Mayor lifts citywide curfew effective immediately

Mayor Lightfoot announced the lifting of the curfew about 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Twitter.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, seen here in 2019, on Thursday announced a total of $11 million in funding available for local nonprofit arts organizations.

Mayor Lightfoot announced June 7, 2020, she is lifting the city-wide 9 p.m. curfew effective immediately.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Sunday via a Twitter post she was lifting the citywide 9 p.m. curfew effective immediately.

Lightfoot announced the cancellation of the curfew about 12:30 p.m. saying, “I know this time in our city and our country has been difficult for us all, and I am grateful to our residents for working together to navigate this challenging time.”

Lightfoot first imposed the 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. curfew May 30, after a weekend of violent protest throughout the city.

Saturday saw about 30,000 people demonstrate peacefully that did not result in a single arrest. More protests continue today.

City officials have not yet officially reopened the Chicago Lakefront Trail, but walkers, joggers and cyclists have returned to the popular 18.5-mile stretch regardless. 

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Wooden police blockades have been moved off to the side at some entrances, allowing unimpeded access. A city worker directing traffic said Sunday she’d been instructed to turn away cars but not bikes or pedestrians.

Al Schwartz, a Buena Park resident, said he’d seen from his window others walking the trail for the past week and decided Sunday to do the same. Despite the ongoing closure, no one gave him trouble.

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City officials have not yet officially reopened the Chicago Lakefront Trail, but walkers, joggers and cyclists returned along that path Sunday, June 7, 2020, including at the Montrose Beach entrance.

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