Here's What's Open in Chicago

Posted: July 25, 2020

Some of Chicago's best local attractions are now open, including museums, zoos, outdoor destinations and more. It's time to plan an outing with your family!

Keep in mind that things will be different. All locations are following safety guidelines, and here are a few basic expectations:
  • Face coverings are required for anyone age 2 and older, outdoors included.
  • Visitors must maintain 6 feet of space from others not in your group.
  • No gathering in groups of more than 10.
  • Follow designated paths or foot traffic patterns where required.
  • If you feel any signs of illness, STAY HOME!.
Here's a quick checklist for your outings:
  • Bring your credit card. Most locations will not handle cash.
  • Bring a water bottle. Drinking fountains will be off.
  • Bring snacks; many regular food options will be closed.
  • Bring your mask. No mask, no entry.
  • Travel light. Checkrooms will not be open.
  • Be Kind. Respect others.
Now go have some fun!

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Shedd Aquarium welcomes guests to the aquarium again with stringent measures in place to create a safe and enriching experience with the aquatic animal world. The hourly capacity in the building is limited to provide plenty of space for guests to comfortably explore. Timed entry will keep an even flow of guests throughout the day, and guests will choose an available entry time when purchasing tickets online. Unavailable areas include The Aquatic Presentation, 4D Theater and several high-touch play areas will not be available. Stingray Touch will be open, weather permitting and Yes, you can touch! Scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20-seconds keeps you and the animals safe. Sea Star Touch and Sturgeon Touch are view-only to allow for social distancing. Read more...

The Field Museum

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Opens July 24. The number of visitors each day will be limited to 25% of the building’s capacity. With nearly half a million square feet of public space, this will offer room for visitors spread out and comfortably enjoy the visit. The Museum recommends purchasing your tickets online in advance to secure your preferred date and time and to have a contactless experience when you arrive. Online orders also get a $3 discount on the All-Access Pass and up to 15% off the cost of membership. All tickets have an entry time. Members can reserve a free timed-entry ticket online. Read more...

Architecture Boat Tours

Northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr., Chicago
For more than 25 years, the CAC's expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you'll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history. Now, Chicago’s First Lady is committed to taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of river cruise guests and team. , including ensuring that boats are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and their service. Read more...

Maggie Daley Park

337 E Randolph St, Chicago
The fieldhouse is open for shelter and restroom use, and green spaces, walkways, Rink Cafe, miniature golf, scooter/roller blade ribbon and trampoline bungee are also open. The roller blade and scooter ribbon is available to use with your own equipment, our rental counter is open Sunday-Thursday 12pm-6pm and Friday and Saturday 12pm-8pm. The Playgarden remains closed until further notice, and the Climbing Wall is closed for the season. Masks are required at all times. Read more...

Chicago Dogs at Impact Field

Balmoral Avenue and Pearl Street, Rosemont
The Chicago Dogs are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager Butch Hobson. The world-class ballpark, Impact Field, is located in the heart of Rosemont’s entertainment district near O’Hare Airport. The Chicago Dogs will host home games at Impact Field starting July 24, with a limited fan-base back to Impact Field (20% capacity), and with a comprehensive COVID-19 action plan to keep fans, players and staff safe. Read more...

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo is open again with reservations required for your free visit. Reservations spots are released every Monday and Thursday at 4 p.m. For the safety and health of our staff and guests, the zoo’s daily programming has been temporarily suspended, including animal chats and Malott Family Penguin Encounters. Most buildings, including animal buildings, will remain closed until further notice. Attractions, including the Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, are currently closed. Read more...

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago
The Garfield Park Conservatory is open with decreased capacity and timed entry to manage the number of visitors per hour. Timed entry will be in 90 minute intervals from 11am to 5:30pm with the last entry at 5:30pm. Book a reservation for a specified date and time online through the website or by phone. At this time, the Play & Grow Garden and Artist's Garden are not open. All in-person programming is cancelled through the end of the year. Read more...

Millennium Park

201 E Randolph St, Chicago
The park is open daily, 8am to 9pm, for groups of 10 persons or fewer who practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Guests are asked to enter/exit at Michigan Ave. and Madison St., at Michigan Ave. and Washington St or via the BP Bridge between Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. Open areas include the Chase Promenades with views of Cloud Gate; Boeing Galleries and exhibitions; The Great Lawn; Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain and Wrigley Square without the water features; BP Bridge; and McDonald's Cycle Center. At this time, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Welcome Center remain closed. The restrooms at the western side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion are open with limited capacity, and The Park Grill Café outdoor plaza is open. Read more...

