Chicago Outdoor Dining Guidelines Released


The City of Chicago has released new guidelines for fall and winter outdoor dining. With so many restaurants predicted to close, these guidelines may be lifelines to make it to phase 5. All restaurants and bars must have a sidewalk café permit, an outdoor patio license, or an expanded outdoor dining permit.

Structures must be weighted and secured to the ground, but restaurant owners are not allowed to drill into city-owned sidewalks. Tents and other temporary structures are allowed with restrictions, such as a required 50% air flow allowance.

Electric heaters are allowed if they are installed by a licensed contractor. Gas heaters are allowed in uncovered areas. Additional regulations about spacing and timed shut off’s apply to heating apparatuses.


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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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