The trails have been closed off since March.
Lori Lightfoot announced this morning that The 606 elevated trail system will be reopened to the public next Monday, June 22.
In the past few weeks, Chicago has seen a gradual reopening of the city. Navy Pier, The Riverwalk, and Millennium Park are now open to the public with certain regulations. Additionally, bars and breweries reopened for outdoor seating just yesterday.
“We are thrilled to be taking these long-awaited steps forward in reopening our city by safely bringing our bars back online with outside service, and, of course, taking our first, cautious move toward reopening our beloved lakefront,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
When Lightfoot made the announcement about the reopening of bars and breweries, she also said that the Lakefront Trail would reopen to the public on June 22. As per the city’s cautious reopening plan, the trail would be available for the sole purpose of exercise, e.g. rollerblading, walking, running, or cycling — or otherwise activities in which visitors “keep it moving.”
In a press conference this morning, Lightfoot announced that The 606 Trail would reopen on the same date from 6am — 7pm with the same regulations. Those also include social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
“Like our lakefront, the 606 will be open to anyone looking for an opportunity to run, bike or walk or enjoy the outdoors from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
“But, also like on the lakefront, we’re gonna emphasize to keep it moving. … It’s critically important that we not congregate. Congregation is the worry and concern about spreading COVID-19, which still is very much in our presence.”
Earlier today, local billionaire, Ken Griffin, announced that he would be donating $4.75 million to help repair the Lakefront Trail as well as construct protection barriers for future storms.
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