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Lightfoot Unveils Five-Phase Plan for Reopening

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday revealed the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the city will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. It has been organized into five phases, aligning with the state’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

“Though we still have a way to go before we can begin reopening our city, when the time comes, that reopening will follow our thoughtful, data-driven process aimed at ensuring all our residents and businesses are informed and supported every step of the way,” said Lightfoot.

The Lightfoot administration said the city has already transitioned from phase one of the “Protecting Chicago” framework (Strict Stay-at-Home) to phase two (Stay-at-Home). Phase three is Cautiously Reopen, with non-essential workers returning in phases. Phase four will follow, in which “additional business and capacity restrictions are lifted with appropriate safeguards.” That will be followed by phase five, when all businesses reopen and some events can resume.

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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).

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