From the Illinois Restaurant Association:

State of Illinois Executive Order: “To-Go”, Carry Out, Take Out Permitted

Governor Pritzker has issued an official Executive Order that mandates the closure of on-premise dining in Illinois restaurants. Due to the advocacy of the IRA, the Executive Order clarifies that “to-go”, carry out, and take out will be permitted at Illinois restaurants.

Click here to read the text of the Executive Order. Read the paragraph related to restaurants below:

“Beginning March 16, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. through March 30, 2020, all businesses in the State of Illinois that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption—including restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls—must suspend service for and may not permit on-premises consumption. Such businesses are permitted and encouraged to serve food and beverages so that they may be consumed off-premises, as currently permitted by law, through means such as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, and curbside pick-up. In addition, customers may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. However, establishments offering food or beverages for carry-out, including food trucks, must ensure that they have an environment where patrons maintain adequate social distancing. Businesses located in airports, hospitals, and dining halls in colleges and universities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order. Hotel restaurants may continue to provide room service and carry-out. Catering services may continue.”

Additional operational guidelines are expected from the state of Illinois soon. We will share this information as soon as it is available.


Delivery, curbside pick up, and take out is allowed. View a running list of businesses available for delivery & pick up here.


Restaurants and bars in the City of Chicago are required to follow the following updated guidelines, with the City beginning any necessary enforcement measures at midnight tonight:

  • The consumption of food or beverage is not permitted inside a restaurant or bar
  • Congregation of any kind is not permitted inside or outside a restaurant or bar
  • Drive-thru, delivery and carry out or curbside pick-up may continue, with the restaurant owner responsible to ensure social distancing policies are in place and followed.

Customers may enter restaurants to order food and immediately leave upon receiving the food. BACP has put together an FAQ document with answers to the many questions facing business owners and consumers. The following establishments are included in the mandated restaurant and bar closure order:

  • Concession stands at movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues
  • Cafes, coffee bars, ice cream counters and other concession areas within grocery stores
  • Coffee shops and cafes

More information can be found here.

We understand the devastation and hardship this causes for our business community, however public safety must come first.