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How to Start Operating Outdoor Dining


The Village has established a quick, easy and free process that allows restaurants to operate outdoor dining during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Through this process, restaurants can:

  • Use portions of their property, including parking spaces and patios for outdoor dining.  

  • Serve alcohol in designated outdoor dining areas (Applies to current liquor license holders, only

  • Begin to operate subject to the established Rules for Outdoor Dining Areas with only a simple notification to the Village. Please be aware that the rules established by the Village are subject to change based on updated information from the Illinois Department of Public Health or DuPage County Health Department. 

If you plan to conduct outdoor dining, please send an email to outdoordining@downers.us to let us know.  The Village will work with all restaurants to ensure that outdoor dining can begin safely starting on May 29.  

Downtown establishments should coordinate plans with the Downtown Management Corporation

Please contact Community Development at 630-434-5515 if you have any questions or would like assistance.