Just like the rest of the world, Chicago is still going through a cycle of closings and reopenings as the new year begins—and the switch-ups aren't over yet. As of January 23, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has moved the region of Illinois that houses Chicago to Tier 1 mitigations, allowing restaurants and bars to resume indoor dining and museums to welcome back guests. After several months under the strictest minitigations, the city is beginning to open back up again.
Though the loosening of restrictions is a welcome development for struggling local businesses, it does not signal the end of the pandemic. While vaccines are slowly being administered, a more contagious strain of the virus is present in the city after being found in a Chicago resident. The current forecast for widespread availability of the vaccine is sometime this summer, so if you're planning to eat out or visit a cultural institution, you should still be following the familiar precautions: Wear a mask and practice social distancing.
We've assembled the latest information about what's open in Chicago right now, according to the most recent regulations. Remember that not all businesses have decided to reopen—when in doubt, it's always best to call ahead.
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