One of life’s most satisfying pleasures is watching plate after plate of banchan fill up the table. Chicago’s Korean lineup offers much more than just barbecue, though, as fusion spots and fancy restaurants are adding some extra flair to traditional dishes. From bibimbap and kimchi pancakes to hearty bowls of stew, there’s a lot to explore on the following menus. The latest additions to the list include contemporary newcomers Jeong and Perilla, and soup specialists Han Bat and Ssyal.
As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 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.