CHICAGO — Chicago’s Riverwalk is reopening for the use of residents and visitors starting Friday, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The city will begin a phased-in approach to vendor reopening, allowing for full service by the end of May.
The three businesses reopening Friday are: City Winery, Island Party Hut and Beat Kitchen on the River. Ten other businesses will reopen every week or so.
The opening marks an unusually early opening for the Riverwalk, as vendors typically do not open for the season until May.
For a family visiting Chicago from Dallas, the Riverwalk proved to be an obstacle-free activity during a tough time to travel.
“We tried two brunch spots this morning and they were closed so we’re just finding out as we go,” Brittany Saville said.
They found gold this afternoon, sipping drinks along the Riverwalk on Island Party Hut’s first day in business this season.
“We have some really high expectations for this year,” Island Party Hut co-owner Mark Stern said.
More vendors are expected to open in the coming weeks leading to the Riverwalk’s full opening in May.
All vendors will be required to follow the city public health guidelines of social distancing and wearing face masks.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended due to limited seating and high demand.
The Riverwalk is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day. For more information, go to: www.chicagoriverwalk.us