Arlington Alfresco

Arlington Alfresco Extended to November 2
Posted on 08/18/2020
Arlington Alfresco

The Village is excited to announce that Arlington Alfresco, the popular and successful outdoor dining program held in the downtown and at several restaurants outside of downtown, has been extended until November 2 or the first snowfall, whichever comes first, according to a unanimous decision made by the Village Board at its August 17 meeting.

The program, which allows restaurants to extend outdoor seating into the right-of-way in the downtown or in parking lots of other restaurants, started in June and was slated to end on Labor Day. Arlington Alfresco is open daily until 11 p.m.

Amidst noise complaints, the program extension includes a message that local businesses offering live music outdoors will need to work at minimizing the sound level of the entertainment. The Board has given the Village Manager the authority to shut down live music at any business if problems become significant. The issue would then come back to the Board for a final decision.

Reservations are encouraged for those interested in dining at Arlington Alfresco. Following guidelines of Restore Illinois, groups of people should be limited to 6 or fewer for dining. 

When visiting Arlington Alfresco, please follow the COVID-19 health guidelines, such as not entering the zone if you exhibit symptoms related to the virus, do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people, follow the 6-foot social distancing guidelines and wearing face coverings within the Arlington Alfresco zone is highly encouraged as a way to slow the spread of the virus.

In addition, when visiting the downtown Alfresco zone, please do not bring any pets into the area, walk your bicycle, and do not rollerblade or skateboard through the zone. In regards to alcohol, no open alcohol can be consumed in public spaces, which includes Harmony Park and the pedestrian walkway. Also, no open alcohol can be taken outside of the Arlington Alfresco zone.

For those preferring to use curbside pickup for dining or shopping, there will be designated areas at the entrances of Arlington Alfresco, on the first floor of the Vail Garage and in a nearby parking lot. Delivery services for businesses and residents living within the zone will also have designated areas. Several changes have been made to allow for 2-hour parking in Lot E, along Davis Street, and on the first floor of the Vail Garage. ADA parking spaces have also been located near each of the four entrances to Arlington Alfresco.

Village staff will monitor the program and continue to make accommodations when necessary. Entrances to the Vail parking garage and to parking lots and garages of condominium or apartment buildings within the zone will remain accessible.