If you pictured yourself roasting marshmallows over a sidewalk cafe fire pit as part of the pandemic-dictated cold weather outdoor dining season in Chicago, here’s the pin to prick that thought bubble.
Rules for “heating devices” were outlined in detail as part of the guidelines released by the city on Monday. While equipment powered by electricity, natural gas or propane was referenced, there was no mention of wood-burning options.
A spokesman for the mayor’s office confirmed to WTTW News that fire pits are not allowed under the city’s guidelines.
Here’s what the requirements state:
Heating equipment must be shown on site plans submitted with the permit application.
Electrically powered heating devices are permitted, but must be installed by a licensed electrical contractor, who will have to obtain a permit. Natural gas heaters or any device fueled with propane are only allowed in open, uncovered areas. All heating equipment must be unplugged or disconnected for overnight storage. Three feet is the recommended distance for clearance between heaters and other objects, including tent sides.
One policy the city has yet to regulate: Rules for BYOB — bring your own blanket.