While we have seen a plethora of suffering and destitution as consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, we have also seen ingenuity, altruism, and compassion. Humans have stepped up online and in-person to use their talents and skills to help institutions, animals and fellow human beings who have been perniciously hit by the pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdown.
This April, two digital marketing friends and restaurant enthusiasts, Marina Christos and “Morty” (Christine) Mortenson, established the Facebook group Logan Square Restaurants To-Go along with other neighborhood restaurant groups such as Lakeview, South Loop and Lincoln Park. Christos wanted to create a space to objectively inform individuals about local restaurants and spread positivity.
“We started this group and other groups like this in the Chicago neighborhoods because we thought this was a great way to support the hard-working small restaurants in the neighborhood,” they wrote.
Since the public group started, members have posted about local restaurants that are open for carryout and delivery in Logan Square to amplify their need and support. Given the uncertainty with safely doing pick-up, it can feel a bit intimidating to opt for pick-up over delivery but group members have posted about the pick-up process, food choices, and specials that restaurants are offering.
Members have also posted photos of the food they have picked up/had delivered along with signs posted in front of the restaurants informing customers of their hours and services. The modus operandi of the group is to give shout-outs to local restaurants while providing information about their services. If you are interested in joining this group, click here.
Logan Square wouldn’t be what it is today without its foundation of international and veg-friendly restaurants so any support we can give them as a community makes a difference.
Featured photo: Cheesy Italian from Ground Control (Shanti Chu)