Chicago’s hospitality industry continues to pick up the pieces and try to resume some semblance of normal activity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The increase in the number of cases, attributed in part to concentrations of unvaccinated people and the highly transmissible delta variant, has prompted city and state officials to re-establish a mask warrant in indoor public spaces – y including bars and restaurants.
Here are some of the restaurants that have reopened their dining rooms, patios and take-out display cases. It will be updated periodically.
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Albany Park: A Guatemalan restaurant has found a new home in Albany Park. Las Palmas, not to be confused with the former Mexican restaurant Wicker Park, has resumed operations, according to Block Club Chicago. The property has been planning a reopening for years. Las Palmas, 4959 N. Kedzie Avenue, open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays.
Logan Square: One of Chicago’s most influential cocktail bars is reopening for the first time since March 2020. The Whistler, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary, is slated to reopen next week. They hired a new bar manager, brought Alex Barbatsis to Logan Square in LA where he worked at RIvera LA, Good Housekeeping and LA Machine. Look for new drinks and more live music. Vaccines are compulsory. The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue, opening Wednesday, September 29; hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The loop: Urbanspace Washington is open near State and Lake, and the food hall includes 12 restaurants, a beer stand, and a bar. Urbanspace is a New York-based company with food halls in the Big Apple, and the list includes Stan’s Donuts, Budlong, and more. Urbanspace, 15. W. Washington, times not displayed.
Rogers Park: Closed since the end of March 2020, Common Cup, a coffeeshop and cafÃ© in Rogers Park reopens this weekend, according to an Instagram post. The cafe has been around for 14 years. Common Cup’s brother is Overflow Coffee at South Loop. Common Cup, 1501 N. Morse Avenue, times not displayed.
South Loop: After 17 months, Buddy Guy’s Legends is open again. The legendary concert hall, which has a bar and restaurant, opened in August with a surprise appearance from Buddy Guy himself, according to the Chronicle of Colombia. The owner told the newspaper that opening at the height of the pandemic would have been synonymous with financial disaster. The newspaper also quotes an associate professor of teaching in the department of English and creative writing by the name of Jim DeRogatis. Buddy Guy’s opened in 1989. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Avenue.
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