Things to do in Chicago this weekend – NBC Chicago
Chicago will likely begin to feel a sense of normalcy again as the city moves into Phase 5, marking the first weekend of a full reopening of COVID-19 mitigation measures.
According to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, entering Phase 5 “will mean businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks and seated performance venues, among others, will be able to operate at full capacity. capacity for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “
Learn more about what COVID-19 guidelines change during phase 5
Here are some things to do in the city during the first weekend of its full reopening:
Visit a Chicago museum
Chicago museums are resuming normal opening hours this weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, as part of Chicago’s full reopening.
However, some museums will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols. The Shedd Aquarium still asks visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks.
Watch a Cubs game at full capacity
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, hosted fans at full capacity on Friday for the afternoon game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
the Cubs will stay in Chicago this weekend, replay the Cardinals on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 6:08 p.m.
The Chicago White Sox guaranteed rate field will increase to 100% capacity on June 25.
Savor a bite to eat at Chicago restaurants indoors or out
Chicago restaurants and bars will be allowed to return to full capacity during Phase 5, and allow fully vaccinated guests to walk around without face coverings.
However, some establishments may choose to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place until further notice.
As Chicago expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend, many might be looking for places to drink and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.
Choose Chicago has offered a list of places that currently offer outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:
Avli Tavern: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd Street
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor Street
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie St.
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Avenue
Wood: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.
Browse the old town art fair
Artists from all over the country come to Old town for the iconic art fair this weekend, located at 1763 N. North Park Ave.
Visitors can register to avoid the queues for Saturday or Sunday, according to the show’s Facebook page.
Take a trip south to see Cavern Opening Weekend for the first time in over 10 years
The southern Illinois caves will reopen to the public for the first time in more than 10 years, after being closed due to extreme caution, officials said.
The southern attraction reopened on Wednesday, as another place residents can take advantage of as the state moves into Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan. Until October, the caves will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a swing at the Maggie Daley Park mini-golf course
The 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon changes to welcome users of scooters, rollerblades and roller skates. Weekend rentals are now available.
Choose seasonal produce at a town farmer’s market
As the city enters Phase 5, more farmer’s markets across Chicago will begin to welcome residents for the 2021 season.
While some markets have not announced official plans for a summer reopening, others have released schedules and information regarding upcoming launches after last year’s closures due to the COVID pandemic.
Cruise down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan by boat, kayak
Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Boat trips to Wendella require passengers to wear face coverings when on board the ship and practice social distancing.
Relax on Chicago’s recently opened beaches
Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan were opened to the public with lifeguards on duty over Memorial Day weekend and saw many residents come out to enjoy the water.
The more than two dozen beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan will reopen on Friday, said Mike Kelly, superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.