Several Chicago staples have opened this week making it feel much more like the summer in Chicago we all know and love. While there are restrictions in place, it’s time to safely return to some of our favorite attractions. As some of Chicago’s best spots begin to reopen, remember to continue social distancing and wear a face mask when out in public.
Bars and Breweries
Bars and breweries are now open in Chicago. Like restaurants, establishments are only allowed to open for outdoor service, but with the many great rooftops and patios in Chicago, this is not a problem at all. If you plan on going out, make sure your group has 6 people or less. Groups are allowed to stay at bars for 2 hours and alcohol sales end at 11 p.m.
Millenium Park is open for the summer. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. While the bean can only be viewed at a distance, visitors can see the park’s art and gardens as long as a face mask is worn. If planning to visit, be sure to use the entrance at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street.
Maggie Daley Park
If you were missing fun and games during quarantine, head to Maggie Daley Park’s mini golf course between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. The ribbon is also open for roller skating and blading and scooter riding. The rest of the park is opening according to Chicago’s phased opening plan. Be sure to check out their website for the latest updates.
Summer in Chicago is not complete without Navy Pier. Navy Pier has partially reopened and is working toward opening more of its attractions when it is safe to do so. For now, its restaurants are open with outdoor seating and boat tours have resumed. Its indoor attractions and rides remain closed until further notice. Check their website for the latest details.
A walk down the Chicago Riverfront and perhaps a stop for a drink and a delectable meal is possible again with the reopening of the Riverwalk. If you prefer to see Chicago from the water, sightseeing cruises are running again on the river. The Riverwalk is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. At 10 a.m. it will close for cleaning, but will open back up at 11 a.m. and restaurants will open at this time.
Runners, bikers, dog walkers and everyone else can finally enjoy Lake Michigan’s breeze and beautiful views again! The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can only be accessed from certain points in order to control crowds and ensure social distancing. Beaches remain closed for now, but Chicagoans who have been anxious to get back on the lakefront finally can as long as there is no gathering in large groups.
Written By: Kelly Pawlak