The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping our businesses reopen safely and within state and local guidelines. We will be providing our businesses with the resources needed to prepare to fully reopen. We will be following the 5 Phase plans set out by Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, and the necessary precautions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 




Chicago is in Phase 4 without any mitigation measures. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction.

Click here to view all up-to-date Phase IV Capacity Guidelines

The following outdoor capacity changes will take effect immediately in Chicago:

  • Bars and restaurants: maximum outdoor table size can increase to 10 people, with tables set up so that patrons are six feet from patrons at other tables
  • Social events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events): total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people
  • Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25% capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted
  • Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between parties
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people
  • Within all of these settings, six feet of social distancing must be maintained between parties, and face coverings can only be removed in limited circumstances.

Additionally, in order to ensure proper enforcement and safety across industries, all patrons will continue to count towards capacity limits, even if they are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative test. The full COVID-19 regulations can be found at

Indoor regulations are unchanged:

  • Indoor capacity at bars, restaurants, and social events will remain limited to the lesser of 50% capacity or 50 people per room or floor.
  • In each setting, six feet of physical distance must be maintained between patrons.
  • Seated areas in dining rooms remain at 50% capacity or 50 people within one room or space, whichever is less. Patrons must be seated 6ft apart and parties must be 6 people or less. Restaurants may use impermeable barriers, such as plexiglass, in order to divide rooms into multiple spaces.
  • For event venues and restaurant private dining rooms, indoor social events are allowed at 50% capacity with no more than 50 individuals total, while following all indoor dining guidelines.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Click here for the Reopening Businesses Portal for the latest guidelines.

Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license must have all patrons off premises by 1:00 am.

Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must cease alcohol sales at 11:00 pm.


New Quarantine Guidelines

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is issuing updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated persons, based on CDC guidance. A quarantine is not required following close contact exposure to COVID-19 for people who:
  1. Have been fully vaccinated (14 days after the 2nd dose for 2-dose vaccines or 14 days after a 1 dose vaccine)
  2. Have not developed any COVID-19 symptoms since their exposure to COVID-19
Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine following return from domestic travel, as long as they remain without any symptoms of COVID-19. If fully vaccinated people develop symptoms of COVID-19, they should isolate and be evaluated by a medical provider.
Vaccinated people should continue to engage in other COVID-19 public health measures, such as masking, social distancing, and washing their hands.
Fully vaccinated inpatients and residents in health care settings should continue to quarantine following an exposure. Separate guidance will be issued for quarantine in fully vaccinated healthcare workers.

Please use the helpful links below to read more information about what steps are needed for businesses (and individuals) to take to successfully reopen safely when given the okay to do so.

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