This summer requires social distancing and low-risk activities, but that does not mean that you cannot enjoy the very best that this city’s food scene has to offer. With the advent of open roads allowing for expanded outdoor dining in Chicago, this summer has become the summer of patio dining! This allows for a low-risk dining experience so you can still experience the very best of our booming food scene. To top it all off, you also get to experience fresh air, sunny weather, and fewer traffic sounds than usual while you kick back and enjoy.
It is helpful to call ahead or check the spot’s website to see if they are accepting walk-ins or are on reservation only. Many places change according to the date and time, and so keep yourself posted on any possible changes. Lastly, remember to maintain social distance and wear a mask while you’re out enjoying your beautiful city!
Here are some places that offer the very best of the Chicago dining scene:
For seriously sustainable eats, check out Broadway and Belmont
Grab a bite at the sustainably sourced Mexican restaurant Chilam Billam, fill up on lean greens at vegetarian restaurant Fancy Plants, or enjoy a refreshing, seasonally crafted brew at DryHop Brewers! Make sure you check the stores’ websites before you go. Some places require reservations past certain hours, so double-check ahead of time. These quirky spots are open on Broadway, between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway. This place is perfect for a relaxing, healthy, Saturday and is only a short walk to other stores nearby, so you can get your shopping done and grab a bite to eat right after!
Get awe-inspiring panoramic views at the Kennedy Rooftop
Located at the top of the new Hyatt Place in Wicker Park, this stunning rooftop reveals the picturesque Chicago skyline, comfortable seating, and a full menu. Drawing from many cultures, the menu ranges with Creole, Italian, American, Mediterranean, Mexican, and many more influences to create a warm and inviting environment for anyone. There is also a retractable awning to keep you dry, so this rooftop space is perfect in any weather! To make things even better, the Kennedy Rooftop boasts custom-made cocktails named after US Presidents. Grab an Abe Lincoln or an FDR and relax while looking out onto your vibrant city.
Feel like a kid at the playground in Recess
Considered the largest outdoor patio in Chicago, Recess can seat around 300 people while still adhering to social distancing mandates. This pet-friendly, massive space is located in West Loop, making it perfect for catching a sunset while enjoying good food, good drinks, and even better company. With crowd-favorite menu items such as their summer Watermelon Salad, their creative burger of the week, and even pizza (!) flavored potato chips, Recess is always trying something new and exciting. Pair your delicious meal with a drink from their eclectic cocktail menu or their varied beer selection, and you are ready to enjoy!
At PMI Chi-Town, we understand how to make the very best of Chicago’s beautiful spaces. We have experienced, enthusiastic property managers ready to help you get the best experience with your investment. It is never too early to reach out to us and talk about ways to make your property profitable for a long time. We are committed to our property owners and to our beautiful city, and we want to help you with all of your property management needs.