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Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Seating
Many Highland Park restaurants are now welcoming customers for outdoor dining, in compliance with Restore Illinois Phase 4 requirements! All diners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with official guidance from the State of Illinois to ensure a safe and pleasant dining experience, including:
  • Tables are limited to six individuals or fewer. Larger gatherings are not permitted for outdoor table service.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from other groups.
  • Avoid mingling or gathering with other groups while waiting for a table.
  • Wear a face covering except when eating or drinking at a table.
Please note that while private social gatherings may include up to 50 individuals during Phase 4, only groups of 10 or fewer are permitted for restaurant dining. This is a State of Illinois requirement and is not at the discretion of individual restaurants. For larger gatherings, plan to order food for carryout, curbside pickup, or delivery and dine at home, with proper social distancing measures in place.
The City is maintaining a map of restaurants offering outdoor dining, carryout, curbside pickup, and/or delivery services.

Picnic in Highland Park

To support facilitate enjoyment of dining in Highland Park, various public locations are now available for picnicking, including Port Clinton Square, Jens Jensen Park, and the lawn adjacent to City Hall and Highland Park Public Library. Residents are invited to bring chairs to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. To support local restaurants, consider 
ordering a meal for carryout. Please be sure to observe appropriate face covering and social distance guidelines at all times, and dispose of any trash before leaving.
Please note that in early morning and late afternoon, some spaces may be reserved for fitness classes.Fitness businesses such as gyms or yoga studios may continue to offer outdoor classes provided public health guidelines are followed. Business owners may request permission for temporary use of outdoor spaces to conduct these classes. The City appreciates your understanding if asked to relocate to accommodate a prearranged fitness class.