Limited free Wi-Fi is now available in the one-block dining room on North Linn Street. This is Iowa City’s fourth free outdoor public Wi-Fi hotspot, provided through a partnership between the city and ImOn Communications. The same public wi-fi is available on the Ped Mall and in two city parks, Chauncey Swan and Riverfront Crossings.
“Wi-Fi access is offered for up to two hours per day per user,” the Iowa City Department of Communications explained in A press release. “ImOn customers can enter their account number for unlimited access.”
The city first closed North Linn Street from Hamburg Inn at the Market Street intersection in the summer of 2020. This new pedestrian mini-mall was created to provide and promote outdoor dining as part of efforts of the city to support local restaurants while encouraging social distancing amid the novel COVID-19 pandemic. That first year, the street remained closed and the picnic tables remained in place until the wintry weather convinced almost everyone to take shelter inside while eating.
The dining hall returned the following April. The city has since decided to make a permanent addition to the north side.