While cold closes many Chicago businesses, a few offer refuge from the cold

CHICAGO -- As Chicago plunged into a deep freeze with staggering temperatures below minus 20 degrees, a growing list of restaurants and other businesses decided to close their doors Wednesday.

The tradition of ordering food for delivery during bad weather is also in jeopardy, with many restaurants listed on GrubHub and similar websites closing to ensure their staff's safety.

Even a few of the restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week, which kicks off Friday, are closed.

Closed restaurants include:

  • Berlin
  • Dante's Tavern
  • Emporium Arcade Bar
  • Frio Gelato (all locations) closed through Thursday
  • Garcia's
  • Goose Island - Clybourn and Fulton Market
  • Kuma's Corner (all locations)
  • Marie's Pizza and Liquors
  • Nicky's Hot Dogs closed until Friday
  • Parson's Chicken and Fish
  • WestEnd Bar

A more complete listing is available on Eater Chicago.

Braving the cold

TeaPotBrew Bakery at 18th and Wabash was one of the few open for business bright and early Wednesday, serving up sweet treats and warm drinks on a bitterly cold day. Owner Veranda Runsewe said customers call ahead for an extra perk: curbside service.

"I’m a coffee lover I’m a tea lover and I know there are a lot of us out here. I figured I would take one for the team," Runsewe said.

A couple customers even got some boiling water to attempt the polar vortex experiment that’s taken over social media.

At Altitude Trampoline Park near Hubbard and Ashland, kids were bouncing to beat the boredom of staying inside

"We’re happy to be open for the community. They can come warm up and jump around, get out of that freezing cold or get out of the house if you have to get out of the house," Altitude co-owner Amanda Elman-Kolb said.

And for the adults, Village Tap in Roscoe Village opened up early Wednesday to provide customers a place to go to so they can "work from home."

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