The health and safety of visitors and residents is of the utmost importance to us. Chicago is closely monitoring the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and staying in contact with federal, state, and local public health authorities. We’re committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information to help you stay safe while traveling and during your visit. Here’s what you need to know:
- 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.
- 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. This currently includes the following states, as of Sept. 29:
- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
- Currently, there are no federal restrictions on travel within the U.S.
- All non-U.S. citizens who have visited one of these countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States:
- European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
- United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- Republic of Ireland
Health & safety
- As Chicago begins to reopen, the safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance to us. Learn about the latest health and safety guidelines during Phase Four of the Protecting Chicago plan.
- All visitors and residents are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public.
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries are open for outdoor seating, limited indoor seating, carryout, and delivery.
- Indoor seating is operating at limited capacity: 25% for bars, 40% capacity for restaurants (50 people maximum).
- The maximum party size per table is six people; service at bars is limited to two hours per table.
- Customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking.
- Restaurants and bars may remain open until 1:30 a.m.
- Explore Chicago restaurants open for delivery, carryout, and indoor/outdoor dining.
- 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.
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.
- 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.