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:
- Governor JB Pritzker has issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The order will be in effect from March 21 until the end of the day May 30.
- People may leave their homes to go to grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside, and go to the pharmacy. Please follow social distancing practices.
- Local roads, including interstate highways and tollways, as well as public transit, will remain open and operating.
- Many non-essential businesses will be closed, please reach out to individual businesses for more information. Hotels are allowed to remain open and restaurants are able to continue offering delivery and carry-out service.
- Explore virtual Chicago experiences and events for things to do at home.
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has released a 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.
- Currently, there are no 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
- All bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to the public for dine-in service through May 30. Delivery and carryout options are still available at many establishments.
- The state is working closely with restaurant owners and food delivery services to ensure kitchens can safely remain open to continue food delivery and put in place drive-thru and curbside pickup options for restaurants to continue to serve the public.
- Hotel restaurants, cafes, and markets may continue to provide room service and/or carry-out.
- Find carry-out and delivery options from more than 1,000 Chicago restaurants from Dining at a Distance.
- Please check with individual hotels for information about availability.
Attractions and events
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered Chicago’s entire lakefront trail, adjacent parks, 606 Trail, and Riverwalk closed until further notice. The closures include all trails, bike paths, green spaces, facilities, and parks adjacent to the lakefront.
- Illinois state parks will be open for limited use, effective May 1. All visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, educational programs, beaches, special events, and concessions will remain closed.
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ban, which begins March 16, applies to gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, private clubs and theaters. It does not apply to grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations banks, or shelters.
- All major sporting events with large spectator crowds should be cancelled until further notice. This should include school and college events as well as major league sporting events. The Governor has spoken with the owners of all the major sports teams in Illinois and they are in full support of these measures to protect the health of their fans and will cancel all games through May 30 at the earliest.
- All Illinois casinos will close in accordance to guidelines issued by the state gaming board, beginning March 16 until at least May 30.
- 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.