What industry hasn’t been hit by COVID-19? Stating the obvious, but the hospitality industry has been hit seismically, and there are a lot of ways you can lend a helping hand, if you are able. Some of the best ways to help the hospitality industry right now include:

  • Book a summer, fall or winter party with your friends or colleagues
  • Buy a gift certificate or gift card for a friend’s birthday, a gift or even just for yourself
  • Start your holiday shopping early
  • Order pick-up or delivery from local restaurants

Although it may seem small, everything we can do helps right now. Please see below a number of businesses who are affected that could really use your help. Additionally, it would be great if you consider signing the following petition, which would grant aid for the events industry: https://bit.ly/38SdEN9.

Restaurants & Bars

Jet’s Pizza
For service professionals looking for work, Jet’s Pizza, known for its Detroit-style deep dish, eight-corner pizza, currently has delivery and in-store employment opportunities available at the following locations: River North, 207 W. Superior St. (312-465-2280); Lakeview, 2811 N. Ashland Ave. (773-857-2080); West Loop, 1025 W. Madison St. (312-586-7290); Wicker Park/Buck Town, 1811 W. North Ave. (773-904-8283); and South Loop, 1144 S. Wabash Ave (773-249-6508). Those interested in applying for a position can call each store directly. Additionally, Jet’s Pizza is offering all service workers in need a 30% online only discount with discount code VIP. All 20 Jet’s Pizza Chicago locations are open for delivery orders. For the full menu or to order a meal for delivery, please visit their website. Gift cards are available for purchase here.


The popular Japanese restaurant concept that has taken Canada and now the United States by storm, Kinton Ramen is offering delivery and takeout from its West Loop location (163 N. Sangamon St.). With every delivery and take-out order, Kinton Ramen is giving a complimentary four-piece vegetarian gyoza appetizer, plus a coupon for 25% off their next take-out order. For those ordering on Uber Eats or Caviar from the West Loop location receive $5 off any order of $20 or more. In observance of National Ramen Day (April 4) from Friday, March 20 through Saturday, April 4, ramen lovers may enjoy a buy one, get one offer for take-out orders. To receive the complimentary bowl of ramen with the purchase of another bowl of ramen, guests must call in their order to the West Loop location. The BOGO offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Delivery couriers will not enter premises and will be “curb-side” only with extra sanitation processes in place. The Wicker Park location (1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is closed until further notice.

Geja’s Cafe

Geja’s Café, located at 340 W. Armitage, is offering a robust Geja’s To Go Monday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., allowing guests the opportunity to have Geja’s signature items delivered straight to their doors. Menu items include Swiss Gruyere Cheese Fondue with breads, apples, grapes and vegetables for dipping; Belgian Chocolate Fondue with pound cake, rice krispie treats, and assorted fruits for dipping; as well as their Gourmet Meat and Cheese boards. For the full To-Go menu or to make an order, please visit their website or call 773-281-9101. Physical and digital gift cards are also available for purchase here. Through the end of March 2020, for every $100 gift card purchased through their website, the Geja’s team will add an additional $25 to the gift card for you to use when it is safe for the restaurant re-open for normal business.

theWit Hotel 

theWit Hotel  is pleased to offer a collection of their house made treats, from award-winning Pastry Chef Toni Roberts, to go! Experience a range of theWit’s signature sweet and savory treats from the comfort of your own home by visiting abitofthewit.com. Please allow 24 hour advance notice for pick up, available at theWit Hotel at 201 N. State St.


With three locations in Chicago, Turkitch Turkish Kitchen is offering delivery via GrubHub (with free delivery and 10% cash back) and Uber Eats and pick-up service at each of its locations. Additionally, as a close neighbor to St. Joseph Hospital, Turkitch encourages guests who are able to sponsor meals to those working the hardest to ensure our community stays safe and healthy. When orders are made for St. Joseph’s, guests will receive 10% off the order and the Turkitch team will deliver the meal safely free of delivery charge. To learn more or to order, please call (773) 453-3323 or visit their website. Gift certificates are also available for purchase here.

Replay Lincoln Park

Replay Lincoln Park, Chicago’s popular arcade and pop-up bar located at 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., is now selling e-gift cards to patrons for purchase. For each $20 gift card purchased, $10 will go directly to Replay staff affected by the current shutdown. Individuals can purchase these here.

ROOH Chicago

One of the top Indian restaurants in Chicago, located in the West Loop at 736 W. Randolph, is now offering delivery service via GrubHub. For additional ways to show support, the team has started a Virtual Tip Jar to help its employees. For more information, please visit www.roohchicago.com

Allgauer’s on the Riverfront

A local favorite of the North Shore community for more than 40 years, Allgauer’s on the Riverfront is now offering curbside pickup and carryout for its customers. Located at 2855 Milwaukee Ave., guests can place their orders by calling the restaurant at 847-664-7999.

VU Rooftop Bar

VU Rooftop Bar, Chicago South Loop’s first rooftop destination, boasts 13,000 square feet of luxurious indoor and outdoor space including a karaoke room, boardroom, club bar, a solarium bar, and its signature feature- unparalleled views of the Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. To book your next event, please visit their website.


