Outdoor Dining Criteria & Resources for Restaurants

Outdoor Dining Criteria

Due to the social distancing requirements necessary to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanover Park has expanded outdoor seating options (policy summary) to include areas such as parking lots.

  • If you are interested in pursuing outdoor dining, please contact Inspectional Services at (630) 823-5860 or IServices@hpil.org to submit a permit.  See the full Hanover Park Outdoor Dining policy for full details.
  • Hours of operation will be limited to 10:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 pm on weekends.
  • Restaurants will be required to sign a "hold harmless" agreement
  • Restaurants will need a permit.  See the permit handout for details on how to submit and basic requirements.  There will be no fee for the permit and it will be valid for 90 days
  • If a restaurant wishes to use a tent as part of their outdoor dining, see new temporary tent guidelines.  Restaurants can apply on the same permit application for outdoor dining.

Additionally, please make sure to follow State guidelines, including a 6-foot social distancing requirements and:

Hanover Park has issued Emergency Order 2, pertaining to the sale of alcohol for outdoor dining.

Additionally, always check our Guidance on Reopening.  ServSafe has good food safety guidelines.  Please see Hanover Park Small Business Assistance for free branded signage and website/Google assistance.

Additional Resources

The Village of Hanover Park recognizes that circumstances arising from COVID-19 have put significant strain on our food establishments, including restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and bakeries.  Here are some of the resources/initiatives available to help food establishments.

  • Please see out Financial Resources page for grants and other resources, many targeted at dining establishments.
  • The Village of Hanover Park encourages residents to Shop Local.  We have produced an updated dining guide for residents to see which food establishments are open and how they can interact with them.  If you would like to be included, please contact Community and Economic Development at (630) 823-5780 or at CDevelopment@hpil.org.
  • The National Restaurant Association released new guidance for reopening restaurants, which provides a basic summary of recommended practices that can be used to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Here is a guide to frequently asked questions about new regulations regarding restaurants, including the ban on on-premise consumption.
  • The Illinois Restaurant Association has compiled some helpful resources for restaurants.
  • The Spoon provides good insight into technology in the food industry.
  • Create an account on Yelp.  Yelp will give you a digital presence where many people search for restaurants.  Additionally, it will allow you to publicize yourself and control your brand.
  • The Illinois Liquor Commission has provided guidelines for Liquor delivery.  Please see Hanover Park’s emergency order allowing for packaged liquor sales.
  • The Restaurant Strong Fund is providing grants for restaurant workers affected by the crisis.
  • The DuPage County Health Department published guidelines for food facilities.  These guidelines are advisable regardless of which county your business is in.
  • Consider using a service like GrubHub, UberEats or DoorDash? Village staff would be glad to assist you in signing up.