Use This Tool To Track Illinois’ Reopening Plan By Phase, Region And Address

Phase 3 A photo illustration of the reopening widget with people wearing masks in the background.
Paula Friedrich, Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Phase 3 A photo illustration of the reopening widget with people wearing masks in the background.
Paula Friedrich, Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Use This Tool To Track Illinois’ Reopening Plan By Phase, Region And Address

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker released a five-stage reopening plan for the state on May 5. The plan divides the state into four regions that can move through the stages independently of one another.

This tool, presented in collaboration with The Chicago Reporter, allows you to search an address to see which region it’s in and the current phase of that region. It also lays out what these phases will look like — what’s open, what’s restricted and who’s encouraged to work from home.

To move onto the next phase of the plan, a region must not exceed defined benchmarks for case growth and must have sufficient supplies, hospital capacity and testing. The governor’s office warns that any region in Illinois could move back to previous phases “if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.” Here’s a guide to assess the transmission risk of resuming common group activities as businesses and public areas reopen, according to a panel of infectious disease and public health experts.

Note: Illinois is a home rule state, which means many municipalities, such as Chicago, may set their own stricter reopening guidelines. Municipalities may not set guidelines that are less stringent than the state’s, though there are several pending legal challenges to the governor’s order.