Chicago’s New Expanded Outdoor Dining

July 31, 2020

Chicago’s New Expanded Outdoor Dining

In an effort to support Chicago’s restaurant scene while adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines, multiple streets in various Chicago neighborhoods have been converted to pedestrian-only to make room for socially-distanced, on-street restaurant dining. Working with the Illinois Restaurant Association and local chambers of commerce, Mayor Lightfoot announced that these “Café Streets” will be closed to thru traffic during certain days and hours. Chicago’s new expanded outdoor dining will allow for local establishments to place café tables on the street, as a boon to area restaurants that have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Open Streets

The Open Street districts are spread throughout the city and feature some of Chicago’s premier restaurants. These Café Streets are detailed below:

  • Andersonville – Balmoral Street on both sides of Clark – every day
  • Chinatown – Archer Avenue from Wentworth to Princeton – every day
  • Edison Park – Oliphant Avenue from Northwest Highway to the first alley – weekends
  • West Loop – Randolph Street from Kennedy Expressway to Elizabeth – weekends
  • Lakeview – Broadway from Belmont to Diversey – weekends
  • Lincoln Park – Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton to Wrightwood – weekends
  • Lower West Side – Oakley Street from 24th Street to 24th Place – weekends
  • Gold Coast – Rush Street from Oak to Cedar – weekends
  • Little Italy – Taylor Street from Loomis to Ashland – weekends

Your Parking Options on ParkChirp

The streets may be closed to vehicles, but rest assured: ParkChirp has you covered. We offer the cheapest parking options throughout the city. Check out our featured garages below where you can find the most affordable parking options near the café street:

As we work together to get back to doing the things that we love, ParkChirp is here to help you find affordable parking quickly and easily. Reserve the cheapest online parking in Chicago now!