The entire state of Illinois moved to Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan in June. While we are far from being back to normal, the state has made great strides in operating under a “new normal” where health and safety are the priorities.
As Illinois residents and out-of-state visitors consider their plans for the summer and beyond, we know that health and safety will continue to be key factors in whether or not people choose to travel to or within Illinois. From hotels to attractions and everything in between, we encourage all businesses that are reopening to commit to following all guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone.
Chicago is now taking even more safety precautions with an Emergency Travel Order that requires a 14-day quarantine for people traveling from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The list of states will be updated every Tuesday starting July 14.
So many attractions around the state have reopened under the new guidelines and more are following. From outdoor adventures to indoor experiences, the state is beginning to offer things to do for locals and visitors alike.
Now there’s an escape for the heat as water parks can begin reopening. Raging Waves in Yorkville will open on July 12. Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee will reopen to members July 20 and to the public on July 27; and the Rockford location will host member preview days on July 20 and 21.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library opened its doors to the public on July 1, and just days later they welcomed their 5,000,000th visitor!
On July 15, the Illinois Holocaust Museum will reopen, and you can request free tickets for opening day. The Notorious RBG exhibit has also been extended to January 2021.
Kids will have open spaces to explore as Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo offer ticketed reservation systems.
Many businesses and attractions in Galena are back up and running, including Galena on the Fly and Historic Main Street.
Some farmer’s markets and flea markets around the state are beginning to resume operations, including the Grafton Flea Market opening on July 25.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is now open on a reservation system.