Is it safe to travel to Chicago right now during COVID? – August 2021
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Chicago COVID-19 mask mandate takes effect as the dangerous Delta variant keeps spreading through the community.

Beginning last Friday, August 20, everyone aged two or older is required to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces, vaccinated citizens included.

The indoor mask mandate should be in place until the average daily COVID-19 cases drop to 400 or lower. 

Even though the coronavirus cases are increasing, Chicago is now fully open with no further restrictions.

Current COVID-19 situation in Chicago

The U.S. Center for Disease and Prevention now considers Illinois an area of high community transmission of the virus.


Since the beginning of the pandemic, Chicago has registered 298,982 cases, 5,740 of which have resulted in death.

Over the past week, there have been on average 454 new cases daily. That is 7% more than the previous week.

On the other hand, the number of daily hospitalizations has dropped to 21, compared to 27 the week before.

As of August 24, 60.2% of Chicagoans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while 54.7% have been fully vaccinated.

Chicago entry requirements

Chicago is open for both domestic and international visitors, but some entry measures are in place.

Unvaccinated domestic travelers coming from certain areas are advised to provide a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival.

All international air passengers traveling to the U.S. must submit a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery regardless of vaccination status.

The federal government has also suspended entry from several countries, including the U.K., China, India, and the European Schengen area.

How safe is to travel to Chicago now?

Traveling anywhere during the coronavirus pandemic can be risky if you don’t take the necessary precautions. And especially now with the more contagious Delta variant spreading around the world. 

As Chicago has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases over the past month, you should be fully vaccinated when visiting the city. 

Masks are required in all indoor areas, while social distancing and disinfecting are recommended.

Why visit Chicago in pandemic times?

Being one of the largest cities in the U.S., it offers everything you might want from an international city. From rich history, sublime architecture, art, and technology to fantastic food and entertainment.

According to Google trends, Chicago was one of the most popular places to visit in the U.S. in the first half of this August.

Chicago also boasts numerous city parks, beaches, and the famous Lakefront Trail, fantastic spots to get some exercise or connect with locals.

Even now during the pandemic, Chicago restaurants, bars, and attractions are open without capacity limits. You can also expect fewer crowds than usual, especially during the summer season.

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