Have an idea for outdoor dining that will let one enjoy a nice meal along with maintaining social distancing? Well, bounce it off if you are a resident of Chicago! The American state is offering $5,000 (INR 367612.50) to residents who can come up with the best winter outdoor dining solutions. Here is what we know. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Chicago is offering a grand cash prize to three residents who can come up with the best outdoor dining solutions — according to a statement released by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The entries submitted by the residents will be judged by local restaurant owners and community members.

 

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The proposals will need to include proper research, prototypes and information on COVID-19 safety protocols that will be followed in these spaces. So far, some of the ideas given by residents include igloos, greenhouses and plastic domes kinda setups.

 

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Named ‘The Winter Dining Challenge’, Mayor Lightfoot in a tweet said, “Chicago winters have a reputation. We’re asking Chicagoans to share their ideas for innovative winter outdoor dining solutions that adhere to COVID-19 protocols so we can support our favourite local restaurants while keeping Chicagoans healthy.”

Illinois in Chicago experiences really harsh winters; it could prove difficult for establishments to keep their outdoor spaces open for visitors in line with the COVID-19 regulations. The entries that come in through the dining challenge will help the city continue to keep its restaurants open while maintaining the necessary protocols.

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