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Lincoln Park’s Ultimate Guide to Reopening

Lincoln Park is the classic family favorite of all residents and travelers of Chicago but let’s face it, 2020’s summer plans have received a bit of a rework due to a certain pandemic that decided to show up earlier this year. After the city of Chicago temporarily quarantined to help stop the spread of COVID-19, since June the city has been slowly reopening with the concern of the resident’s health in mind. At this point in reopening, we have entered “phase four”, which has led to more businesses and entertainment opportunities to open their doors again. 

So What Does Phase Four Mean?

Phase four is the fourth step of the Protecting Chicago plan in place to cautiously reopen the city while simultaneously considering the health of citizens and travelers. During phase four, guidelines will include:

  • Bars, taverns, and breweries without a food license will only be allowed to serve customers if they offer outdoor seating. 
  • Indoor dining is available at 25% capacity.
  • Museums and Zoos may operate at 25% capacity.
  • Movie theatres and music venues may operate at 50% capacity.
  • Face masks and physical distancing are highly recommended and at times mandatory for entrance.


As for hotel and lodging facilities, the Willows Hotel is open and taking extra measures to assure the safety of all our guests including face mask enforcement, sanitization stations at check-in, no-contact housekeeping services, and more. 

What’s Open in Lincoln Park?

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most historic and gorgeous neighborhoods for visitors and residents alike. Much like the rest of the city, many of its timeless attractions and family-favorite restaurants temporarily closed back in March but has recently begun to reopen to the public as of July 24th

Stroll Through the Lincoln Park Zoo

Luckily, the Lincoln Park Zoo was one of the first attractions to reopen to the public and its vast gardens and large exhibits are a huge reason why. This zoo with free admission inherently provides a lot of room for physically-distanced fun, and the zoo has taken extra measures to ensure that the park’s capacity is adhering to city guidelines while visitors meet some of their favorite furry friends of the zoo again. 

Enjoy the Views at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Before you leave Lincoln Park proper, definitely make sure to check out the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, a reopened portion of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Renown architect Alfred Caldwell designed this garden as a hidden oasis in Chicago, with a waterfall and stream that’s designed to replicate a river running through a Midwestern prairie. The historic lily pool is the perfect place to take off the mask (or keep it on!) for an amazing family photo or instagram pic

Follow the Yellow Brick Road in Oz Park

While this year may have left us all understanding the quote “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore”, Lincoln Park is the perfect place for escaping to Oz and visiting Dorothy and her companions. While Chicago boasts countless parks in the many neighborhoods of the city, not many of these parks transport you to the wonderful world of the Wizard of Oz. Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park near Depaul’s campus, Oz Park features clever sculptures and artwork, grassy areas for sunbathing and walking trails to make the whole family feel like they’re following the yellow brick road. 

Explore Chicago Museums 

One of the most exciting parts of Chicago entering phase four has been the reopening of some of the best museums not only in the country, but in the world. Whether you want to marvel at the ancient tomb of an Egyptian mummy or want to get up close to beluga whales, Chicago’s museum scene has a favorite for just about anyone. 


Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is ready for you to dive back in, but does require tickets to be purchased in advance


Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re looking for a serene and relaxed way of getting back into Chicago’s museum scene, the Museum of Contemporary Art is where you’ll wanna be because admission is FREE all weekends in August. 


Field Museum 

The Field Museum is open and Sue is excited to welcome back visitors. Make sure to check out the Know Before You Go guide before visiting.


Art Institute of Chicago

What better way to enjoy beautiful sites while physically distancing than by visiting one of the best art museums in the world? The Art Institute is back and requires tickets to be purchased in advance


Need Hotel Accommodations?

All hotels under Broughton’s portfolio are Clean+Safe Certified by the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association and are taking extra measures to ensure guest satisfaction and safety. 


The Willows Hotel

Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train


The City Suites Hotel

In the heart of Boystown, accessible by the Red Line train


The Majestic Hotel

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train


The Ivy Hotel 

Located near the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Loop

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