Chicagoans can still find top-notch takeout and delivery all over town. | Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain

Local restaurants keep their to-go game strong to feed customers who feel safer dining at home

After nearly two years of trying to do business during a pandemic, Chicago chefs and restaurant owners haven’t quite accustomed themselves to the ever-changing regulations, supply shortages, and new virus variants, but they’ve learned to adapt. One of the greatest benefits for customers is that some of the city’s finest restaurants have stepped up their takeout game and it’s now possible for diners who are still wary of going out to eat to enjoy a first-class meal that is not fast food at their very own kitchen table on any random Thursday — and, in the process, support some of their favorite spots.

As of January 3, the city has mandated that those ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated and masked at public places indoors while not actively eating or drinking. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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