Mayor Lightfoot Announces Two Wins for Chicago’s Restaurant Industry

DoorDash will provide financial support to help cover costs of winterizing outdoor dining; and Heated “Japanese-style” Tables, outdoor Block Party, and Cozy Cabins came out as the top winners of this first-ever winter design competition 

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced two significant developments in support of Chicago’s restaurant community. First, in collaboration with the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), DoorDash will be providing $500,000 in financial support to Chicago restaurants to help cover the costs of winterizing their outdoor dining areas. Second, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank and the IRA, the Mayor also announced today the winners of the Winter Design Challenge – a first-of-its-kind competition for community members to reimagine the winter outdoor dining experience in Chicago. After receiving over 600 submissions, a team of judges that included architects, designers, chefs, restauranteurs, and servers selected three ideas that not only capture the spirit of Chicago but can provide feasible


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