6 Chicago attractions open to visitors in July

With the continued (and cautious) implementation of Phase 4 in Chicago, we are seeing more and more businesses and attractions reopen across the city. Many of us are eager to regain some semblance of normalcy – at least when it comes to our summer activities – but many of us also exercise great caution when considering taking advantage of the warm weather. Check out these Chicago attractions reopening to locals and tourists, and implementing sanitization measures, face mask requirements, timed entry procedures, and a number of additional precautions.

Photo credit: Navy Pier

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875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60611

From the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, you can once again admire the entire city center like Mufasa and Simba overlooking the savannah. You might not be Simba, and all that the light touches won’t someday be yours, but at least if you’re a Chicago resident with a zip code 606, you can get 50% off tickets all year round with a valid ID.

Photo credit: Lincoln Park Zoo Facebook page

2001 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614

As always, the Lincoln Park Zoo remains free but requires reservations in order to preserve social distancing within the zoo. For now, many indoor animal spaces will be closed, but the grounds will be open for walking around and making new animal friends (human friends should keep their distance).

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Photo credit: Millennium Park Facebook

201 E Randolph St, Chicago IL 60601

The home of the Bean (or Cloud Gate, to some), the Crown Fountain, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is now open to groups of 10 or less, as long as everyone in those groups has masks and physically distancing themselves. Even the large lawn has reopened with painted circles that provide a visual aid for conscientious social distancing.

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Photo credit: Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611

Many of the pier’s outdoor dining establishments are open for business, as well as Crystal Gardens and Chicago Sports & Novelty. Really, during these short summer months most of the fun and quality time to spend is outdoors anyway, preferably with an ice cream cone or tamales.

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Photo credit: Shedd aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60605

If you’ve watched Instagram videos of Wellington (a resident penguin in Shedd) and are ready to visit him in person, you’re in luck! The Shedd Aquarium reopens July 3 and requires face coverings and advance purchase of scheduled entry tickets.

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Photo credit: Maggie Daley Park

337 E Randolph St, Chicago IL 60601

The alleys of the park, the Rink Café and the mini-golf are now open, as well as the “ribbon”, where you can roller-skate or use a scooter; until recently you had to bring your own equipment to the ribbon, but rollerblade and scooter rentals are again available on site. If your kids have been bouncing off the walls in your house in recent months, this might be a great place to hang out (with face masks on).

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Featured Image Credit: Maggie Daley Park


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