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More than 50 Chicago-area restaurants closed due to COVID-19

More than 50 Chicago-area restaurants closed due to COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 50 restaurants in the Chicago area have permanently closed their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chicago Tribune reported the figure as part of a snapshot of the city’s restaurant scene six months into a pandemic that has forced closures and caused job loss.

Chicago officials have been drumming up ways to offer outdoor dining options during the winter, receiving more than 600 submissions for a competition soliciting creative outdoor dining designs.

Illinois health officials on Thursday reported more than 2,000 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.