Friday, July 03, 2020

DCASE July News & Events

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July News & Events
Enjoy Fourth of July Events
Grant Park Music Festival Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE invite you to enjoy Chicago's Fourth of July Events this Saturday. Signature events include the Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival (12-9pm at; a Salsa edition of SummerDance in Place (5-6:30pm, and the Grant Park Music Festival's virtual Independence Day Salute (6:30-7:30pm, These free special events are presented by the City of Chicago and its partners in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Experience New, Reimagined Summer Events
Chef Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pie pictured Our schedule of new and reimagined summer events includes at-home dance parties, virtual concerts, cooking demonstrations and more - in lieu of summer festivals cancelled due to COVID-19. Some highlights include:  

- Taste of Chicago To-Go - A local dining guide showcasing this year's 42 participating eateries is available, along with the schedule of online cooking demonstrations and virtual music and dance events, at  

- SummerDance in Place - A new citywide, at-home version of the summertime tradition invites Chicagoans to plan smaller, socially-distant dance parties in their homes and backyards, on front porches and elsewhere. Enjoy dance lessons and music - Bollywood, Swing, Cumbia, Line Dancing and more - on Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22 & 29) at 5:30pm on WTTW Prime (11.2) and our YouTube channel; details at  

- Millennium Park at Home - Weekly Thursday-night concerts (July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30pm) and Saturday morning workouts (July 11-August 26, 8-9am) bring the Park's renowned programming to everyone at
Millennium Park is Cautiously Reopening 
Millennium Park Millennium Park is now open daily, 8am to 9pm, including the Great Lawn area with social distancing circles. Visitors are required to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Visit to plan your visit - including where to enter/exit the park and which facilities are open.

Chicago City Markets are Opening 
Chicago City Markets Considered essential businesses, the Chicago City Markets are opening in June and July to increase neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food. DCASE will take necessary precautions to encourage social distancing and to protect customers and vendors. Regrettably, since the City of Chicago has cancelled all permitted special events through Labor Day (September 7), Maxwell Street Market will remain closed through this date. A full schedule of local markets is available at  
Chicago Cultural Center is Highlighting Murals, Virtual Tours
Artwork by Sam Kirk The Chicago Cultural Center remains closed to the public, but DCASE is excited to feature art on the building's exterior. Enjoy a set of colorful mural banners by Chicago artist Sam Kirk in honor of Chicago Pride 2020 on the Michigan Avenue side of the building. And don't forget about the magnificent mural by Kerry James Marshall on the Garland Court side of the building. If you want to go inside the "People's Palace," we are now offering video tours by cultural historian Tim Samuelson at    

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

Thursday, July 02, 2020

CDPH Commissioner Issues Emergency Travel Order (Chicago, IL.)


Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Issues Emergency Travel Order Directing Travelers from States Seeing a Surge in COVID-19 Cases to Quarantine Upon Arrival in Chicago

Order mirrors action taken in New York and other states to further contain local spread of COVID-19
CHICAGO – Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., today issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average. This order will go into effect on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., and travelers from these states are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
“Like every action we have taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis, this decision was difficult but necessary in order to ensure the continued health and safety of Chicago’s residents and businesses,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Our success in staying ahead of this pandemic underscores our commitment to following the data of this disease, prioritizing saving lives, and working collaboratively with health officials, businesses and other stakeholders as we safely reopen our city’s economy. This emergency order will not only help contain the local spread of COVID-19 and preserve the positive progress we’ve made, it will also serve to prevent further spread nationwide and support the efforts of officials in other cities and states.”
“For close to six months now we’ve been laser-focused on containing this virus, limiting infections and ultimately saving lives, and we’ve made tremendous progress,” said Dr. Arwady. “That remains our focus today, and this order is another important measure in helping us further contain the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago.”
This measure is a response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states and builds on ongoing enforcement measures by the City to slow the transmission of COVID-19, representing a cautious, incremental and evidence-based approach to reopening the city. The list of states included in the order will be updated every Tuesday, and the order will be in effect until further notice. There are exceptions for essential workers traveling for work purposes and for other specific circumstances outlined below.
Chicago has experienced several weeks of declining new daily cases, and the percent positivity rate – the percentage of people tested who are positive for COVID-19 – has fallen steeply and is now under 5%. But the city is still considered an area of moderate-high incidence under Centers for Disease Control guidance, and officials don’t want to see those gains reversed. Dr. Arwady has issued several public health orders during the pandemic to protect the public health, including previous orders applying the governor’s stay-at-home order and limiting public interaction. 
While Chicago and Illinois have seen steep declines in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, other parts of the country are seeing a surge in new cases and the country overall is setting new highs for daily COVID-19 cases. Because of this, officials in Chicago, similar to states such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, decided to act quickly in an effort to prevent a local resurgence. 
When the order goes into effect on July 6, travelers from the following states, including Chicago residents returning from these states, will be directed to quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

