The City of Highland Park is committed to providing consistent communication to our local business community and all residents as the Northeast Region of the state moves into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. Phase 4 further relaxes restrictions while retaining strict social distancing strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Those social distancing strategies include wearing face coverings in public and maintaining a distance of six feet from others.
The City will continue to update this page with essential information as it becomes available.
March 18, 2021 — Governor Pritzker announced a new update to the Restore Illinois Reopening Plan, introducing a Bridge Phase designed to ease the transition from Phase 4 to Phase 5.
Last updated February 3, 2021.
City of Highland Park Presentations, Q&A, Video/Audio Recordings
June 22, 2020: City Council/Committee of the Whole (COVID-19 Economic Impact Report; Video)
May 26, 2020: City Council/Commitee of the Whole (Coronavirus Economic Impact Report Presentation; Video)
May 22, 2020: Virtual Town Hall for Business (City Report; Q&A; Video)
May 20, 2020: Virtual Town Hall (Video)
Phase 4: What's New?
FAQ: Block Parties & Garage Sales
- Limit attendance to no more than 50 individuals.
- Avoid placing sale items in indoor spaces, including inside garages.
- Discourage visitors from touching items, and sanitize all items that have been touched.
- Sanitize high-touch surfaces frequently.
- Ensure all visitors wear a face covering.
- Consider using touchless payment methods instead of cash.
- Contact information for the designated person-in-charge, who must be at least 21 years of age or older. A phone number that will be manned throughout the party must be provided.
- Date, time, and location of block party.
- Signatures of at least residents (ages 21 or older) from at least 75% of homes affected by the road closure indicating that they have been invited to or have no objections to the block party.
Applications for Temporary Expansion of Outdoor Settings
Below, please find applications to allow temporary outdoor dining and other expanded uses of outdoor space consistent with state public health guidelines within the City of Highland Park. Business owners may submit an application to expand use of outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses, such as adding outdoor dining, seating, displays, merchandise, etc. Fitness businesses may apply to use City-owned outdoor property for outdoor classes. There is no fee for this application or permit.
Temporary Outdoor Expansion for Restaurants, Retailers, Service Businesses and Fitness Businesses
Map of Downtown and Ravinia Outdoor Dining AreasRoad closure & detour map
Temporary Outdoor Expansion for Fitness Classes on City Property
Resources for Businesses
Phase 4 Industry-specific Guidelines
On Tuesday, August 25, Governor JB Pritzker announced a new, statewide face covering requirement for patrons of restaurants and bars, including carryout or drive-thru customers. The new guidelines require patrons to wear face coverings when interacting with all restaurant or bar employees. These measures are effective Wednesday, August 26, 2020, and are aimed at protecting workers and slowing the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines were developed in consultation with the Illinois Restaurant Association and other hospitality industry partners.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released an updated toolkit to assist business owners in implementing these new guidelines. Signage announcing this requirement is available for download.
Guidelines for each industry will be updated on the DCEO website as necessary. Find all the Phase 4 guidelines and toolkits here. Guidelines and toolkits are available for the following industries:
Phase 4 Capacity Limits by Sector
Facility & Supply Resources
Archived News Updates:
January 26, 2021: Region 9 (Lake and McHenry Counties) has advanced to Tier 1 of resurgence mitigations.
January 20, 2021: The State of Illinois has released updated guidance for Phase 4. Click here to view the updated overview.
January 18, 2021: Region 9 Moves to Tier 2 Mitigations (more information). Click here for detailed information about the tiered mitigations. Click here to view the full FAQ from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
November 17, 2020: All Regions in Illinois Move to Tier 3 Mitigations Effective November 20, 2020 (IDPH media release)
November 17, 2020: City Limits Gathering Size to 10, Closes Workout Facilities & Dance Studios (Media Release)
October 28, 2020: IDPH Implements COVID-19 Restriction Mitigations for Lake, McHenry Counties Effective 12:01 AM Saturday, October 31, 2020
Aug. 25, 2020: Office of the Governor announced a new, statewide face covering requirement for patrons of restaurants and bars, including carryout or drive-thru customers. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released an updated toolkit to assist business owners in implementing these new guidelines. Signage announcing this requirement is available for download.
Aug. 3, 2020: Office of the Governor launches new campaign to promote face coverings
July 15, 2020: Office of the Governor and IDPH release COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (News Release; Plan)
June 26, 2020: Illinois enters Phase 4: Revitalization (Executive Order)
June 22, 2020: State of Illinois Issues Phase 4 Guidelines for Reopening. An overview of changes from Phase 3 has also been released.