Chicago is set to ease up on some of the restrictions they put on bars during the pandemic. Starting this Thursday, October 1st, the city will bump up their indoor capacity allowance for restaurants from 25% to 40%. Bars will now be able to serve customers indoors at a 25% capacity. Neither may serve more than 50 people at a time.
This doesn’t mean a return to normalcy for your bar experience: customers will be expected to stay seated at their tables and not order at the bar. But, customers will be able to order drinks all the way through 1AM and bars and restaurants will be able to stay open to 1:30AM. This is a welcome change to many as the season changes and outdoor temps begin to drop.