As Illinois moves through phases of the Restore Illinois plan, we have the latest on what is open and what is closed when it comes to Champaign-Urbana family fun
Central Illinois is reopening and the Champaign-Urbana region moves into “Phase 4” of the Restore Illinois plan on June 26. With this phase, will come a number of new openings including (but not limited to) all outdoor recreation, some indoor entertainment options, some indoor fitness options, indoor dining with limited capacity and what was previously a guideline that groups remain under 10 has now increased to groups of 50.
By the way, we continue practicing social distancing with people outside our immediate household, wearing masks when social distancing is not possible, washing our hands and disinfecting high traffic surfaces regularly.
Day camps are underway in Champaign-Urbana, too. With restrictions on the number of participants and types of activities, there are going to be options in the community for area kids this summer. As we transition from Phase 3 to Phase 4, we will see limits on group sizes increase a bit for camp providers.
So what does this actually mean for our community? What about those places we visit for family fun? Indoor fun, outdoor fun, parks, nature trails, all of the summertime staples … what is actually open, what is going to be opening soon and what is straight up closed for 2020? We break it down below.
Thanks to CIBM Bank for presenting this list. The health and well-being of their clients, employees, and communities is paramount at CIBM Bank. They are closely monitoring as the situation evolves, and understand the concern we may be experiencing regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). They are dedicated to doing all they can to be responsive to the needs of their clients.
Check back often as we will update this post as information becomes available. The status of these businesses can change at any time, so check with the business before venturing out to be sure they’re open. Readers are urged to follow guidelines — mask wearing, social distancing, capacity limits — set forth by local authorities. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement; we are reporting on the open/closed status of a business.
OPEN or OPENING SOON
Champaign Park District have opened their playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts and sports fields. Urbana Park District says playgrounds will reopen along with some other outdoor areas. Mahomet playgrounds are open, as well. Disc golf courses in the area are OPEN.
Bowling, mini-golf and indoor dining at Old Orchard are OPEN. Arrowhead Lanes is OPEN. Groups must maintain social distance. (Illini Union Rec Room remains closed.)
Illinois campgrounds are OPEN. You can book a site at many nearby locations at reserveamerica.com.
Many area organizations are running day camps or modifying their initial camp plans. Check them out here.
We have local beaches open in the following locations — Lake Shelbyville, Clinton Lake, and Moraine View. Moraine View encourages you to call on weekdays before visiting to make sure they’re open: 866-724-6398 or 309-724-8032.
The Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center in Rantoul opened on Saturday, June 27. Find details and updates on their Facebook page. The Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center opens on August 3 for lap swimming. Learn the details here.
A stroll at Allerton ranks at the top of our summer to-do list every year and they are OPEN.
Foot golf at the Lake of the Woods golf course is OPEN.
Old Orchard Lanes & Links is OPEN for mini-golf. On another note, the Monticello Recreation Driving Range is OPEN, too.
Open nightly, Harvest Moon is a great option to go back in time and enjoy a decades-old summer tradition.
Places like the Art Coop Shop, The Pottery Place and Yellow & Co., to name a few, are all open for grab and go kits.
The Drive-Thru Adventure is OPEN! Check out the animals from inside your own vehicle.
Drive around to see horses and buggies and get some cinnamon rolls to go while you’re there, too.
These outdoor objects are OPEN to check out.
Peoria Zoo, Scovill Zoo (Decatur), and Miller Park Zoo (Bloomington) are all OPEN on a limited basis, as are the Indianapolis Zoo, the St. Louis Zoo, and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo. Check ahead of time to see if the zoo you plan to visit requires you to reserve a time to enter – zoos are doing timed entrances to keep limits on the number of people in the zoo at one time.
The pandemic has caused the Children’s Zoo within the St. Louis Zoo to announce its permanent closure at the end of October 2020.
MUSEUMS in and near C-U
Museum of the Grand Prairie and Homer Lake Interpretive Center plan to OPEN their doors on a limited basis beginning July 8. (The Discovering Home exhibit at Museum of the Grand Prairie is closed for now.) Reserve a time online to visit either Champaign County Forest Preserve District facility. Krannert Art Museum plans to reopen on August 19, and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures opened September 8.
MUSEUMS outside C-U area
In Springfield, the Abraham Lincoln National Library and Museum is OPEN. The City Museum in St. Louis is OPEN; the Magic House in St. Louis is OPEN. The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is opening to the public on Saturday, July 11. In Chicago: The Shedd Aquarium is OPEN. The Field Museum will OPEN to the public on July 24. The Museum of Science and Industry will OPEN to the public on August 1 — with free museum entry for all through August 14. As far as we know, timed entry tickets — as well as other requirements and limitations — are happening at all museums included in this list, so see the website for the museum you plan to visit to get details. See Illinois Phase 4 guidelines for museums here.
AREA PUBLIC POOLS
Closed for the 2020 season.
The pumps at Homer Lake’s stream feature are awaiting repair as of 8/6, and the stream itself may not be functional due to low lake levels.
MUSEUMS in and near C-U
The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal, and the Children’s Museum of Illinois in Decatur, among others, are all currently closed. The Monticello Railway Museum remains closed; no Polar Express tickets for 2020 have gone on sale. [Note: the Orpheum is running camps with a limited number of spots this summer but they have announced they are going to be closing their doors permanently.]
MUSEUMS/ATTRACTIONS outside C-U area
OTHER INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT
No word yet on when the following will open:
- Western Bowl, Illini Union Rec Room
- Savoy 16 Movie Theatres