As of today, Chicago is more back to “normal” than it has been in weeks. The city reopened access to downtown yesterday, including the resumption of CTA bus and train service that had been restricted after looting two weekends ago. A section of Lake Shore Drive that had been closed was reopened, and ramp closings on I-90/94 and I-290 were removed. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced yesterday she was lifting, effective immediately, the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew that went in place after looting.
Today the city is reopening many parks and libraries that were closed due to coronavirus precautions. The Chicago Park District said people can return to lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive, including Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, Harold Washington Park and Jackson Park. All park field houses will be reopened from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for washrooms and shelter. The park district also said the Jackson Park Golf Course and Diversey Driving Range will reopen today.
Also today, the Harold Washington Library Center and many neighborhood library branches are reopening, although with social distancing and other safety guidelines in place. Those include restricted capacity, guided paths through aisles, and safe spacing of computers and furniture. Staff and patrons will be required to wear face masks.