Much as we take pride in our toughness through Midwestern winters, the real joy of living in this city is our Chicago summers. High on the list of the summertime pleasures is outdoor dining at restaurants that offer it and finding such restaurants just got a bit easier.
Our new Sidewalk Cafe Permits dataset lists those businesses that have obtained the necessary permit to offer outdoor restaurant seating on the public way. For those interested in long-term trends, the full dataset shows permits back to 2001. However, if you just want to find a place to eat tonight, you will be more interested in the list of current permits. Better yet, look at them on a map:
Permits are valid from March 1 to December 1 and more are added almost every day. So, check back often and bon appétit!