Mayor Lightfoot Says She Hopes To Reopen Chicago Lakefront 'Soon'

Mark Konkol

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered a glimmer of hope to Chicagoans clamoring for a return to the city's lakefront that she shut down on March 26 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Lightfoot told reporters that she plans to reopen parts of the lakefront to "particular activities" during designated times. City officials are working on a plan geared at "safely minimizing crowding," the mayor said.

“We’ve been working very diligently on a plan. We want to make sure we get as many voices into the discussion as possible. But I’m hopeful we’ll be able to announce something very soon," Lightfoot said. "I know people are anxious to get back to the lakefront.”

The mayor said the city will remain under a nightly curfew over the weekend. That restriction also could be lifted if the city has "multiple days of peaceful protests.:

Lightfoot said she has daily conversations with police regarding whether the curfew remains necessary. She said that Thursday was the first day since demonstrations protesting the Minneapolis police-involved death of George Floyd that all protests around the city remained peaceful.

"If we continue to see this, I’ll be the first one to embrace eliminating a curfew," Lightfoot said. "But we’re not there yet.”

This article originally appeared on the Chicago Patch