Pets won’t be allowed to start dining with their owners at Evanston’s sidewalk cafes.

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee this week dropped the idea of changing the existing ban on pets at sidewalk cafes after the city’s health director said it might cause the city to lose a state grant.

Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas said state and city regulations now bar animals — other than those assisting the disabled — from food service establishments and all outdoor areas under their control.

Terms of the state grant, which is used to provide a rodent control program, require the city to comply with the state health code.

Pets won’t be allowed to start dining with their owners at Evanston’s sidewalk cafes.

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee this week dropped the idea of changing the existing ban on pets at sidewalk cafes after the city’s health director said it might cause the city to lose a state grant.

Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas said state and city regulations now bar animals — other than those assisting the disabled — from food service establishments and all outdoor areas under their control.

Terms of the state grant, which is used to provide a rodent control program, require the city to comply with the state health code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. dogs and al fresco dining
    The City of Chicago is not tied to the same grant from the State of Illinois.
    My dogs and my family can be found dining at Uncommon Ground on Devon or Brasserie Jo on Hubbard St.
    Very sincerely
    Manon Kavesky

  2. That’s why they have ‘doggy-bags’
    I couldn’t agree more, however for different reasons. The city is doing this because “it might cause the city to lose a state grant.”? How about because I don’t allow my own pet to beg at the dinner table at home and shouldn’t have to put up with someone elses dog at my feet while I dine out? The sudden fascinaton with ‘toy dogs’ being brought everywhere has gotten rediculous, and it doesn’t only stop with dogs.At the Target on Howard yesterday I saw a woman with her pet cat in the basket! These are animals people! Can you not seperate yourself from them for 1 or 2 hours while your out? We have banned smoking inside and around the outside, let’s not allow a petting zoo around the tables.

  3. What is the problem?
    I hope we all agree to say that most families have a pet at home and it has never been a health hazard issue. Bringing your pet on a sidewalk cafe requires the same responsibility than bringing your toddler with you. You don’t want him to bother the table next to you. when I read comments such as the one above (“that ‘s why they have doggy-bags”), it HAS to come from someone that doesn’t have a pet. If he or she would, he or she would know that dogs are men’s best friend.
    Let’s be responsible people and there would be no need for an other city ban

    1. dog vs man
      Stop comparing dogs (or any domesticated animal for that matter) to human children. If you do not understand the difference between the two then I surely do not have the page space or time to educate you. I’ve had pets all of my life and I can tell the difference quite simply.

      Please register for Biology 101 at your college of choice.

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