaurant: Housed in a historic Prairie-style venue, this waterfront restaurant offers stunning views whether you’re seated inside or outside.

BOKA: Indoor dining at BOKA begins January 30, with a multi-course tasting menu of timeless, seasonal cuisine.

Ba-Ba-Reeba Cafe: Order tapas and pitchers of sangria on the all-weather terrace or in the indoor dining room, now equipped with a new air filtration system.

Weather Mark Tavern: Watch football and take advantage of mimosa specials at this South Loop game-day staple.

3rd coast cafe: Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at this all-day cafe in Gold Coast. Brunch will be back soon.

Frontier: The grill is on at this meat-centric spot in West Town, open for outdoor and indoor dining.

SKY: The contemporary American restaurant in Pilsen has reopened for indoor dining, offering dinner and weekend brunch.

Interior of South Roscoe Village

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: In addition to heated outdoor seating, Gibsons now offers indoor dining. Their dining room has an upgraded air filtration and HVAC system, with frequent duct sanitization.

beatnik on the river: This boho paradise on the Chicago River has opened up its patio and indoor space, both adorned with over-the-top decor.

Gemini: In Lincoln Park, Gemini is a neighborhood staple serving American fare on their patio and in their dining room.

Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern: This classic BBQ rib spot is now open for indoor dining. Call for reservations.

Truth Italian Restaurant: This Bronzeville gem is open again with indoor seating, serving breakfast and dinner.

The Daddy of Smoke: Enjoy free live music on weekends at Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park, while enjoying pulled pork, smoked meat platters, and more.

ERIS Brewery & Cider House: Take a seat in ERIS’s spacious dining room, located in a historic building in Irving Park.

Virtue Restaurant & Bar: Warm up with hearty Southern fare and a friendly atmosphere at this Hyde Park staple, which now offers indoor seating.

the publican: In the West Loop, The Publican dining room is open. Reservations require a non-refundable deposit which will be applied to your bill.

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Frontera grill: This iconic Rick Bayless spot will serve creative Mexican dishes and tequila drinks at its River North restaurant.

Carnival: The sprawling Carnivale will once again welcome guests to dine indoors in their colorful dining rooms from February 3.

brass heart: In Uptown, upscale restaurant Brass Heart opens its dining room and launches a new seasonal tasting menu at $155 per person.

Geja’s Coffee: Indoor dining will resume on January 28 at this famous fondue spot, now even more intimate with limited tables and reconfigured to accommodate social distancing.

Franco’s Ristorante: This favorite Bridgeport restaurant welcomes guests to their indoor dining room, where you can order gnocchi, pasta, meatballs and more.

Tapas Valencia: The dining room at this South Loop establishment includes socially distanced tables, all eight feet apart, and an air purification system.

South: The Franco-Mediterranean gem of Roscoe Village has reopened its charming dining room, in addition to its ornate outdoor domes.

tanta: Enjoy ceviche and pisco sour dishes on the heated rooftop or inside this Peruvian restaurant in River North.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar: The dining room is open to diners in the Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, with HEPA air remediation. Enjoy oysters, caviar and their chef’s summer menu.

Old Pueblo Canteen: Enjoy Mexican classics at Old Pueblo Cantina, now open for indoor dining in Lincoln Park.

Momotaro: Order creative Japanese dishes at Momotaro or pop down to Izakaya for small bites and a full-service bar.

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