Until now the West Loop street was only closed off on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
Good news Chicagoans, It looks like you’re going to be able to dine at your favorite Randolph Street spots all week long now! Starting Friday, July 17, the city will have Randolph Street and the surrounding service streets closed for outdoor service all week long.
Randolph Street was one of the first streets to be closed of on weekends as part of the city’s “Make Way” Program along Taylor Street and Rush Street. Now, officials are closing the popular street down all week long for outdoor dining. So, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the awesome spots the Randolph St. area has to offer (like The Darling and its amazing little greenhouses) for some relaxing al-fresco evenings!
Earlier in June, city officials began closing off streets across Chicago during the weekends for outdoor dining. Broadview Street was the first one to be reserved for outdoor dining followed swiftly by Randolph Street and Taylor Street among others. Following the program’s initial success city officials decided to close off several other streets later in the month bringing neighborhoods like Andersonville, Chinatown, Little Italy and Edison Park into the initiative.
“We are thrilled to be taking this exciting next step in Chicago’s outdoor dining program following the emphatic success of our initial three pilot streets,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “Our city’s small and local businesses make up the fabric of our beloved neighborhoods, as well as represent the backbone of our economy, and thanks to this program, many of them will be able to safely welcome more customers, bring employees back to work, and recover from the shock of the COVID-19 crisis.”
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