June 1, 2020
Although looting during the weekend’s protests against the death of George Floyd could delay Chicago’s planned June 3 reopening, the Lightfoot administration said Friday that its reopening plans include conversion of streets in key commercial corridors to enable expanded outdoor dining along with recreational use. A pilot program covering six corridors citywide will be implemented in the coming weeks.
“This vision to reimagine some of Chicago’s residential streets and key restaurant corridors allows for increased social distancing and adherence to public health guidance as we begin the gradual reopening of our great city,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “In coming days and weeks, I look forward to expanding these pilot projects citywide, with input from the public and local stakeholders.”
After the initial pilots have launched, the Lightfoot administration will evaluate the potential to expand programming to other areas in the city.
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