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Downtown Chicago Reopening Wednesday

Most bridges will lower and streets will reopen to everyone, the city announced.

Downtown bridges over the Chicago River were raised in late May to prevent people from easily going into the Loop.
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CHICAGO — The city is partially reopening the Loop and River North starting Wednesday.

The Downtown area has been largely shut down since the weekend due to looting and vandalism. The city blocked streets and created checkpoints staffed by National Guard soldiers, only allowing residents and workers into the area.

But all people will be able to get into the area starting Wednesday morning, though there will still be some restrictions and closures.

Here’s what reopens 5 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Lake Shore Drive will open, though some exits will remain closed: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph Street.
  • All entrance and exit ramps on 290 and 90/94 will open.
  • CTA trains and buses will run, but some train stops within or near the area will remain closed.
  • CTA closures impacting the morning rush will be posted 5 a.m. Wednesday and will be updated regularly throughout the day online.
  • Bridges in the Central Business District will be lowered over the Chicago River on the following streets: Clark Street, Dearborn Street, Lake Street, Randolph Street, Wells Street and Washington Street.

The move comes as the city progresses into Phase 3 of the reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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