Explore Illinois Safely During COVID-19

Travel Safe


Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of travelers remains the top priority as we welcome visitors and locals to enjoy all regions of Illinois. We’re heeding the important advice of health experts, and we encourage you to do the same. 

Chicago & Cook County Vaccine Requirement

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Chicago has issued a Public Health Order that requires certain establishments to verify that patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Public Health Order will remain in effect until the City of Chicago is through this Omicron-driven surge and the risk of overwhelming hospital capacity has passed. 

The requirement applies to public indoor spaces, such as dining establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment and recreation venues where food or beverages are served.

Visit the City of Chicago website for full details.

The Cook County Department of Public Health has issued a similar Mitigation Order to protect the health of the public in suburban Cook County. Cook County's vaccine requirements, which mirror the City of Chicago's, can be found here.


Stay home if you're sick

If you've been sick in the past 14 days, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC strongly emphasize that you should not travel. The same consideration applies if you've been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

If that's you: rest up, stay safe, and we'll see you out and about soon. We all really appreciate you taking care of yourself. In the meantime, our Illinois virtual tours can give you a little taste of what you can look forward to out there.

Follow the 3 Ws

By observing a few simple protective measures, you can enjoy what Illinois has to offer safely and with confidence.

Wear a Mask or Face Covering

A mask or cloth face covering helps stop the spread of COVID-19. A mask is required in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status - and remember, it only works when you wear it.

Watch Your Distance

Stay at least six feet from people who are not from your household in spaces that require it.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Key Tip: Call Ahead

Some attractions have limited capacity or different opening hours. We recommend calling attractions ahead of time to keep your trip on track. You can find contact details here.

Purchasing your tickets online is a great way to reduce headaches and make social distancing a whole lot easier.

  • Road Trips

Explore Illinois by road...

Now's the perfect time to explore Illinois by road. And we've got great Illinois road trip itineraries ready for you to use.

Adventure? Architecture? Arts or something a little different? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out our trip ideas, get out, and get exploring.

  • Safe Travels: Outdoors

Take an Outdoor Adventure

There's no place better for outdoor exploration than Illinois. And going outside offers an easy opportunity to maintain social distance from others!

While there is no shortage of great outdoor adventure ideas, here are a few of our favorites:

  • Travel Safe: Attractions

Illinois Museums & Attractions

There are spectacular attractions and museums all around Illinois, including: