Indoor dining has returned to Chicago as the city welcomes the cold that comes with February. Still, many restaurant owners are sticking with takeout and outdoor service, and under these circumstances, it comes time to update the Eater Heatmap.
Restaurants continue to open during the pandemic, as many emphasize outdoor dining and takeout. Some have takeout windows for minimum interaction with customers. Other restaurants have made big changes, investing in garage doors, air filtration systems, and condensing menus to create safer environments for customers and workers.
Pivoting to carryout is, for many owners, essentially like opening a brand new restaurant.