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Many Music Venues, Theaters Will Still Require Vaccinations After City Drops Mandate — But Masks Could Become Optional

The city is ending its mask and vaccine mandates for businesses. Performance venues are deciding what rules they'll keep as they try to woo back customers while prioritizing safety.

Citywide

No Shot, No Show: List Of Chicago Music Venues Requiring Vaccines Grows As Industry Tries To Stay Afloat Amid Delta Surge

"As venues, we didn't sign up to lead the charge in public [health] safety, but we've been put in that position," one owner said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

With Wicker Park Fest’s Return, Subterranean Owner Finally Sees Hope For The Future Of City’s Indie Venues

"The impact of a venue on a neighborhood is a lot of business ... . You really are an economic engine. Wicker Park Fest is that on steroids."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Struggling Indie Venues See ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ With $15 Billion Save Our Stages Bill

The relief bill is a positive sign, entertainment industry experts say, but its success will depend on how and when the money is doled out to closed venues.

Citywide

Music Venues, Theaters Keeping Doors Shut As City Reopens: ‘More Cost-Effective To Stay Closed’

Despite being allowed to reopen Friday, most concert venues and theaters are remaining closed. Here's why.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Hip Hop Open Mic Night Returns To Subterranean In Wicker Park For Virtual Tuesdays: ‘This Is Our Therapy’

Performers took the stage while audiences stayed home and tuned in via livestream. Hip hop "is the safest way possible that we as artists can demonstrate, protest, rebel."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

First To Close, Last To Open: Will Chicago’s Independent Music Venues Survive The Coronavirus?

The owners of Chicago's music venues say federal relief efforts won't help them survive unless changes are made — and they're asking music fans to amplify their message.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town