Chicago and the rest of Illinois will fully reopen this Friday, June 11.
The day has finally come that Chicago will move into Phase 5 reopening the city entirely and ending all capacity limits and restrictions at bars, restaurants, and businesses across the city. Previously planned to take place next month on July 4, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady last week announced that Chicago would reopen this week due to the “fantastic progress” the city is making.
To celebrate the reopening and the lifting of all capacity restrictions, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and many of Chicago’s most popular museums and attractions have announced that they will stay open extra late this Friday in celebration.
Shedd Aquarium announced that as well as extending opening hours to 9 pm just on Friday, thereafter masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated guests, some beloved aquarium activities will return, and capacity will be increased week by week. Another tweet invited guests to visit the museum during late hours “to experience live outdoor music, meet the animals and their caretakers and more!”
The Field Museum is another to join the Shedd Aquarium in extending its opening hours and will likewise be open until 9 pm this coming Friday evening rather than its usual 5 pm closing time. The museum also announced that it would then once again be open 7 days a week from Friday onwards.
Other museums extending opening hours are the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture which will all stay open until 10 pm Friday night!
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