Update, Sunday March 15: As referenced here, and on TV News, Gov. Pritzker has closed all bars and restaurants to dine-in service, from the close of business Monday March 16 through March 30. I’ve suspected some owners might have hoped that would happen, so they don’t lose business to other places that stay open (and risk their own employees’ health). It should be noted that those who can, will be allowed to offer carry-out (curbside if necessary), drive-through or delivery service.
In addition, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has advised:
To-go sales at breweries will be permitted and, given the unprecedented situation, we feel comfortable at this time advising brewery members that would like to utilize delivery or a third party service to do so. We do not believe the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) will cite any brewery and will work with the Governor’s office and Commission if necessary to ensure members can continue to do as much limited business as possible.
I am, at this time, leaving my schedule up. As I find more postponements for specific events, I will make note of them on the individual listing, with any rescheduled dates.
Several taprooms and bars that are normally closed on Mondays have indicated they will be open on this pre-shutdown March 16, for one last fling. Please check ahead with any place you might be visiting.
At this writing, businesses in Wisconsin and Indiana are allowed to stay open, but that may change.
Some things to note during this week:
This is the actual week of St. Patrick’s Day. While most of the events were scheduled for the previous weekend, some may have been put off with the many cancellations in civic observances. I am trying to keep track of any cancellation or postponement, so some events scheduled for the previous weekend may re-appear here.
So far, I’m seeing, in the wake of the COVID-19 virus emergency, most venues have been posting that they are increasing their diligence in cleaning and sanitizing their premises, and offering more chances for patrons to clean up as well.
Monday, March 16
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17
Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19