Chicago is open and ready to welcome visitors back to our amazing city. During this time, there’s nothing more important to us than your health and safety. That’s why Chicago is taking a responsible, phased approach to reopening. The city continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, while introducing health and safety measures to protect Chicagoans and visitors during each phase.

Chicago is now in Phase Four of the city’s reopening plan. This phase is focused on cautiously reopening some businesses, while ensuring the safety of residents and visitors. Social distancing and face coverings are required whenever possible.

Phase Four, which began on June 26, allows the reopening of museums and zoos, outdoor and limited indoor seating at restaurants, movie theaters, and performance venues.

Here’s what’s open in Chicago right now.

What’s open in Chicago?

Tours & attractions

Check out the tours and attractions that are now open throughout Chicago:

Tours

Attractions

Navy Pier Shoreline Boats

  • Required: All individuals must wear masks/face coverings over nose and mouth (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering). Physical distancing is encouraged. Check with tour or attraction for additional health and safety guidelines.

Museums

  • Required: All individuals must wear masks/face coverings over nose and mouth (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering). Plan to purchase tickets in advance. Capacity and hours may be limited, check with museums for details.
Shedd Aquarium Chicago kids
Dive deep at the Shedd Aquarium

Parks & gardens

All Chicago parks (except all beaches and parks east of Lake Shore Drive) are open to enjoy:

  • The Lakefront Trail is open for exercise and transit (walking, running, biking, etc.) with safe social distancing
  • The 606 is open for exercise and transit (walking, running, biking, etc.) with safe social distancing
  • Millennium Park has begun cautiously reopening, some amenities and attractions remain closed
  • Maggie Daley Park has begun reopening, some amenities and attractions remain closed
  • The Chicago Riverwalk is now open with restrictions; restaurants are beginning a phased reopening
  • Chicago Botanic Garden has begun a limited reopening
  • Morton Arboretum is open with some restrictions
  • Garfield Park Conservatory outdoor gardens are reopening in phases
  • All lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive are opened to the public, including Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, Harold Washington Park, and Jackson Park, as well as the Jackson Park Golf Course and Diversey Driving Range. All parks and beaches east of Lake Shore Drive remain closed.

Outdoor activities limited to non-contact sports in small groups only (e.g. tennis). Playgrounds are temporarily closed.

Humboldt Park
See the historic boathouse in Humboldt Park.
  • Required: Everyone in the parks or participating in outdoor attractions are required to wear facial coverings at all times. Limit gatherings to no more than 10 individuals and maintain physical distancing.
  • Encouraged: Runners, joggers, bikers and walkers should maintain at least 6 feet distancing while exercising.

Theatres & music venues

Chicago’s music/performance venues and theatres are opening up with capacity restrictions.

  • Required: Attendees must wear face coverings at all times, except if eating/drinking while seated.
Green Mill in Uptown

Restaurants & bars

Chicago restaurants, bars, and breweries may currently offer carryout and delivery services, and outdoor dining with appropriate safety measures. Limited indoor seating may resume Friday, June 26.

Outdoor dining includes patios, rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs, and indoor spaces where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels. Tables must be at least six feet apart or separated by barriers.

Chicago bars and breweries may open their outdoor patios, rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs, and indoor spaces where 50 percent or more of a wall can be removed. Customers will be limited to two-hour stays and must wear masks when they aren’t seated.

  • Required: Diners can have up to six people per table. Any area where people gather (lounge areas, etc.) can have no more than 10 people. Customers must wear masks when not seated.
  • Encouraged: Customers do not have to wear masks when seated and eating. Contactless payments and pickups are recommended. Customers are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time and remain outdoors or in their vehicles while waiting to be seated.

Retail

Both essential and non-essential retail are open. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% for non-essential retail, 50% for essential retail (stores that sell groceries and medicine, hardware stores, greenhouses, garden centers, etc.).

Penelopes boutique in Wicker Park
© Adam Alexander Photography 2019
  • Required: All employees and customers must wear masks at all times.
  • Encouraged: Physical distancing, contactless payments, and use of hand sanitizers when provided.

Hotels/lodging

Hotels and accommodations are open. Hotel restaurants are open for pick up and room service only. Daily housekeeping provided upon request only.

Spend a weekend at Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville.
  • Required: Face coverings are required for guests and employees in all common areas.
  • Encouraged: Physical distancing and mobile check-ins/outs are encouraged.

Salons, childcare, and more

  • Outdoor attractions (e.g. boating – not including the Playpen, non-Lakefront golf courses)
  • 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
  • Office-based jobs, professional services, and real estate services
  • Hospitals, dentists, community mental health centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

What is Phase Four?

The goal of Phase Four of the Protecting Chicago plan is to continue cautiously reopening the city, while ensuring the safety of residents and visitors. Guidelines include:

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people or less. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people or less.
  • Indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity. Outdoor dining, carryout, and delivery are allowed.
  • Movie theaters and performing arts venues are limited to 50 guests or 50% capacity.
  • Museums and zoos are limited to 25% capacity with tours limited to 50 people or less.
  • Gyms are open at 50% capacity and all patrons must wear masks.
  • Social distancing and face coverings are required whenever possible.
  • Advanced ticketing/reservations are encouraged whenever possible.