Millennium Park reopens, Lakefront Trail set to open for commuting and exercising June 22

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CHICAGO — Millennium Park reopened to the public with some restrictions Monday, as Chicago slowly opens back up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Monday, groups of 10 or less can visit the park from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., while social distancing and masks are still required.

Access to some elements of the park remains limited. The Bean can only be viewed from a distance, so people are not crowded together while touching it. Crown Fountain is open, but the water has not been turned on. Maggie Daley Park is also open.

There are now designated entrances and exits for Millennium Park as well, with entry to the park at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street and the exit at Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard. Capacity will be limited, so access may close temporarily if too many people show up.

Last week, the Chicago Park District eased restrictions on lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive and reopened field houses.

Visitors return to Millennium Park in Chicago Monday

Lakefront Trail to reopen June 22

Parts of Chicago’s lakefront trail will reopen to people who are “in constant motion” starting June 22, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said Monday.

From 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, the trail will be open to people who follow the city’s “keep it moving” strategy while doing activities like walking, running and cycling. Even as the trail reopens, some sections remain closed due to rising lake levels and erosion.

All other lakefront amenities including outdoor fitness equipment, playgrounds, pools, courts, athletic fields and beaches remain closed, as do beaches and parks east of Lake Shore Drive.

Stationary activities like congregating, fitness classes, barbecues, suntanning and picnicking will not be allowed, according to the Chicago Park District.

To limit access to the park, only about half of the more than 50 entry points will be open, and parking lots nearby the trail will also remain closed.

“Social Distancing Ambassadors” stationed along the trail will monitor safety by providing guidance about face masks and health and safety guidelines.

Read the full news release from the mayor’s office here:

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