Following months of staying at home, Chicagoans are making the most of the summertime sunshine. Here’s a look at some of the latest Chicago attractions reopening, and where you can spend time outside near Vista Tower:

Lakeshore East Neighborhood

Residents have left their buildings to indulge in the luscious green spaces within the Lakeshore East neighborhood. Check out one of the newest outdoor attractions in Chicago, Lakeshore East Beer & Food Garden at the corner of E. Benton Pl. and N. Park Dr. Featuring nearly 75 picnic tables, guests can socially distance while enjoying fare from Eggy’s Diner & Gordo’s Tiny Taco Bar.

Image of Chicago attractions reopening in Lakeshore East neighborhood

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Millennium Park

Only a hop, skip and a jump away from Vista Tower, Millennium Park is open to visitors with a few restrictions in place. While concerts are on hold at the Pritzker Pavilion, park-goers can still stroll near Cloud Gate and relish in the wonder of Chicago’s skyline.

Image of The Bean and Millenium Park, two popular outdoor attractions in Chicago

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Lakefront Trail

While some entrances remain closed, joggers and cyclists can return to the Lakefront Trail at access points near the Lakeshore East Neighborhood and enjoy this famous outdoor attraction in Chicago once again. You’ll have to stay moving on the trail, as congregating and picnicking aren’t currently allowed.

 Image of a lakefront trail an outdoor attraction in Chicago

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The Riverwalk is open daily with limited access points where visitors should stay at least six feet away from others. Visitors can walk, jog and bike along the Riverwalk, reserve tables at popular concession vendors like City Winery, and float down the river with Urban Kayaks.

Photo of downtown Chicago’s outdoor attraction the Riverwalk and its surrounding buildings

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Navy Pier

Equipped with several new hand-sanitizing stations, another Chicago attraction reopens with new safety measures in place. Navy Pier now requires visitors wear face masks at all times and keep socially distanced while waiting in line. Head back to Chicago’s iconic pier for select cruises and tour boats or take a seat and enjoy views of the city from the reopened Centennial Wheel.

Image of Centennial Wheel at the popular outdoor attraction in Chicago Navy Pier

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