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Chicago Travel Updates

Posted by maren on September 1, 2020

New restrictions come in accordance with a worrying uptick in Chicago cases.  If you're planning a visit to the Windy City, here's what you'll need to know: 

Reopening Chicago

  • Chicago entered Phase Four of its reopening plan on June 26, based on the continued positive trend in metrics over the past several weeks.
  • Phase Four allows outdoor and limited indoor dining, museums and performance venues with limited capacity, larger gathering sizes, and more. See the full list of what’s open in Chicago.
  • Learn more about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s five-phase framework, Protecting Chicago, that outlines her plan for safely reopening the city.
  • Governor JB Pritzker also shared a five-phase plan, Restore Illinois, with benchmarks and guidelines for reopening the state while protecting public health.

Travel

  • The City of Chicago has issued an emergency travel order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from certain states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

Health & safety

  • As Chicago begins to reopen, the safety of Residents and Visitors is of the utmost importance. Learn about the latest health and safety guidelines during Phase Four of the Protecting Chicago plan.

Restaurants

  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries are open for outdoor seating, carryout, and delivery. Restaurants may offer limited indoor seating.
  • Explore Chicago restaurants open for delivery, carryout, and indoor/outdoor dining.

Hotels

  • Please check with individual hotels for information about availability.

Attractions and events

  • Many Chicago attractions are beginning limited and phased reopenings. Check our what’s open page for details.
  • Most public gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice.
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered Chicago’s beaches remain closed until further notice. All other Chicago parks, including the Lakefront Trail and lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive, are now open.
  • Illinois state parks will be open for limited use. All shelters, playgrounds and visitors centers will remain closed until further notice. Concessions will be open at all sites.
  • All attractions and events are subject to changes and closures. We strongly recommend confirming the status of attractions and upcoming events by reaching out directly to the attraction, venue, or ticket provider before proceeding.

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