Every year, Chicago has a handful of various Restaurant Weeks to celebrate and indulge in, as a way to showcase the diverse array of dining options throughout the city, both for locals and travelers alike. But in light of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down restaurants and bars across the entire state, it’s brought forth the city’s first ever Virtual Restaurant Week.
Organized by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce as a way to drum up takeout and delivery business for eateries in the eclectic North Side neighborhood, Virtual Restaurant Week takes place through March 30, with nearly 30 restaurants offering special takeout options. And considering Edgewater is easily one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, there’s plenty of different cuisines to look forward to, from Indian and Mexican to Ethiopian and contemporary American. Each participating restaurant has created dishes available for curbside pickup, takeout, and delivery, as a way to practice safe social distancing while keeping locals well fed and supporting local businesses during this hugely important time.
Participating restaurants include Alice and Friends’ Vegan Kitchen, Edgewater Tacos, Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant, Farm Bar, Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets, Moody’s Pub, Nori Sushi, Pearl’s Southern Comfort, Pizzeria Aroma, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, and Uncommon Ground, which is also offering to-go growlers of its own proprietary beer, brewed by Greenstar Beer.
For more information and to check out the full list of participating restaurants, visit here.