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Chicago Offering $5,000 for 'Feasible' Winter Outdoor Dining Ideas

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An outdoor dining area is seen as the city continues Phase 4 of reopening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on July 27, 2020 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 August 2020 12:00 PM

The City of Chicago has launched a contest to find a way for restaurants that are currently relying on outdoor dining to continue to serve customers during the upcoming winter, Fox News reports.

In a press release earlier this week, the mayor’s office noted that “all City of Chicago residents are invited to participate in the Winter Design Challenge. Submissions will be accepted on IDEO’s open innovation platform. A panel of local restaurants and community members will select one winner in each of the following categories: 1) outdoor, standalone structures 2) indoor-adjacent spaces and 3) cultural shifts making winter dining more appealing. All submissions must comply with local COVID-19 guidelines. Thanks to support from BMO Harris Bank, each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and opportunities to pilot their idea at restaurants and bars in the City.”

“While we’ve had to implement restrictions and take hard measures to combat a recent rise in COVID-19 activity, we will continue to ensure our restaurants, bars and businesses have the supports they need to survive during these unprecedented times,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said in a statement. “We are asking our community members to come together and think creatively about how we can make outdoor dining feasible in the winter.”

“Our restaurants and bars are the heart and soul of the city, and we must do everything possible to keep them operational during the harsh winter months,” said Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “We need out-of-the-box thinking to address the hardship facing our industry. The Winter Design Challenge demonstrates the City’s support of innovation in these trying times, and we look forward to ideas that are both creative and operationally attainable for our members." 

The contest runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, and is conducted in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, the global design company IDEO, and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

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