Hoffman Estates plans to extend outdoor dining for restaurants through next winter, spring

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO)--Diners in one northwest suburb are going to be able to eat outside throughout the winter.

Officials in Hoffman Estates had originally planned to end outdoor dining on Dec. 31, but they have now decided to extend it at least through May 31 of next year.

The Daily Herald reported that at least one restaurant is using small cozy huts in order to allow people to eat outdoor but still stay warm and that around 20 restaurants originally applied for the special outdoor dining permission in the village.

Only restaurants that didn't apply the first time will be required to apply for the new extended period through the winter and spring, Hoffman Estates Economic Development Director Kevin Kramer told the Herald.

Officials don't think outdoor dining in Hoffman estates will be as widespread as it was last year, because of so many people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but the village board thinks it's still a viable option and will help some restaurants.