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Millennium Park Great Lawn
Photograph: Heidi Zeiger, Chicago Mayor's Office

Millennium Park’s Great Lawn has reopened with social distancing circles

Claim a spot in one of the park's largest green spaces, which has been closed to visitors for several months.
Written by
Zach Long

Millennium Park began reopening to visitors last week, allowing people to access the Chase Promenade, the Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain and Wrigley Square. Today, the Great Lawn joined the fray, reopening with social distancing circles painted on the grass that will help groups stay 6 feet apart from one another while still being able to enjoy the sights in one of Chicago's best parks.

The downtown park is currently accessible from an entrance at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, and guests are asked to exit Millennium Park at Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, with daily hours running from 8am to 9pm. There's a maximum capacity for the park (unfortunately, we don't know that is), which means that the entrance will close temporarily once the park it's full and presumably admit more people as visitors exit.

The social distancing circles on the great lawn seem to be inspired by a strategy being employed by parks throughout the United States, including cities like Brooklyn and San Francisco. While groups of up to 10 people are currently allowed in Millennium Park, we're not sure you'd be able to comfortably squeeze that many folks into one of the circles—you might have to reduce the guest list for your group outing to the park instead.

Check out some photos of the social distancing circles below and stay tuned to see if more Chicago parks implement this distancing strategy. Maybe the city can paint these circles around the Bean so that the plaza surrounding the reflective sculpture can reopen and Bean selfies can resume?

Millennium Park Great Lawn
Photograph: Heidi Zeiger, Chicago Mayor's Office

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