COVID-19 updates


COVID-19 updates

Chicago updates: COVID-19

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:

Latest updates

  • 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.
  • 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 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.


Chicago restaurants and bars are currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Only establishments that allow food may open for indoor dining (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).

  • Restaurants are open with the following guidelines:
    • Restaurants can offer outdoor dining, takeout, delivery, and indoor dining with 50 guests per room or 50% capacity (whichever is less)
    • Six people maximum per table indoors and 10 people per table outdoors
    • All alcohol sales must stop at 11 p.m.; dine-in service stops at 1 a.m.
  • Bars, taverns or breweries that do not allow food are open with the following guidelines:
    • Bars can offer outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery
    • No indoor service
    • All alcohol sales must stop at 11 p.m.; dine-in service stops at 1 a.m.

Customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking at all bars and restaurants.

Find Chicago restaurants open for delivery, takeout, indoor dining, and outdoor dining.

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

  • Many Chicago attractions, museums, and performance venues are open with additional safety measures and limited capacities. Check our what’s open page for more details.
  • Most public gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice.
  • All Chicago parks, including the Lakefront Trail and lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive, are now open.
  • All Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites are now open to the public.
  • 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.

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