As Chicago continues to responsibly reopen, restaurants across the city have expanded their patio season to offer outdoor dining all winter long. And now, restaurants are starting to welcome guests for indoor dining — with limited capacity and rigorous safety standards.

Here’s what to know before you go: Chicago restaurants are open for indoor dining at 50% capacity or 50 diners maximum per room (whichever is less), with a six person per table limit. Only establishments that serve food are currently open for indoor seating. Patrons must wear masks when not seated and dining.

Health and sanitation measures

Masks required
Air filtration
Reduced capacity
Social distancing

Here’s an ongoing roundup of restaurants in Chicago now open for indoor dining.

MingHin Cuisine: This long-time staple for authentic dim sum has opened limited indoor dining at their locations in Chinatown, South Loop, Lakeshore East, and Streeterville.

Pizzeria Portofino: Enjoy wood-fired pizza, prosecco, and river views at this River North oasis, now retrofitted with cold plasma air filtration.

Pizzeria Portofino interior
Photo by Hsing Chen

The Lakefront Restaurant: Housed in a historic Prairie-style venue, this waterfront restaurants offers sweeping views whether you’re seated inside or outdoors.

BOKA: Indoor dining at BOKA begins Jan. 30, with a multi-course tasting menu of timeless and seasonal cuisine.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba: Order tapas and pitchers of sangria on the all-seasons patio or indoor dining room, now outfitted with a new air filtration system.

Weather Mark Tavern: Watch some football and enjoy mimosa specials inside this South Loop game day staple.

3rd Coast Cafe: Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this all-day cafe in Gold Coast. Brunch will be returning soon.

Frontier: The grill is fired up at this meat-centric spot in West Town, open for patio and indoor dining.

S.K.Y.: The contemporary American restaurant in Pilsen has reopened for indoor dining, offering dinner and weekend brunch.

Interior of Le Sud Roscoe Village

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: Along with heated outdoor seating, Gibsons now offers indoor dining. Their dining room features an upgraded air filtration and HVAC system, with frequent duct sanitation.

Beatnik on the River: This boho paradise on the Chicago River has opened their patio and indoor space, both adorned with over-the-top decor.

Gemini: In Lincoln Park, Gemini is a neighborhood staple serving American fare on their patio and in their dining room. 

Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern: This classic spot for barbecue ribs is now open for indoor dining. Call for reservations.

Truth Italian Restaurant: This Bronzeville gem is back open with indoor seating, serving breakfast and dinner.

The Smoke Daddy: Enjoy free live music on weekends at The Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park, while enjoying pulled pork, smoke meat platters, and more.

ERIS Brewery & Cider House: Grab a seat inside the spacious dining room at ERIS, housed inside a historic Irving Park building.

Virtue Restaurant & Bar: Warm up with hearty Southern fare and friendly vibes at this Hyde Park staple, which is now offering indoor seating.

The Publican: In the West Loop, The Publican dining room is open. Reservations require a non-refundable deposit that will be applied toward your bill.


Frontera Grill: This iconic Rick Bayless spot will be serving creative Mexican dishes and tequila drinks inside their River North location.

Carnivale: The expansive Carnivale will welcome back guests for indoor dining in their colorful dining rooms starting Feb. 3.

Brass Heart: In Uptown, the high-end Brass Heart is opening up their dining room and launching a new seasonal tasting menu at $155 a person.

Geja’s Café: Indoor dining will resume Jan. 28 at this famous fondue spot, now even more intimate with limited, reconfigured tables to accommodate social distancing. 

Franco’s Ristorante: This Bridgeport favorite is seating guests in their indoor dining space, where you can order homemade gnocchi, pasta, meatballs, and more.

Tapas Valencia: The dining room at this South Loop establishment features socially distant tables, all eight feet apart, and an air purification system.

Le Sud: The French-Mediterranean gem in Roscoe Village has reopened their charming dining room, in addition to their decorated outdoor dining domes.

Tanta: Enjoy ceviche and pisco sours fare on the heated rooftop or indoors at this Peruvian restaurant in River North.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar: The dining room is open to diners at Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, with HEPA air sanitation. Enjoy oysters, caviar, and their summer chef’s menu.

Old Pueblo Cantina: Enjoy Mexican classics at Old Pueblo Cantina, now open for indoor dining in Lincoln Park. 

Momotaro: Order creative Japanese fare at Momotaro, or head downstairs to the Izakaya for small bites and a full service bar.

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