The health and safety of visitors and residents is of the utmost importance to us. We’re committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information to help you stay safe in Chicago. Here’s what you need to know:
- Reopening: Chicago is currently in Phase Four of its reopening plan.
- Travel restrictions: The city has issued a travel advisory applicable to anyone entering Chicago from designated states. The federal government is restricting travel from certain countries and requires a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers traveling to the U.S.
- Gatherings: All indoor social gatherings are limited to the lesser of 50 guests or 50% capacity. All outdoor gatherings are limited to the lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity.
- Mask mandate: All individuals over age two must wear a mask when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.
- What’s open: See the full list of what’s open in Chicago.
- The City of Chicago has issued an emergency travel order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to follow certain precautions, such as quarantine upon arrival or a negative COVID-19 test. Check the current list of states.
- All non-U.S. citizens who have visited certain countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States.
- All international air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
- Chicago’s international airports offer the nation’s most comprehensive in-airport COVID-19 testing program. Learn more about airport testing and safety measures.
- Restaurants and bars can offer indoor dining with 100 guests per room or 50% capacity (whichever is less)
- Six people maximum per table indoors and 10 people per table outdoors
- Bars and restaurants must have patrons off the premises by 1 a.m.
- Restaurants may continue to sell food via delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup at all hours.
Customers must wear face coverings at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking at all bars and restaurants.
Health & safety
- As Chicago reopens, the safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance to us. Learn about the latest health and safety precautions in place at Chicago’s restaurants, businesses, hotels, airports, and more.
- All visitors and residents are required to wear a face covering when in public.
- Please check with individual hotels for information about availability.
Attractions and events
- Chicago attractions, museums, and performance venues are open with additional safety measures and limited capacities. Check our what’s open page for more details.
- All Chicago parks and beaches are now open, including the Lakefront Trail.
- Indoor and outdoor sports venues are open with limited capacity.
- Festivals, farmers markets, and other general admission outdoor events are being held with limited capacities.
- 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.
Healthy travel tips
- We encourage all visitors to use their own discretion and follow all travel best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- 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.
- The City of Chicago shares local updates, travel alerts and tips to help minimize risk.
- The State of Illinois shares daily state-wide updates and advice.
- The U.S. Travel Association offers healthy travel practices and guidance for travelers.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features the latest global updates, health and travel information and guidance for large gatherings.
- The World Health Organization offers advice, reports and updates on the outbreak.