Chicago Lakefront and Bars to Reopen-What You Should Know


The reopen dates have been announced for the lakefront and bars in Chicago:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced plans to reopen the city's lakefront and area bars, but with some changes and new restrictions in place.

Beginning June 22, the Lakefront Trail will open east of Lake Shore Drive from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, but constant motion will be required. Beaches and parks east of Lake Shore Drive will remain closed, however.

The 18-mile Lakefront Trail will be open for exercise and transit only, and no other recreational activities will be allowed, the mayor's office said, stating "Chicagoans must abide by a 'keep it moving' strategy where only walking, running, biking, and rollerblading will be allowed."

You will probably see Social Distancing Ambassadors to help with the flow of traffic.

As for bars:

In addition, bars, taverns and breweries can offer outside services beginning Wednesday.

That means outdoor patios, rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs and indoor spaces where 50% or more of a wall can be removed by opening windows, doors, or panels.

Additionally, venues with a Tavern License will now be eligible for an Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit, which will allow them to expand outdoor seating on their properties, including in parking lots.

Bars and breweries may also participate if they are on some of the streets across the city closing to traffic to allow for outdoor seating.

This is all exciting! Where are you going to go first?

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