It’s hard to believe we’ve been cooped up in our homes for almost half of the year! But as Chicago continues to slowly reopen, most of us are eager to explore our beloved city once again. Whether it’s to catch some live jazz or blockbuster movies, here are some of the top Chicago venues welcoming guests back to their establishments. Heads up, you’ll need a face mask and must follow their rules. These businesses are taking social distancing practices very seriously (as should you!).
3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Chicago’s premier venue for independent, foreign, and cult classic films is open with capacity restrictions. A few notable new theater guidelines include online-only ticket sales (to get rid of box office lines), plexiglass dividers, and staggered seating with the Main Theater only allowing 50 guests at a time. Get the latest showtimes and tickets here.
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
The Windy City’s newest drive-in movie theatre is guaranteed to be a fun night out! Enjoy a pre-show jam session with local artists or DJs followed by a blockbuster movie like Fast & Furious or Shrek. Tickets are $55 which includes admission for one vehicle with up to 6 guests and a bucket of popcorn. Get the latest showtimes and tickets here.
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11 E. Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611
One of Chicago’s most respected jazz nightclubs has reopened, running two shows per night on Wednesdays through Sundays. Get your reservations in early, the music starts at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm sharp. Some important things to note: bring a mask, it’ll be required to enter the venue and may be removed only when you’re seated. Someone will also take your temperature at the door to make sure you’re healthy. Book your table here.
1200 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Your favorite wine venue is back in business! Enjoy sipping a crisp rosé on their outdoor patio or safely dining inside. Plus, City Winery’s popular summer concert series kicks off July 29th with Chicago Global Allstars. Sinead O’Connor is scheduled to perform on August 18th. You won’t want to miss the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer’s epic return to the stage after a four-year hiatus. Get your tickets here.
2109 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616
If you’re a live music fan, you already know Reggie’s is the place to be. And this South Loop hotspot recently brought back acoustic entertainment to their rooftop. They’re open Sunday through Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm. But you’ll want to get here early to catch a show since they don’t accept reservations and tables are first-come, first-serve. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Looking for some swinging sounds with a much-needed cocktail? Head over to this eclectic late-night location with tunes from the early ‘30s and ‘40. The folks at Green Mill are running nightly shows, seven days a week at 25% capacity. They’re also enforcing a few new rules: social distancing must be practiced and masks must be worn unless seated. Check out their website for upcoming shows here.
350 North State St, Chicago Illinois 60654
Feeling fancy? Stop by this stylish, sophisticated, and welcoming River North favorite for a handcrafted cocktail or an elegant dinner. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend catch a live jazz show, every Saturday from 8 pm to 11 pm. Book your table here.
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