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Time In Couchbound No. #11 | Tue 25 August, 2020 
Supporting Chicago’s Black-owned restaurants is a lifelong commitment
Hey, Chicago. I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine: Aaron Oliver, the founder of Seasoned and Blessed, a blog and brand that chronicles the Black and Brown food experience in Chicago. Though Aaron’s work spans years, he’s been using his platform to speak up about his experience in the industry and what needs to change in order for Chicago’s Black-owned restaurants to thrive. Hint: We all have to do more than like and reshare posts on social media. Aaron penned a beautiful feature for Time Out Chicago about the long-term commitment that he hopes to see moving forward. I hope that you’ll take the time to read it, share it and have conversations about it. This is just the beginning.
Morgan Olsen
Editor, Time Out Chicago
This week’s top stories
Here’s what will reopen when Chicago moves into Phase 4 on Friday.
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Chicago restaurants and bars can reopen indoor seating on Friday.
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iO Theater is closing permanently, due to ‘financial issues.’
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The Lakefront trail and 606 are open to the public again.
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Election Day is officially a state holiday in Illinois.
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Last week, Chicago bars were given the green light to reopen outdoor spaces, including patios, rooftops and beer gardens, making way for afternoons spent sipping an ice-cold beer as the sun beats down. Take a look at four watering holes that have reopened and scan the full list for more.
The Loop:
LH Rooftop
Perched above the Chicago River, this upscale rooftop bar deals in fancy cocktails, truffle fries and front-row views of the city’s best architecture.
Logan Square:
Pilot Project
This brewery incubator is equipped with a spacious patio, which means you can sample suds from up-and-comers in the sunshine.
Pilsen: Alulu Brewery and Pub
Grab a seat on the patio and order the Pyro Liso Mexican lager with smoked jalapeño and a basket of cheese curds for the table.
Lincoln Park:
The J. Parker
While you sip a cocktail, catch views of Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan and the glistening skyline from the 13th floor of the Lincoln Hotel.
Heroes of the week
Last week, to-go cocktails were *finally* legalized in Chicago , allowing bars and restaurants to bottle up pre-mixed drinks that are ready to sip. The temporary law was made possible by Cocktails for Hope, led by Ian Beacraft, Julia Momose and Sean O’Leary, who spent months pushing the issue in front of lawmakers. They’re hopeful that this new measure will offer a new and profitable revenue stream to bartenders throughout the city. We’ll raise a glass—er, bottled cocktail—to that.
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