City Reopens Loop, Downtown Area To Prepare For Phase 3 Reopening

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 02, 2020 - 10:09 pm
Downtown Chicago

Jasper Colt-USA TODAY

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced restored access to the Central Business District and Loop, to prepare the city for reopening on June 3. 

The Mayor said the downtown area would be “cautious[ly] reopening” at 5 a.m. Wednesday after a four-day shutdown sparked by a weekend of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

While full access to the area will be reintroduced for all Chicagoans, select closures and service interruptions will remain in effect until further notice. The citywide curfew for all residents and visitors, effective from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. will remain in effect until further notice.

CTA train and bus service will resume Wednesday in the Loop; however, some train stops located within or near the designated boundaries in the Central Business District and Loop area will remain closed. Closures impacting the morning rush will be posted Wednesday,  beginning at 5:00 a.m. and will be updated regularly throughout the day at to ensure residents and employees have access to the latest transit information.

Metra trains will also start running with a Sunday schedule, though the SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor and North Central Service lines will stay down. The South Shore Line, which connects Chicago to northwest Indiana, will resume service with a modified schedule.

The Mayor said bridges in the Central Business District will be lowered over the Chicago River on the following streets: Clark Street, Dearborn Street, Lake Street, Randolph Street, Wells Street and Washington Street.

Divvy bikes will also be available beginning Wednesday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. until further notice.

Lake Shore Drive will reopen, with the following exits remaining closed: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph Street, the mayor’s office said. All entrance and exit ramps on Interstate 290 and Interstate 90/94 will reopen.