·        Alabama
·        Arkansas
·        Arizona
·        California
·        Florida
·        Georgia
·        Idaho
·        Louisiana
·        Mississippi
·        North Carolina
·        Nevada
·        South Carolina
·        Tennessee
·        Texas
·        Utah
Violators are subject to fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000. Exceptions to the order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and parental shared custody, and for business travel to Chicago for essential workers. The Commissioner of Health may additionally grant exemptions based upon an organization’s or business’ testing and other control policies. 
Essential workers are defined as individuals who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. They are exempt from the requirement to self-quarantine if traveling for work purposes, certified in writing by the worker’s employer and made available for review by authorized officials from the Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Police Department. This includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees, including members of the military, traveling in their official capacities on government business.
Such essential workers traveling for work purposes are subject to requirements that include limiting their activities to work-related activities and functions that directly support their work-related activities and avoiding public spaces as much as possible.
There are other exceptions to the order, as well. For example, it does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (less than 24 hours) through the course of travel, such as travelers changing planes at certain airports or driving through designated states.
The quarantine requirement applies to people even if they have no symptoms COVID-19 and those who test negative for COVID-19. Travelers coming from international locations should review the Centers for Disease Control travel recommendations by country.
The order and its current effects will be communicated to travelers through signage at O’Hare and Midway International Airports, on highways and roadways, as well as through City websites and social media channels. The City has asked hotels and short-term rentals to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the designated states as well.
Information about the exceptions to the order and answers to other questions can be found here.
Throughout the pandemic, individuals who are infected with COVID-19 or have come into contact with someone who is, have been advised to quarantine. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease before a person knows they are sick, including if a traveler has been infected with the virus but does not have symptoms. In this order, quarantine means staying at a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others as much as possible and check themselves for symptoms. The requirements to safely quarantine can be found here.

Chicago Detours >> See you at tonight’s urban planning talk? ( Entertainment from home)

Join Amanda for tonight’s “Architecture Crash Course” at 6pm with a fun look at Chicago’s urban planning past. From Burnham’s vision of Paris on the Prairie to Lower Wacker, Chicago has designed the city for efficiency, as well as for sneaking power structures into the world around us.

And we’re excited to announce that walking tours are back! Join the “Loop Architecture Walking Tour” on Friday, July 3, at 3:00pm, or Sunday, July 5, at 12:00pm. (Group size is limited, masks are required.) More tours and dates will be added soon. Check our website for details. 
VIRTUAL TOURS, 6:00pm-6:30pm CDT
  • TONIGHT, Thurs, July 2 “Urban Planning: The White City to Wacker Drive” Amanda
  • Mon, July 6 “Conversations: Eric from FLW Building Conservancy” Alex
  • Thurs, July 9 “Wright’s Philosophies & the Prairie School” Alex
  • Also: Fri, July 17 “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour” Amanda $8, tickets here
WE DID IT! Thank you to all who donated in June! Because of your support, we will continue free, virtual tours, including our virtual Monday Conversations and Thursday Architecture Crash Course series. And we are working on a special message to all of you who supported over the last couple weeks. 

Kind regards,
Amanda, Alex, Marie, Sonny and Ellen

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