Illinois Enters Phase 5 Of Reopening; Chicago Businesses Open At Full Capacity Friday – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS)– For the first time in more than a year, things will look closer to normal in Chicago, as Illinois enters Phase 5 of reopening.

This means, no more capacity limits at bars, restaurants or businesses. So, if you have plans at a restaurant or business today, don’t be surprised to see it packed with people.

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Even with capacity limits, businesses can still require masks.

Coffee shop Chicago French Press opened in the South Loop September of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic.

Owner Kris Christian says some things worked in their favor when they first opened, including the huge courtyard right outside her store at Roosevelt Collection Shops.

She’s excited about what a full reopening will mean for her business.

“It’s really for us about being ready, stocked, staffed to accommodate the influx of people,” Christian said.

Then there’s Chicago Waffles, also in the South…

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