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Chicago Restaurant Updates, Curfew Hours in Effect, Transit Closures

Sunday, May 31, 2020  
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Update from IRA President & CEO Sam Toia


We are all devastated by what has happened in our city, state and nation over the past several days as the peaceful protests, resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd, turned destructive and violent. 

The vandalism and looting adds more devastation and heartbreak to our industry that is already in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This morning, the IRA was briefed by Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar and other members of the Mayor's senior leadership team about the city's approach and next steps. We will be speaking to the Mayor this afternoon.

Moments ago, Mayor Lightfoot announced the use of National Guard to supplement efforts of the Chicago Police Department. They will help with traffic and perimeter security especially in the Chicago Business District (CBD). The City aims to allow peaceful protests but will keep individuals out of the downtown area. 

The City is temporarily reducing multiple routes into the CBD today. The Department of Streets and Sanitation, Department of Water Management, and Chicago Police Department will reduce access only to employees whose businesses are located in the District and Loop area, individuals who reside in the surrounding area, and residents engaged in essential activities as defined in the Municipal Code, Order 2020-3. 

Boundaries include:

  • Division St. from Lake Shore Drive and N. Halsted St. 

  • N Halsted from Division St. to Milwaukee Ave. and Grand Ave. 

  • Milwaukee Ave. from Grand Ave to Kinzie St. 

  • Canal St. from Kinzie St. to 26th St. 

  • 26th St. from Canal St. to Lake Shore Drive. 

Additionally, the Chicago Transit Authority has suspended train and bus service coming in and out of the Loop and CBD for safety reasons. 

Last night, Chicago arrested 240 individuals and identified 125 properties that were damaged. 68 vehicles, including 20 police vehicles, were damaged as well. Last night, Chicago building inspectors surveyed damage and created a list of companies that can board up buildings if necessary:

  • Cook County Board Up  708-389-3889

  • Chicago Board Up Service.  773-338-2500

  • Rapid Board Up. 773-997-8770

  • A Quality Board Up Services. 773-202-8700

  • Triple A All County Board Up. 773-233-4900

  • Busy Bee Board Up. 773-501-7705

  • Tri-County Board Up. 708-800-6672

The IRA will continue to be in conversations with the local and state officials today. We are unclear on what the impact will be to restaurant reopenings in Chicago this week. We will keep you updated as information is made available.


The city of Chicago has provided the below updates to the IRA. Please review and take action accordingly for your business.

  • The city of Chicago has announced that all restaurants in the city are required to close during the curfew hours of 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Take out, drive thru and carry out are not permitted during these times.

  • All patio furniture and anything on sidewalks must be brought inside restaurants.

  • If restaurants are utilizing private security, they can remain on the premises between 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The city recommended that businesses should not leave one lone guard at any locations.

  • Streets and Sanitation is currently working to remove graffiti from businesses. Businesses can contact the city if they need assistance with graffiti removal.

  • It is up to individual businesses whether or not they want to board up their property if it has not been vandalized. Below is a list of companies that can provide this service:

  • Cook County Board Up 708-389-3889

  • Chicago Board Up Service. 773-338-2500

  • Rapid Board Up. 773-997-8770

  • A Quality Board Up Services. 773-202-8700

  • Triple A All County Board Up. 773-233-4900

  • Busy Bee Board Up. 773-501-7705

  • Tri-County Board Up. 708-800-6672

The IRA will continue to be in ongoing conversations with the local and state officials today. We do not yet know the impact of recent events on the status of restaurant reopenings in Chicago this week. We will keep you updated as information is made available.


Central Business District Businesses Encouraged to Remain Closed Monday, Transit Closures Update



This evening, the city of Chicago provided the below updates to the IRA. Please review and take action accordingly for your business.

  • For workers trying to access the Central Business District (CBD) be prepared to provide proper identification and the address of their employer.

  • All businesses in the CBD are encouraged to remain closed tomorrow.

  • The entire CTA will be shut down starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight until a time TBD tomorrow morning.


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