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Everything you need to know about Phase 3 of Chicago’s reopening plan

You'll be able to dine al fresco, get a hair cut and go shopping as local businesses begin to reopen under new safety guidelines.

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The "stay-at-home" order has officially expired and Chicago is beginning to cautiously reopen today, allowing many local businesses to welcome customers back for the first time in months. Wednesday, June 3 marks the beginning of Phase 3 of Chicago's reopening plan, which differs from the state's approach to reopening—Illinois ended its "stay-at-home" order and entered Phase 3 of its framework on Friday, May 29.

Many expected the city to delay its reopening timeline in light of recent protests, the enactment of a citywide curfew and limited access to the Loop. But after consulting with business owners, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has decided to move forward on June 3. Just don't expect your favorite place to open their doors today, or even this week. Many local businesses are recovering from recent damage, obtaining personal protective equipment for staff and determining how they can provide their services while keeping employees and customers safe. Rebounding from weeks of closure is going to take time, and we expect many businesses to approach the reopening with an abundance of warranted caution.

Over the past few weeks, we've been presented with a deluge of information about Phase 3 of Chicago's reopening plan, including specific safety guidelines for business and a pilot program that will allow some restaurants to seat diners on closed city streets. We've gathered all of our coverage of the Phase 3 reopening in one place, so you can easily track down the details you're looking for—and we'll continue to provide updates on businesses that are reopening as well as evolving safety guidelines.

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