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Chicago to Move into Full Reopening on June 11

Chicago will move into the fifth and final phase of Illinois’ phased reopening program on Friday, June 11 in line with the rest of the state, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. The city will lift all remaining coronavirus mitigation restrictions under Phase 5.

“Today we’re at 2.0% positivity – the lowest positivity rate we’ve had since March 2020,” Lightfoot tweeted prior to announcing the move into Phase 5. “We know the vaccine is safe and works. Getting everyone vaccinated is key to our safe reopening strategy. This is a big deal.”

During a streamed Q&A session Thursday, Lightfoot and Public Health Commissioner Alison Arwady cautioned that COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared completely. However, the current average daily figures for new cases and hospitalizations are down 44% and 57%, respectively, from a week ago. Fifty-two percent of Chicagoans age 18 and up have been fully vaccinated.


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).