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City Council Vote Makes Chicago’s Outdoor Dining Program Permanent

Chicago’s City Council on Wednesday City approved an ordinance introduced last week by Mayor Brandon Johnson to establish a long-term version of the Expanded Outdoor Dining program. The ordinance creates legal means for restaurants and bars to continue responsibly operating on the roadway immediately in front of or adjacent to their establishments.  

“With the passage of this ordinance, outdoor dining is here to stay in Chicago,” said Johnson. “Enabling restaurants and bars to offer outdoor dining in the warmer months is not only crucial to their bottom lines and ability to support more jobs, but it is also a practice that Chicagoans have come to expect and deeply appreciate.”  

The program approved by City Council establishes the Outdoor Dining Street Permit, which permits licensed establishments to expand their operations. The permits are valid from May 1 through October 31 on an annual basis.

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