About Chicago Alfresco
Chicago Alfresco is an integral part of Choose Chicago’s push for more neighborhood tourism and one pillar of the City’s broader initiative to open streets and create places for dining, public life, community, arts, culture, walking, and biking.
The Chicago Alfresco program was launched in 2021 in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation and generously supported by a $2.5 million grant from Diageo North America. Through this program, neighborhood organizations were asked to create active community spaces that promote outdoor dining, highlight community-focused placemaking, and support community identity.
Thanks to generous support from Diageo North America, the Choose Chicago Foundation awarded grants to 16 local community organizations for projects dedicated to creating outdoor public spaces, with 76% of funds being distributed to communities on the South and West Sides.