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  • Dine Out West Lakeview

    Now Open Fridays - Sundays through August 9, 2020!

    Developed in response to COVID-19, Dine Out West Lakeview reclaims side streets along the Southport Corridor and Lincoln Avenue to create an outdoor dining experience, 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. The seating areas will accommodate approximately 30 tables per location. Diners will be able to purchase meals for carryout from individual restaurants and take them to a nearby Dine Out location, where they can enjoy al fresco dining and drink service.

    Concept designed by the amazing team at PORT Urbanism.

    Open Locations

    The below Dine Out locations are now open to the public. More Dine Out locations may be announced in the coming weeks.

    • Cornelia & Southport (W. Cornelia Ave., East of Southport Ave. to the nearest alley)
      • Fridays: 6pm - 10pm
      • Saturdays: 6pm - 10pm
      • Sundays: 5pm - 9pm 
    • Paulina & Lincoln (N. Paulina St., South of Roscoe St to Henderson)
      • Fridays: 6pm - 10pm
      • Saturdays: 6pm - 10pm
      • Sundays: 5pm - 9pm 

  • How It Works

    1. Order Takeout

    Click here to view a list of local restaurant partners.

    2. Grab a Seat

    Bring your food to one of our Dine Out seating areas. We'll have host staff on hand to assign you to a table. Note: If there's a wait, you may wish to add your name to the wait list prior to ordering food by checking in with host staff first. Track your progress online so you know when to place your takeout order, and receive a text message once your table is ready.

    3. Eat, Drink and Enjoy

    Enjoy a meal while connecting with neighbors and friends at this unique outdoor dining experience. Servers from local restaurants will come to your table to take your drink order if you would like alcoholic beverages. BYOB is not allowed.

    Before you leave, we suggest making a $10 donation to support Dine Out West Lakeview! You can text "LAKEVIEW" to 443-21 or donate on this page below. We really appreciate your donation!


  • 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.

     
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  • Dine Out Guidelines Dine Out Guidelines

    • Dine Out is meant to support Lakeview restaurants. You must bring takeout food from one of our local restaurant partners to use a table.
    • Servers will be on hand from select restaurants to take orders for alcoholic beverages. You may NOT bring in alcoholic beverages - no BYOB.
    • To allow as many community members as possible to enjoy Dine Out, diners are asked to spend no more than one hour at a table.
    • Public health is our top priority. Masks are required at all times except while diners are seated at table, and congregating will not be allowed.
    • There is a limit of four diners per table at Paulina and six diners per table at Cornelia. Please do not move tables or chairs in Dine Out seating areas.

  • 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 along the Southport Corridor and Lincoln Avenue to create an outdoor dining experience, 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. The seating areas will accommodate approximately 30 tables per location. Diners will be able to purchase meals for carryout from individual restaurants and take them to a nearby Dine Out location, where they can enjoy al fresco dining and drink service.

    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 reopening guidance, restaurants are permitted to open for outdoor dining only with indoor capacities limited to 25%, 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?

    See below for the street closure days and times.

    • W. Cornelia Ave., East of Southport Ave. to the alley - CLOSED 3 PM on Friday through 10 PM on Sunday
    • N. Paulina St., South of Roscoe St to Henderson - CLOSED 4 PM on Friday through 10 PM on Sunday

    We understand that there will 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 4 and will require additional options for safely expanding their capacity. We are working closely with local resident groups and businesses to plan for and mitigate impacts, and have incorporated feedback into our plans.

    Additionally, Friends of Lakeview may open Dine Out West Lakeview in the below locations in the coming weeks. These streets, along with the Cornelia and Paulina locations, 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. We may propose additional street closures in the future.

    • W. Henderson St., West of Southport Ave. to the alley
    • W. Wellington Ave, West of Southport Ave. to the alley

    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 4 reopening guidance, which allows outdoor dining with tables spaced a minimum of 6 ft. apart with no more than six people per table. Below are some of the steps we're taking to ensure that Dine Out seating areas are safe:

    • 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.
    • We will also use NextMe, a text service waitlist app, to avoid the chance of congregating as guests wait for their tables.

    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 are 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 provides much-needed outdoor space allowing restaurants to expand capacities, with the potential for restaurants to rehire furloughed employees to fulfill additional orders. The program also provides 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.

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