Winter Patio

INITIATIVE

Winter is quickly approaching and restaurants need a solution to keep their outdoor spaces open and inviting to the public. We have designed a practical, affordable and scalable outdoor enclosure system that supports inclusive city-wide outdoor winter dining. The Winter Patio initiative aims to offer patio canopies at no cost to restaurant owners via funds raised through GoFundMe.

A Practical APPROACH

We are utilizing a simple, robust and proven canopy system to create partially covered patio structures and are crowdfunding their deployment throughout the Southwest Side of Chicago at no cost to the restaurant.

Flexible

Easy to configure and readily adaptable for a variety of settings.

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COMFORTABLE

A sturdy roof and robust, clear vinyl curtain surrounds a portion of the patio buffering patrons from the cold.

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Mindful

This solution complies with current CDC Covid-19 guidelines.

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Scalable

The design is composed almost entirely of readily available, easy-to-assemble modular components.

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Equitable

Winter Patios are a cost-effective opportunity for almost every restaurant, regardless of size or location.

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MEDIA

CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM

As state halts indoor dining in Chicago, a Pilsen restaurant tests out sidewalk enclosure. Its designer wants to build more, but first needs financial backing. CLICK TO READ MORE

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PATIOS

A updated list of Winter Patio Initiative lottery winners

Your Patio Coming Soon

WHY WINTER PATIOS?

As a small business located in the Southwest Side of Chicago, we've experienced first-hand the impact of COVID-19. We’ve also been witness to the toll it has taken on our surrounding community and especially restaurants. We believe that we are stronger when we face these challenges together and saw an opportunity to organize an effort to help these struggling small businesses.

We are home to 40+ talented fabricators, artists, engineers, and project managers who have a knack for solving unique problems. With your help, we look forward to setting up as many Winter Patios as we can fund to help restaurants brace themselves for the cold.  For more insights on who we are and what we do, check out Bridgewater Studio online.