Chicago’s museums, restaurants, attractions, and more are currently open with new safety guidelines and limited capacities. The city continues to reopen responsibly, while introducing health and safety measures to protect Chicagoans and visitors. Social distancing and face coverings are required whenever possible. Learn more about what’s open in Chicago below.

What’s open in Chicago?

Festivals & events

Outdoor festivals and events are back, just in time for summer. Street festivals, flea markets, farmers markets, and more will be operating this summer with limited capacity.

A woman holds BBQ dishes at Windy City Smokeout

Check out some of the upcoming music and street festivals this summer in Chicago:

Know before you go: Attendees will need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of trying to enter the event.

Restaurants & bars

Chicago bars and restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining with limited capacity and takeout/delivery.

Know before you go: Diners can have up to 10 people per table; restaurants can choose to exceed this limit if all diners in a party are vaccinated. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits. Customers must wear face coverings at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking at all bars and restaurants.

Museums

Chicago museums and cultural institutions are reopening with limited capacity. Check with individual museums for reopening details, safety precautions, and ticketing information.

Field Museum with guests socially distanced
Photo by Lucy Hewett

Know before you go: Museums are currently open at limited capacity. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits. Masks are required. Check with individual museums for timed/advanced ticketing policies.

Tours & attractions

Chicago’s tours and outdoor attractions are open to enjoy with new safety and social distancing practices. Check out all open tours and attractions:

Attractions

An architecture boat cruise on the Chicago River

Tours

Know before you go: All individuals must wear masks/face coverings over nose and mouth. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits. Physical distancing is encouraged. Check with tour or attraction for additional health and safety guidelines.

Theatres & music venues

Chicago’s music/performance venues and theatres are reopening with limited capacity. Check out a few venues open now and opening soon:

Green Mill in Uptown

Know before you go: All individuals must wear masks/face coverings over nose and mouth. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits.

Sports

Play ball! Indoor and outdoor sports venues are currently open with limited capacities and new safety measures. Get your tickets to see these iconic Chicago sports teams:

Know before you go: All individuals must wear masks/face coverings over nose and mouth. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits

Parks & gardens

All Chicago parks, playgrounds, gardens, and the lakefront are open to enjoy:

Know before you go: Please wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. Runners, joggers, bikers, and walkers should maintain at least 6 feet distancing while exercising.

Shopping

Both essential and non-essential retail are open. Indoor capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.

Penelopes boutique in Wicker Park
© Adam Alexander Photography 2019

Know before you go: All employees and customers must wear masks at all times. Physical distancing, contactless payments, and use of hand sanitizers are encouraged. Establishments have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits.

Hotels/lodging

Chicago hotels and accommodations are open. Check out the latest hotel special offers for deals and discounts.

Spend a weekend at Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville.

Know before you go: Face coverings are required for guests and employees in all common areas. Physical distancing and mobile check-ins/outs are encouraged.

Salons, fitness centers, and more

      • Personal services (e.g. hair/nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors)
      • Public transit, regional transit, taxis and rideshare
      • Gyms and fitness centers
      • Childcare centers and family childcare
      • Libraries and other city services
      • Places of worship
      • Office-based jobs, professional services, and real estate services
      • Hospitals, dentists, and community mental health centers

What is the Bridge Phase of Chicago’s reopening plan?

Chicago is currently in the Bridge Phase in its reopening plan. This step allows for an extensive expansion of capacity limits across industries and allows for vaccine exemptions. Guidelines include:

      • Establishments across industries have the option to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from capacity limits.
      • All social gatherings are limited to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors. Fully vaccinated individuals can be excluded from capacity at private events.
      • Outdoor dining, carryout, and delivery are allowed at restaurants/bars. Indoor dining is allowed at establishments that allow food, with limited capacity.
      • Indoor museums, cultural institutions, and performance arts centers are currently open with limited capacity.
      • Social distancing and face coverings are required whenever possible.