Chicago is a long way away from the east coast but that doesn’t hinder local restaurants from creating luscious lobster rolls. Dripping in mayo, butter, and spices, these indulgent sandwiches are a relatively affordable way to enjoy a premium delicacy. They can be ordered hot or cold, and some places even take liberties with the New England specialty by using nontraditional ingredients. Regardless of preference, here are the spots that do it best.
As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.