Venues, Museums and More Opening in Phase 4
25 June 2020
Starting tomorrow (June 26), Chicago is officially entering Phase 4 of Governor Pritzer’s reopening plan. What that means for cooped up Chicagoans: among other things, indoor seating in bars and restaurants, museums, zoos and performance venues are back open for business. For those of us that have seen one too many live streamed concerts, worked through our entire Netflix queue — and just generally miss visiting Chicago’s cultural institutions — we’re sharing our favorite venues, museums and more now open in Phase 4.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the first to announce concrete details for their Phase 4 reopening plan. Being an outdoor zoo certainly gives them an advantage when it comes to following city and state guidelines for safety. While their grounds are opening, all indoor buildings, including those housing animals, will remain closed for the time being. Guests are asked to wear face coverings and remain six feet social distance. And because the zoo is free, they’re taking extra precautions to limit occupancy — asking that you reserve your admission spot online ahead of time.
The Shedd Aquarium is the first of Chicago’s goliath cultural institutions to announce its official reopening plan. Slated to reopen on July 3, the museum has extensively outlined safety precautions it will take. Precautions include mask and social distancing requirements as well as staff temperature checks, online-only ticket purchases, increased cleaning regiments and redirected traffic flow. With museums opening at only 25% capacity, per required guidelines, be sure to book your tickets in advance here!
For movie buffs missing the old school theater experience, Classic Cinemas has begun opening its suburban locations and plans to open in Chicago during Phase 4. New health and safety measures for the theaters’ reopening include limited seating capacity, distance between groups, employee screening and vigilant sanitation. The theater encourages movie goers to wear masks until seated, to follow laid out instructions and to purchase tickets online beforehand. The theaters will open first planning cinematic classics, and then move on to showing blockbuster releases.
As Chicago continues to reopen, our favorite cultural institutions are keeping both our enjoyment and safety in mind — and may provide excellent models for other institutions to follow in their footsteps!