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  • Dine Out West Lakeview

    Developed in response to COVID-19, Dine Out West Lakeview will reclaim side streets and private spaces along the Southport Corridor and Lincoln Avenue to create outdoor dining rooms that will be shared by multiple restaurants, similar to a food hall. The program will allow diners to enjoy food and alcoholic beverages from local restaurants in open air settings, while providing restaurants with much-needed space to expand their outdoor capacity according to the latest public health guidance. The seating areas will accommodate approximately 30 tables per location. Diners will be able to purchase meals from individual restaurants for carryout and take them to a nearby Dine Out location, where they can enjoy al fresco dining complete with charming décor and occasional entertainment. The start date of this program will be announced soon, pending approval of the necessary permits with the City of Chicago.

    Concept designed by the amazing team at PORT Urbanism.

    Proposed Locations

    Dine Out spaces are expected to be open to the public Friday evenings for dinner and all day Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Spaces under consideration for the Dine Out program include: 

    • W. Grace St., West of Southport Ave. to the nearest alley 
    • W. Cornelia Ave., East of Southport Ave. to the nearest alley 
    • W. Henderson St., West of Southport Ave. to the nearest alley 
    • W. Wellington Ave., West of Lincoln Ave. to the nearest alley 
    • N. Paulina St., South of Roscoe St. to the nearest alley 

  • Support Dine Out West Lakeview Support Dine Out West Lakeview

    Help make Dine Out West Lakeview happen! Friends of Lakeview is raising funds to help cover the cost of producing the program. Donations will be used to hire staff to maintain and clean Dine Out spaces and cover the cost of equipment like tables and chairs as well as sanitation supplies. Limited corporate sponsorships are also available. Please email carisa@lakeviewchamber.com for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

     

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is behind Dine Out? Who is behind Dine Out?

    Dine Out West Lakeview is organized by Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27. Friends of Lakeview is responsible for many of the community programs that residents and visitors of Lakeview enjoy year after year, including Taco Fest and the Low-Line Market. We have demonstrated success hosting small- and large-scale community programming and will organize all aspects of the Dine Out program, including building community support and mitigating local impacts, determining the location and frequency of these initiatives, partnering with local restaurants to participate, ensuring strict sanitation measures are in place, and setting up/tearing down equipment (barricades, tables, etc.).

    The design approach for Dine Out West Lakeview was developed in consultation with the amazing team at PORT Urbanism, a Philadelphia and Chicago-based design consultancy comprised of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners. Formally established in late 2012 by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell, PORT’s mandate as a practice is to imagine, design and implement strategies and spaces that serve to equitably and creatively enhance the public realms and built environments of the cities and landscapes in which they have the opportunity to work.

    How will it work? How will it work?

    Dine Out West Lakeview will utilize the City of Chicago’s new Expanded Outdoor Dining permit to reclaim side streets and private spaces in West Lakeview to create outdoor dining rooms that will be shared by multiple restaurants, similar to a food hall. The program will allow diners to enjoy food and alcoholic beverages from local restaurants in open air settings, while providing restaurants with much-needed space to expand their outdoor capacity according to the latest public health guidance. The seating areas will accommodate approximately 30 tables per location. Diners will be able to purchase meals from individual restaurants for carryout and take them to a nearby Dine Out location, where they can enjoy al fresco dining complete with charming décor and occasional entertainment

    Why is expanded outdoor dining necessary? Why is expanded outdoor dining necessary?

    Lakeview restaurants have seen a dramatic impact from restrictions put in place to help fight the spread of COVID-19, with businesses reporting an average decline in revenues of more than 80% in April. Under the City of Chicago's Phase 3 reopening guidance, restaurants are permitted to open for outdoor dining only, which places many restaurants at a disadvantage because they either do not have outdoor dining capabilities or their outdoor dining capacity has been severely limited based on social distancing requirements. This also impacts diners, who face long wait times or are getting turned away at local restaurants. Dine Out West Lakeview will provide much-needed outdoor space allowing restaurants to expand capacities, with the potential for restaurants to rehire furloughed employees to fulfill additional orders. Without creative options like Dine Out, many restaurants might not survive.

