Newly released information from Chicago Dept. Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
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A Message from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

In order to support our hospitality members during this Illinois statewide closure of all bars and restaurants we want to provide you with the latest information provided by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs Consumer Protection.

This is a rapidly evolving situation so this document and this BACP Resources page will be updated regularly with new guidance and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 impacts on the food industry. 

What you need to know:

WHAT TIME IS END-OF-BUSINESS ON MONDAY FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS? The mandated closure goes into effect at 9:00pm tonight, Monday, March 16, 2020.

ARE PATRONS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RESTAURANT TO PICK-UP FOOD AND/OR ORDER AND THEN LEAVE? Residents will be permitted to enter a restaurant to order food and then immediately leave upon receiving the food. Restaurant and bar owners are responsible to ensure social distancing policies are in place and that people do not congregate inside or outside. Sidewalk cafes must be closed.


  • Are movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues covered by the closure?
    • The statewide closure applies to all restaurants or services that provide on-site consumption of food or beverages, including concession stands.
  • Can food trucks still operate?
    • Yes, the statewide closure does not apply to City-licensed food trucks or mobile food vehicles. However, the Chicago Department of Public Health guidance on social distancing should be maintained and lines should not be permitted.
  • Can residents still go to coffee shops or cafes?
    • Coffee shops and cafes are considered restaurants. There should be no onsite consumption of food or beverages at coffee shops or cafes. Delivery, drive-thru or carry-out will be permitted.
  • Can residents still go to grocery stores or bakeries?
    • Bakeries and grocery stores can allow customers to enter and buy food to go. No onsite consumption of food or beverage is permitted.
  • How about cafes, coffee bars, ice cream counters and other establishments that are operating within grocery stores?
    • These locations are considered restaurants as they serve on-site consumption of food or beverages. Food can only be sold to-go and for carry-out at these locations.

CAN BARS AND RESTAURANTS CONTINUE WITH PRIVATE EVENTS? All private events taking place at bars or restaurants are required to be postponed or cancelled as a result of the statewide mandate.

WILL CATERING STILL BE PERMITTED? Restaurants with valid catering licenses can provide food for delivery or customer pick up.

ARE AIRPORT CONCESSIONS INCLUDED IN THE BAN? In order to ensure the availability of food for travelers, food concessions at O’Hare and Midway Airport are exempt from the ban. However, the Chicago Department of Aviation is taking steps to ensure social distancing policies are in place at our airports to protect the health and safety of Chicago residents and visitors.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page

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