Things to do in Chicago during COVID-19
Chicago Entering Phase 4
Now that Chicago is entering Phase 4 of COVID-19 re-opening, residents can start exploring this buzzing city again. Facial coverings are almost always required when indoors, and most establishments are opening up at a 25% capacity. Despite these regulations, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy while in the Windy City! Below we’ve outlined the best things to do in Chicago during COVID-19.
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Explore Chicago Parks
There is no better way to social distance than by taking a stroll through Chicago’s famous parks. Not only is it relaxing to get some fresh air, but these particular parks offer sights and attractions galore!
Stretching 319-acres along the lakefront, Grant Park offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. Pro tip: pack a picnic to enjoy in the grass or sand on a beautiful summer day. You can walk or take a divvy bike down the shore to the iconic Buckingham Fountain. Surrounded by a stunning display of flowers and trees, this landmark will make you feel like royalty every time you stop by.
The most well-known park in Chicago, Millennium Park, houses the Cloud Gate sculpture (also known as “The Bean”), which never seems to lose its attraction to locals and tourists alike. After you take a selfie with The Bean, stroll on over to the Crown Fountain. This installation by Jaume Plensa displays videos of faces on two giant digital screens with water cascading off them. It is definitely a unique sight that you can’t miss!
Our favorite part of Lincoln Park is the free zoo that operates year-round! With 35-acres of exotic animals to discover, you’ll surely forget that you are in the heart of such a large, metropolitan city. Plus, the area surrounding the zoo boasts the Green City Farmers Market. You can find fresh produce and other artisan products at this market all summer long.
Garfield Park, located just a few miles west of downtown, is home to Garfield Conservatory, which houses a colorful and fantastic array of plant life. With various demonstrations and other popular events, there is always something exciting happening within this 184-acre urban park!
Discover Chicago’s Waters
Chicago takes great pride in its industrial roots, which stem from its proximity to Lake Michigan. Because of the Chicago River’s weaving path through the city, breathtaking boat tours of the shoreline are plenty. Plus, who doesn’t love a cocktail on the back of a boat?
Take a guided tour of Chicago’s unique architecture on Chicago’s First Lady cruises, which was voted #1 boat tour in the Windy City. With a drink in hand from their floating rooftop bar, the skyline will never look more beautiful.
If you are more in the mood for a full dining experience, check out Odyssey Cruises! They offer a full course brunch, lunch, and dinner options on the water. What better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying fine dining while you slowly glide through the cityscape!
If you are the adventuring type, the perfect way to spend your evening might be from your very own kayak. Look no further than Wateriders: Chicago River Kayak Tours and Rentals for all your water exploration needs! They host a menagerie of guided tours, ranging from sunset tours and a Navy Pier fireworks paddle, to what they call their “Ghost and Gangsters” paddle. The latter of which dives into the history of Chicago’s Wild West reputation!
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SkyDeck Chicago is the first place on our list! Soaring high above the city, the glass-encased ledge juts out from the building 1,353 feet in the air, offering an iconic profile pic.
Take a stroll down the Chicago Riverwalk for amazing food and views, or head up to Cindy’s Rooftop bar for a breathtaking backdrop and the best bird’s eye view of the skyline.
Hampton Social is known for its iconic “Rosé All Day” neon sign, alongside several other unique photo ops. Once you get the picture, stay for a delicious dinner!
Get yourself a draft oat milk latte from Colectivo Coffee on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, then take a stroll down the block to the “Greetings From Chicago” mural. This iconic art piece is a must-visit and even made it on our top picks of the best Chicago street art.
Then, check out the Monster Door at Big Monster Toys. Let your inner child out to play in front of this noteworthy door of epic proportions!
Museums (Socially Distanced, of Course)
Chicago’s museums are an excellent place to social distance, as everyone moves at their own pace. You can spend an entire afternoon just taking in the magnificence of some of the collections located in the Windy City. Plus, with limited capacity for indoor activities, you will have even more room to stretch your legs in these great spaces.
The Chicago History Museum will take you back to a time well before COVID-19. In fact, even before electricity was invented. Get some background on how Chicago became the great city that it is today in this informative museum.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) allows you to see a collection of pretty mind-blowing things firsthand. Spend your afternoon learning about Colleen Moore’s fairy castle or the world’s rarest bear— both of which are currently on exhibit at the MSI!
The Art Institute of Chicago is always a great choice. Home to art by Van Gogh, Seurat, Grant Wood, and many others, you can easily get lost in the Art Institute. Check out their upcoming exhibit: Monet and Chicago, which opens in early September!
The Museum of Contemporary Photography boasts a more intimate experience than some of the larger museums in Chicago, but it certainly still packs a punch! With the intention of becoming a social justice platform, the art at the Museum of Contemporary Photography reflects the world we currently experience and the unique problems we face. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on modern topics.
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