    How will Dine Out impact traffic in the area? How will Dine Out impact traffic in the area?

    Friends of Lakeview has proposed periodically closing the public streets listed below to facilitate outdoor dining through Dine Out West Lakeview. Street closures would begin roughly every Friday at 4 PM through Sunday at 10 PM on these designated streets. These streets were chosen specifically because they are located in closest proximity to a higher concentration of nearby restaurants, and based on the need to minimize impacts on the greatest number of residents and businesses. For this reason, we are not proposing closing major streets at this time and have specifically chosen locations that will not impede ingress into our residential areas.

    • W. Grace St., West of Southport Ave. to the alley
    • W. Cornelia Ave., East of Southport Ave. to the alley
    • W. Henderson St., West of Southport Ave. to the alley
    • W. Wellington Ave., West of Lincoln Ave. to the alley
    • N. Paulina St., South of Roscoe St. to the alley

    Friends of Lakeview is also reaching out to local businesses to identify private space that could become part of the Dine Out program.

    We understand that there will still be an impact to the community, but we hope that community members will recognize the need for creative solutions to help our local restaurants while creating safer settings for restaurant patrons. Many restaurants might not be able to survive under the limited capacity options provided in Phase 3 and will require additional options for safely expanding their capacity. We’ll work closely with local resident groups and businesses to plan for and mitigate impacts, and we’ll incorporate all feedback into our plans as they are finalized.

    What steps are being taken to assure that Dine Out is safe? What steps are being taken to assure that Dine Out is safe?

    The health and safety of customers is most important. Dine Out West Lakeview was developed based on the City of Chicago's Phase 3 reopening guidance, which allows outdoor dining with tables spaced a minimum of 6 ft. apart with no more than six people per table. Each Dine Out seating area will have one point of entry and space for a queue followed by a central path that moves through the seating area to ensure that people don't gather. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry and diners will only be allowed access if they are wearing a mask. Tables will be limited to parties of six people or fewer, and all tables will be positioned at least 6 ft. from each other. As a consideration for other diners and to maximize the positive impact for restaurants, we'll ask that parties remain conscious of time and spend approximately one hour or less in a Dine Out seating area. The table and chair surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned between each seating by trained staff using disinfectants.

    When will Dine Out launch? When will Dine Out launch?

    We submitted permit applications to the City of Chicago in early June and are awaiting final approvals. We are excited to bring Dine Out to West Lakeview and are ready to launch as soon as we can.

    How can I support Dine Out? How can I support Dine Out?

    Friends of Lakeview invites community members to make donations to Dine Out West Lakeview above. Donations will be used to hire staff to maintain and clean Dine Out spaces and cover the cost of equipment like tables and chairs as well as sanitation supplies. Dine Out will provide much-needed outdoor space allowing restaurants to expand capacities, with the potential for restaurants to rehire furloughed employees to fulfill additional orders. The program will also provide safe, clean spaces for diners like you to support your favorite neighborhood eateries while ensuring they can thrive this summer and beyond.

    Limited corporate sponsorships are also available. Please email carisa@lakeviewchamber.com for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

    How can I support Lakeview retailers too? How can I support Lakeview retailers too?

    Our Love Local, Love Lakeview marketing campaign highlights the importance of supporting all neighborhood businesses, including retailers. Additionally, we are working on a Shop Out West Lakeview program that will create additional outdoor space for local retailers to offer sidewalk sales or pop-up retail markets. More information on our Shop Out program will be available soon.

    How can I volunteer? How can I volunteer?

    Sign up here to volunteer. One of our team members will get back to you shortly to confirm your shift times and answer any questions you may have.

    Have other questions or want to get involved? Have other questions or want to get involved?

    Email us at info@lakeviewchamber.com.