Chicago fully reopens on Friday! Here are some things to know:
The reopening means crowds of all sizes are allowed in restaurants. It's great news for still-struggling businesses as venues can return to full capacity without social distancing.
The state is still battling COVID, but the latest case numbers are low enough to reopen safely.
Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement Thursday: "I invite all Illinoisans to feel the hope and joy of this moment while also recognizing that this pandemic is still very present for the world at large... As we take this next step forward, let's do so with a renewed commitment to empathy, to community, and to making each day together count. You did it, Illinois."
Also, the Cubs are doing their home opener...again!
Wrigley Field is about to become the most visible indicator that the city is fully reopened. The Cubs are calling it Opening Day 2.0.
They're excited to welcome fans back to the ballpark at full capacity for the first time in September 2019.
The Cubs are kicking off a three-game homestand against their division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.
As part of the move to Phase 5, the club has amended its health and safety protocols. Starting Friday, outdoor and indoor capacity restrictions will be lifted, physical distancing will no longer be required in the ballpark and pod-style seating will be eliminated.
Bill Murray is going to be singing the 7th inning stretch!