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Chicago restaurants step into the breach on virus lockdown

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Chicago – view from closed Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park

The Coronavirus lockdown continues. Many courageous restaurateurs are continuing to offer service for pickup and/or delivery – and many of their brave employees are continuing to serve. We are grateful for these opportunities to continue partaking of delicious food despite the forced closures for dining out. And happy to report many restaurants and brewing companies and bars are offering alcohol to go in Chicago, per this list from Thrillist.

A new website has sprung up that focuses on aggregating the names of restaurants that are continuing to offer takeout and delivery options. It’s called Dining at a Distance, and here’s the link to Chicago’s collection. Always be sure to call to make sure your chosen restaurant is still offering these services.. Meanwhile, here are a few opportunities to continue partaking of delicious food despite the forced closures for dining out.

Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar is providing a more valuable food delivery and pick-up experience for customers by introducing “Doc B’s Stimulus Package” to help people earn 50% back on what they spend. All delivery or pick up purchases made between March 18-April 14 can be redeemed for a gift card worth 50% of people’s total purchases. All you have to do is save their receipts from a delivery platform or Doc B’s, and bring them to the restaurant (April 15-30) to receive the gift card. Delivery order for Doc B’s (River North ONLY – 55 E Grand Ave) can be made DocBsDelivery.com or on most major food delivery sites.

Roka Akor, steakhouse, sushi and seafood. announced that all locations have adjusted takeout/delivery options. Check out the new Family Packs for $24pp, adding ramen and Bao’s to the menu and adding ways to donate to the Employee Relief Fund. Here’s a link to the full menus for Chicago, Old Orchard and Oakbrook. They also have the Drink and Donate 20/20 Deal (With every bottle of wine or sake purchased you will receive 20% OFF and Roka Akor will DONATE $20 to our Employee Relief Fund).

Umai Aji-Ya is one of those spots still open for business. Umai Aji-Ya is an authentic Japanese restaurant featuring ramen and other Japanese dishes and appetizers. Located in the heart of Naperville, this new restaurant is remaining open during the current COVID-19 pandemic, delivering Japanese straight to your door. As of March 16th, Umai Aji-Ya is no longer offering dine-in options for customers in an effort to ensure safety in the midst of the current pandemic. Umai Aji-Ya is practicing social distancing and reassuring the community that they are making an effort to protect the patrons. Umai has also partnered with local businesses to offer free delivery, free kids meals, and 25% off for first responders and local medical personnel. As a way to limit contact, Umai Aji-Ya is no longer accepting cash and delivery drivers will be taking advanced safety and sanitary measures while making deliveries.

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Help for laid-off restaurant workers

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Sheltering at home with no income (Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

We are grateful to all those restaurant owners and employees who are continuing to make and distribute food for us all in this difficult time. Many thanks to all of you.

For the many restaurants that have not been able to remain open, help is on the way for their laid-off workers. It’s really great to see this kind of caring partnership in action.

In partnership with the @LEEInitiative, @chefedwardlee (610 Magnolia, The Mind of a Chef), One Off Hospitality (Big Star, The Publican, avec, The Violet Hour) and Chef-Partner Paul Kahan have announced that beginning on Tuesday, March 24th at 5pm, Big Star Wicker Park will transform into an ongoing headquarters for restaurant workers relief. With the help of @makersmark, the One Off team will prepare and pack hundreds of to-go dinners & grocery bags each night that will be offered to recently unemployed restaurant workers who are in dire need of food and supplies.

The Restaurant Workers Relief program will be offered seven nights a week throughout the quarantine period or for as long as supplies last. The LEE (Let’s Empower Employment) Initiative, works to bring more diversity and equality to the restaurant industry. All donations are welcome at www.leeinitiative.org and will help extend this service throughout the current public health crisis.

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Chicago restaurants pickup/delivery during Coronoavirus shutdown

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God bless the folks who are keeping our restaurants open for pickups and deliveries. Here are a few for your consideration – even one for you western ‘burbanites. Don’t forget to tip the staff and/or delivery person generously for staying on the job for us. Same for Instacart, UPS and FedEx. Thanks, people.

And by the way, as you may already have noticed, things are changing rapidly in this regard, so be sure to check with your chosen restaurant or delivery service to make sure they’re still doing it when you’re ready to place an order. If you want to see more, check the feeds at Twitter and Instagram.

Maggiano’s, 516 N. Clark. Family meals for pickup, delivery or via DoorDash. Choose from a variety of Maggiano’s classics, portioned for two people. Choose a salad, a pasta, and an entrée. Freshly baked ciabatta rolls and six Vera’s Lemon Cookies will accompany the meal. Please note Family Meal entrées do not include a side dish. Family Meal for Four, $60.00 – double the portions at only 50% more.

Cafe Spiaggia, Northwest Corner of Oak & Michigan. Offering curbside pickup available daily from 11a-8p. To pick up: Pull your vehicle to the Northwest Corner of Oak & Michigan under the 1000 Lake Shore Plaza Awning. Please call the restaurant at 312.280.2750 and let them know you have arrived. A team member will meet you at your car with your order.

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior. Offering curbside pickup available daily from 12 – 9p. For Pickup: Pull Your Vehicle in Front of Jake Melnick’s Located at 41 E. Superior St, with call the Restaurant at 312.266.0400 and let them know you have arrived. a team member will meet you at your car with your order. Delivery available via DoorDash and ChowNow.

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St. Offering Family Meals to serve 3-4 via delivery and curbside pickup daily 11a – 8p. To place your order, use DoorDash or call us directly at (312) 822-0100. Delivery is also available via DoorDash and Grubhub. To pick up: Pull your vehicle in front of River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.) and put your hazard lights on. Call the restaurant at (312) 822-0100 to notify us of your arrival. A team member will meet you at your vehicle with your order.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 431 N. Dearborn St. When you order directly through the restaurant, they’ll take 25% off your total.*(not valid with delivery services). Here’s their special takeout menu. Upon arrival, remain in your vehicle or wait outside the restaurant; just let us know where you’ll be when placing your order. We will gladly greet you outside.

Weather Mark Tavern, 1503 S. Michigan Ave. Offering pickup and delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub and Seamless. Call 312.588.0230 for takeout. Call for details on menus available.

And in case you live in the Oak Brook area…

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook. Offering to-go meals with curbside pickup.  630-571-1808. Two-course lunch menu $29, available Monday-Saturday, 11a to 4p; Sunday, 11a to 9p. Three-course dinner menu $45, available Monday-Saturday, 11 to 10;.Sunday, 11 to 9.  First course includes choice of Wedge Salad, Caesar Salad or Kale Salad. The second course includes choice of 8 oz. Bacon-Wrapped Filet (6 oz at lunch), Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter, Ultimate Chicken Parmesan, or Fried Shrimp. For an additional $5, Crispy Skin Wild Red Snapper; an additional $6, 14 oz Prime Ribeye (10 oz at lunch); or an additional $7, 14 oz Prime New York Strip (10 oz at lunch), are options.

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