Chicago’s one-of-a-kind restaurant serving Latin inspired cuisine from South America, Central America and Mexico or those who are seeking an unparalleled festive experience, Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market St., is a perfect destination for events from 10 – 1,000 guests. Featuring more than 35,000 square feet of event space in seven distinct spaces, plus the main dining room, Carnivale offers everything guests may need whether it be for a funky birthday celebration or a large, elegant wedding. For more information or to book an event, visit their website or call (312) 850-5005.

Columbus Tap

Columbus Tap, the quintessential gastropub located at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Tap, 200 N. Columbus Dr., is offering its full menu for takeout. Orders can be places on Grubhub or by calling (312) 444-9494. For more information or to view their menu, please visit their website.

Ocean Prime

Chicago’s premier destination for seafood and steak located at 87 E. Wacker Dr., Ocean Prime is a beautiful destination for meetings and events. To book events in one of Ocean Prime’s stunning private dining rooms, please visit their website. To purchase gift cards, please click here.

Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville

Perfectly located at 1027 W. Addison St., Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville is the destination for all your upcoming party needs. For groups big or small, Lucky Strike offers various Party Packages that cater to your upcoming festivities, along with over 100 arcade games ranging from recognizable classics to state-of-the-art systems, access to eight acclaimed Lucky Strike Lanes, and unprecedented views of Wrigley Field. For more information or to book a party, please visit their website.


Offshore, 1000 E. Grand St., the World’s Largest Rooftop Bar, is your top destination for your upcoming party this summer season, ranging from 12-900. Offering several unique options for your party needs, including buy-outs of their lounge areas, patio space, North and South terraces, and the 8,500 square foot indoor space. For more details, please visit their website.


theWit Hotel

theWit Hotel, 201 N. State St., is the ultimate location for luxurious events. With over 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space that boasts tasteless modern design and state of the art technological capabilities, theWit Hotel serves as the perfect destination for weddings, conferences, parties and more. Ballrooms, executive boardrooms, intimate spaces, and the newly renovated bar and restaurant, ROOF on theWit, allow guests the opportunity to create their ideal event in the heart of downtown Chicago. For more information or to book a party, please visit their website.

Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, 100 W Monroe St., offers stunning views and a variety of meeting and event spaces. To inquire about an event, call (312) 236-1234 or visit their website.

Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District

The Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop – Theatre District, 32 W Randolph St, offers upscale accommodations and amenities to help you make the most of your stay and events. To learn more or submit a request, please click here.

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

A AAA four-diamond luxury hotel in downtown Chicago, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is located at 200 North Columbus Drive. To plan a future event, email rfp@fairmont.com or visit their website.

The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare

Located within Rosemont’s Pearl District at 5200 N. Pearl St. and the closest hotel to O’Hare International Airport, The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hareis a beautiful new destination to host private events. For more information or to book, please visit their website.

Hilton Chicago Northbrook

Hilton Chicago Northbrook offers beautifully-renovated meeting and event spaces available to book for corporate and social events, including weddings, meetings and even intimate get togethers. For more information or to book, please visit their website.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Located at 1 W. Wacker Dr., Renaissance Chicago Downtown hotel is just steps from the Loop, Windy City attractions and live, Chicago Theatre District entertainment. 21 versatile event rooms and 28 breakout spaces combine for 41,572 square feet of total meeting facility and conference room space. With sweeping views of the Chicago River, the hotel’s Looking Glass Ballroom is sure to inspire. And each of the meeting and conference facilities boasts a modern design and the latest A/V technology. After meeting,  guests may gather at Raised, the hotel’s rooftop bar to mix and mingle with the local crowd or take a spontaneous stroll to world-class shopping and dining to make your downtown Chicago hotel experience complete. For more information, or to book an event, please visit their website.


National Hellenic Museum

Located in the heart of Greektown, Chicago’s newest cultural destination, the National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, boasts a minimalist design and distinctive setting for all your special events. Whether it is an elegant dinner for 200 or a board meeting for 20, our modern and versatile space is perfect for any occasion. For additional information, contact the museum’s Venue and Rentals team at events@hellenicmuseum.org or call (312) 655-1234 ext. 22. More information is available online.

Chicago Sinfonietta

To provide a tax-deductible donation to Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra, please click here. For any questions or to become a season subscriber, please call (312) 284-1554.

Marriott Theatre

To learn more about The Marriott Theatre, Chicagoland’s longest-running professional musical theater located at 10 Marriott Drive Lincolnshire, IL, including upcoming productions in their 2020 season, or to learn more on how to donate to the theater, please click here.

First Folio Theatre

To purchase multiple show subscriptions or individual tickets to one of the 2020-2021 season productions at First Folio Theatre, including The Jigsaw Bride: A Frankenstein StoryAgatha Christie’s The Secret Council, and Jane Austen’s Emma, visit www.firstfolio.org or call 630-986-8067. To donate to the theatre, please click here.

Amdur Productions

Launched in 2018 by Amdur Productions, the e-commerce site ArtZipper.com is an online marketplace where up-and-coming artists can sell their unique, handcrafted pieces directly to consumers. Many of the most popular artists that exhibit at Amdur Productions events include their art on the site, giving fans and attendees another outlet to shop their work 24/7. From paintings to sculpture, hand-blown glass and fine jewelry, ArtZipper.com features expertly curated works in every medium you can imagine and ships internationally.

Paper Source

Paper Source’s Annual Craft Sale is going on now, with discounts up to 25% off on hundreds of items at www.papersource.com.

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

For more information on how to support Lincoln Park businesses and for other important updates, visit their website.