Hello all - my sister and i have tix to go to Chicago 9/15 - 9/19. I’m still on the fence about canceling for obvious reasons. We’re both vaccinated. Mostly afraid to be on a plane/in the airport. We plan to ONLY eat outdoors, not go to any music venues (sob!), no crowded areas, double-masking on plane/at airport, etc. We hope to visit the Art Institute as I feel that because it’s so spacious with tall ceilings, we’d be ok(?), and an architectural river tour because it’s outside, but hoping they’re not letting as many people on those to socially distance. I’d love to visit art galleries too, but that will depend on how crowded they get.
So, all that said, I’d love some recs for restaurants with outdoor seating. On my last trip with the BF, we did Sable, Topolobampo, Lou Malnati’s, Bavette and Boeuf, Al’s Beef, Purple Pig (which I loved, BF and I went twice), Yusho’s (terrible) and a couple other places I’m not remembering now.
We don’t need Mexican as we’re in California (San Francisco Bay Area). Anything else is good, high to low end (though I’m not sure what high end places are serving outdoors. No Alinea for us.) We only have probably about 9-10 meals total (we don’t usually eat bfast AND lunch, but we could.) I read that Blackbird closed (sad!) which is a bummer because i wanted to try that… Is The Publican still recommended? Hermosa? Porto? Soulé? Tzuco? (yeah i know it’s Mexican…) Smythe? Can you tell i’m looking at Eater 38? and yeah, I know that’s not always the best reference for a city’s must-eats, but i thought i’d ask. Gaijin? S.K.Y? Ming Hin? We love sushi, but how many sushi bars are doing outdoor seating?
we plan to walk around in different neighborhoods as our main entertainment since we want to be mostly outdoors. We’re staying at the Allerton, downtown.
If anyone thinks we should not even do this, please say so! i’m open to hearing both sides.