Chicago History Museum

1601 N Clark St, Chicago
The Chicago History Museum now encourages visitors to reserve tickets in advance online. Museum capacity will be limited to 275 people at a time. Tickets will be timed-entry, so please be sure to plan your visit within those entry timeframes. Capacity and hours may be limited, visit the web site before you visit to see most current details. Read more...

Brookfield Zoo

First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
Brookfield Zoo is open with limited guest capacity to ensure safe social distancing within the 216-acre park. Tickets are required in advance, and reservation times are available in 20-minute increments. Everyone must reserve and secure a ticket online before visiting Brookfield Zoo - no tickets will be sold onsite. All indoor spaces are temporarily closed. Seasonal food stands and walk-up carts are open. While at the zoo, enjoy DINOS EVERYWHERE through October - over 40 animatronic dinosaurs including the argentinosaurus that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons. Read more...

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
Members and non-members are welcomed to the Botanice Garden with pre-registered timed entry. The number of cars is limited to overcrowding and jeopardizing the ability of people to safely social distance. Preregistration is open through September 7. There is no entry without a reservation, and entries will not be available at the door. Parking fees apply. Masks are required to enter the grounds through the main building, and required outdoors when you are not able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Read more...

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
The MCA opens up on July 24, with free admission through August. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, with 8 exhibitions on view. The first hour of each day from 11 am–noon, is reserved for people at an increased risk. To manage occupancy, guests are asked to reserve a free admission ticket online prior to visiting. Limited tickets will also be available at the admissions desk on the first floor. The museum has created a dedicated visitor path that traverses all of the galleries to ensure safe social distancing, with the entrance is on Pearson Street and the exit is through the MCA Store. Read more...

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Robie House, and The Rookery Light Court

Interior and exterior tours have resumed at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Robie House, and The Rookery Light Court. Tour groups size has been reduced to just eight per tour, and tour routes are been adjusted to help visitors maintain physical distancing. Outdoor tour options have increased, and entrances, exits, and traffic paths are clearly marked to help visitors maintain physical distancing. Ticket and shop purchases are credit card only. Read more...

Morton Arboretum

4100 IL-53, Lisle
The Morton Arboretum is opening its grounds and buildings in phases, with adjusted hours and operations aimed at protecting public health. The Visitor Center, The Arboretum Store, and the Ginkgo café are currently open with modified operations. Timed-entry member passes are available for reservation and are required for all members except President's Council and Thornhill Society members. As a special benefit, members have exclusive access to the Arboretum from 7:00–9:00 a.m. daily before the grounds open to guests. Guests can access the Arboretum beginning at 9:00 a.m daily. Advanced timed-entry tickets will be required for all guests to ensure paced arrivals and safe attendance levels. Read more...

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Navy Pier is open for visitors following stringent safety guidelines. While many attractions are option, the followed are closed: Centennial Wheel, Pier Park attractions, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children's Museum, and IMAX at AMC Theater. All Fireworks shows will be canceled until further notice. Read more...

Willis Tower Skydeck

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago
Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. The Skydeck has reopened with protocols in place to help ensure a safe, memorable and enjoyable experience. Skydeck has implemented a comprehensive program that includes timed ticketing, limited entries, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures that are in accordance with local and federal requirements, including CDC guidelines. Reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee access. Read more...

Chicago 360

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck, located 1,000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is also the home of TILT, an enclosed moving platform that literally TILTs you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th Floor. Operation is with limited guest capacity, and you are ecouraged to purchase tickets online in advance. The bar and café will offer grab and go food options and disposable service items such as cups and flatware. Read more...

Museum of Science & Industry

5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
MSI opens August 1, with free admission through August 14. Visiting MSI requires timed admission tickets—available online—to reduce waiting and increase physical distancing. Capacity is also limited to levels below city and state requirements. Some exhibits and experiences are modified to create physical distancing, increase movement and reduce contact. A few experiences where these measures aren’t immediately possible have been temporarily closed including The Idea Factory, Future Energy Chicago, Coal Mine and tours inside the U-505 Submarine. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reserve your tickets in advance online. Read more...