Mayor Lightfoot Announces Challenge to Redesign Outdoor Dining Spaces

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a challenge asking people to redesign outdoor dining spaces in Chicago for the winter:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that she plans to launch a winter design challenge in an attempt to "reimagine the winter outdoor dining experience."

In partnership with IDEO, BMO Harris Bank and the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Winter Design Challenge asks Chicago residents to propose outdoor dining solutions that adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, the mayor's office said.

According to Lightfoot's office, the challenge will run Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, with winners announced in mid-September. Each winner will receive $5,000 and opportunities to start their idea at restaurants and bars around the city, the office said.

NBC goes on to say:

A panel of local restaurants and community members will select one winner from each of the following categories:

  • Outdoor, standalone structures
  • Indoor-adjacent spaces
  • Cultural shifts making winter dining more appealing

Very cool idea.

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