Chicago is now open across industries with no capacity restrictions, following local and state guidance. Many Chicago establishments continue to follow additional safety measures, such as vaccine requirements, masking, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning. Learn more about the latest COVID-19 updates in Chicago.
- Proof of vaccination for indoor public places: The city of Chicago will require patrons of certain indoor spaces to be vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning Jan. 3, 2022.
- Masks: Masks are required while indoors in public places, regardless of vaccination status.
- Reopening: The city of Chicago is reopened across industries as of June 11, 2021.
- Travel advisory: The city of Chicago has a travel advisory for unvaccinated travelers coming from certain destinations.
- International travel: All vaccinated international visitors are now able to travel to the United States. There are no bans on travel from specific countries.
- Gatherings: There are currently no limits on private social gatherings.
Proof of vaccination in indoor spaces
- The city of Chicago will require proof of full vaccination for patrons of certain indoor public spaces, starting Jan. 3, 2022. All patrons over the age of 5 years old must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter these locations.
- Indoor areas that will require proof of vaccination include indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment and recreation venues where food or beverage are served.
- Accepted forms of verification include a valid photo ID (ages 16 and up) and a vaccination card, photocopy of vaccination card, digital record/app, or printed record from vaccine provider. Learn more about the vaccine requirement for indoor spaces.
- The city of Chicago has issued a travel advisory that advises unvaccinated travelers from certain states to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine upon arrival. Travelers are encouraged to delay travel until fully vaccinated.
- All international travelers coming into the United States must be fully vaccinated. If traveling by air, all non-U.S. citizens will need proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. There are no bans on travel from specific countries.
- Chicago’s international airports offer the nation’s most comprehensive in-airport COVID-19 testing program. Learn more about airport testing and safety measures.
- All establishments with indoor dining will require proof of full vaccination for patrons age 5 and older beginning Jan. 3, 2022. This includes restaurants, bars, coffee shops, food courts, breweries/wineries, and more.
- Chicago restaurants and bars are currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout with no restrictions on capacity or table size.
- Masks are required for all patrons indoors when not eating or drinking.
- Chicago hotels are open and welcoming guests. Please check with individual hotels for information about availability.
Attractions and events
- Chicago attractions, museums, sports arenas, and performance venues are open with no restrictions on capacity limits.
- Masks are required for all patrons indoors.
- All attractions and event venues that serve food indoors will require proof of full vaccinationbeginning Jan. 3, 2022. This includes movie theatres, music and concert venues, sports arenas, performing arts theaters, and more.
- Some venues may require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of indoor dining. Check with individual venues for details.
- Public events have resumed with no capacity limits. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test may be required for entry.
- All attractions and events are subject to changes and closures. We strongly recommend confirming the status of attractions and upcoming events by reaching out directly to the attraction, venue, or ticket provider before proceeding.
Health & safety
- The health and safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance to us. Learn about health and safety precautions at Chicago’s restaurants, businesses, hotels, airports, and more.
Healthy travel tips
We encourage all visitors to use their own discretion and follow all travel best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Learn more about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s five-phase framework, Protecting Chicago, that outlines her plan for safely reopening the city.
- Governor JB Pritzker also shared a five-phase plan, Restore Illinois, with benchmarks and guidelines for reopening the state while protecting public health.
- The City of Chicago shares local updates, travel alerts and tips to help minimize risk.
- The State of Illinois shares daily state-wide updates and advice.
- The U.S. Travel Association offers healthy travel practices and guidance for travelers.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features the latest global updates, health and travel information and guidance for large gatherings.
- The World Health Organization offers advice, reports and updates on the outbreak.