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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Acting Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection (BACP), Kenneth Meyer, Acting Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gia Biagi and Acting Commissioner Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) interim Erin Harkey will present an order to expand the expanded outdoor dining program. Under the proposal, the City would extend the innovative expanded outdoor dining program until the 2022 calendar year. The program was created to provide safe outdoor dining options and to support the food industry. catering to the city during the COVID-19 pandemic and has now become a unique way to boost outdoor dining all year round.

The expanded outdoor dining permit allows establishments holding valid alcohol permits for the establishment of retail food, tavern or on-site consumption – ancillary activity to temporarily extend their activities to public roads or to other private properties (i.e. parking lots and open spaces). The permit is valid for up to 180 days, as long as the restaurant follows all rules and guidelines. In 2021, 179 expanded outdoor dining permits were issued, representing 303 establishments, including 100 operating on private property across the city. To learn more about the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit and to apply, visit

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