Chicago Reopening Lakefront, Bars

Mayor Lori Lightfoot today announced the reopening dates for bars and breweries—June 17—and the Lakefront Trail—June 22. The decision to further re-open was based on the continued positive trend in the data metrics monitored by the Chicago Dept. of Public Health over the past several weeks. June 17 was chosen as it is two weeks from the beginning of phase three, and the incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to extend to 14 days.

“We are thrilled to be taking these long-awaited steps forward in reopening our city by safely bringing our bars back online with outside service, and, of course, taking our first, cautious move toward reopening our beloved lakefront,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Though we still have a long way to go before life fully returns to normal, we are able to make these important steps thanks to the commitment and collaboration with our local businesses who have been true partners throughout this unprecedented crisis, as well as our fellow Chicagoans who have done their part to keep their communities protected by being responsible and preventing the spread of this disease.”