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Last updated on September 25 at 2 p.m.
Protests, Rallies & Traffic Impacts
Please be advised of large crowds and possible traffic interruptions.
Saturday, September 26 (8-9:30 a.m.)
9/26 Chicago: Justice for Breonna Taylor Run/Walk
This group will assemble and march beginning at Michigan Avenue and Ida B. Wells Drive.
Saturday, September 26 (noon)
Paint 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' Mural
This portable mural will be painted and a march will take place at State and Lake.
Saturday, September 26 (noon)
Say Her Name Rally
This rally will take place at Daley Plaza - 50 W. Washington.
Sunday, September 27 (noon)
Illinois Handmaids Tribute To R.B.G
This rally will take place at Federal Plaza - 230 S. Dearborn.
Wednesday, September 30 (9:30-11 a.m.)
SFC Rose's Law Day of Action
This group will assemble at Pritzker Park - 310 S. State.
Wednesday, September 30 (5 p.m.)
Possible protest related to Breonna Taylor announcement
This protest will take place at Millennium Park - 201 E. Randolph.
Thursday, October 1 (3:30-6:30 p.m.)
This group will assemble at the former Columbus Statue in Grant Park - 354 W. Roosevelt Road.
Bridge LiftsDuring these “boat runs,” the bridges are typically raised one at a time, with each bridge lift taking an average of 8-12 minutes. While the bridge is in the upright position, traffic is halted, and drivers may use alternate streets or wait until the bridge is lowered.
Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct.14 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.
A list of affected bridges within the Loop:
- Lake Shore Drive
- Columbus Dr.
- Michigan Ave.
- Wabash Ave.
- State St.
- Dearborn St.
- Clark St.
- La Salle St.
- Wells St.
- Franklin St.
- Lake St.
- Randolph St.
- Washington St.
- Madison St.
- Monroe St.
- Adams St.
- Jackson Blvd.
- Van Buren St.
Travelers from some states ordered to quarantine
The Chicago Department of Public Health has issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order mirrors action taken in New York and other states to further contain local spread of COVID-19. It applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over a seven-day rolling average. When the order goes into effect on July 6, travelers from the following states, including Chicago residents returning from these states, will be directed to quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Fall and winter COVID-19 outdoor dining guidance
On September 18, the City of Chicago released this document providing guidance for restaurants and bars to continue operating outdoors safely and responsibly through fall and winter. As a reminder, all outdoor spaces must have a Sidewalk Café Permit, Outdoor Patio License, or an Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit.
COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms, and salons
- Bars, taverns, breweries, and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.
- Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations.
- Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service as they did under phase three.
- Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, and breweries will be reduced to six people.
- Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people.
- Personal services requiring the removal of face coverings will no longer be permitted (shaves, facials, etc.).
- Residential property managers will be asked to limit guest entry to five per unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties.
Chicago 'Gradually Resumes'
As of June 26, Chicago will operate within phase four of the "Protecting Chicago" framework, following industry-specific guidelines. This aligns with the State of Illinois, which will also operate within phase four of the "Restore Illinois" framework beginning June 26. All residents over the age of 2 are still required to wear masks in public places where they can't maintain a 6-foot social distance.
The following industries will open under industry-specific guidelines and restrictions for the first time at the beginning of phase four in Chicago:
- Indoor seating in bars and restaurants
- Museums and zoos
- Performance venues
- Summer camps / youth activities
Phase four will also include adjustments to other industries that have previously reopened.
To inform businesses of the new guidelines for phase four, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will hold a series of educational webinars the week of June 22. Webinars will be held for newly reopening industries such as arts/performance venues and museums and industries that will be following new guidelines in phase four, such as health and fitness centers and personal services. To register and learn more, visit chicago.gov/businessworkshops.
Protecting Chicago Phased Reopening
Learn more about the plan here.
Restore Illinois Phased Reopening
Governor J.B. Pritzker continues to follow the state’s phased reopening plan, Restore Illinois, with some new geographical adjustments. The plan divides Illinois into 11 regions, including one region for the city of Chicago alone, with a five-phased approach to revitalization for the state. The State of Illinois is currently within phase four of the "Restore Illinois" framework. All residents over the age of 2 are still required to wear masks in public places where they can't maintain a 6-foot social distance. Read industry specific state guidelines on Phase 4 here.
We recommend consulting the following websites for the most up to date information regarding the virus:
- City of Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19
- World Health Organization COVID-19
COVID-19 resources from Chicago Loop Alliance:
- What's open in the Loop?
- Resources for economic assistance
- Resources for the unemployed during COVID-19
- How to help the homeless
- How to support local business from home
- Your Communications Strategy for the COVID-19 Crisis: A Letter to CEOs
COVID-19 TESTING IN THE LOOP
Testing for COVID-19 is available at Michigan Avenue Primary Care, 181 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1720. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. A video consultation with a provider to determine the appropriate test and timing is required. Testing is then by appointment. They offer both tests for active COVID infection, and IgG antibody testing for prior COVID infection. Information on statewide testing sites can be found here.
Sign up for new emergency alert system for businesses
The city of Chicago is rolling out a new program to provide emergency alerts to businesses. Local business owners can text "CHIBIZ" to 67283 or visit chicago.gov/chibizalerts to opt in to get the alerts. Businesses will be asked to submit some details specific to their business so that the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication can send targeted alerts to specific areas of the city, as needed.
View CTA updates here.
PACEView PACE updates here.
View Metra updates here.
- South Shore Line
View South Shore Line updates here.
- Divvy Bike Sharing
View Divvy Bike updates here.
In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, streets in your area will be posted as a NO
PARKING/TOW ZONE during the following dates/times:
Sunday, October 4 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- North side of 100-300 E. Monroe
If you have any questions, concerns or special needs, please contact:
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