Afternoon Edition: May 4, 2021

The Auto Show will be the first convention held at McCormick Place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 5-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories.

This afternoon will be cloudy with a high near 56 degrees. Tonight’s low will be around 44 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny with a high near 60 degrees.

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Lightfoot sets goal to ‘fully open’ Chicago by July 4

McCormick Place will reawaken from its 14-month, pandemic-induced slumber with the July 15 return of the Chicago Auto Show — and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her goal is to get the city “fully open” by July 4.

“I am working night and day toward this goal. … But, we and I need you to continue to be on this journey with us. And that means getting vaccinated now — as soon as possible,” Lightfoot told reporters at McCormick Place, where details of the auto show return were announced today.

“Every day that our COVID-19 metrics continue to tick downward brings us a day closer to being able to put this pandemic in the rearview mirror. And we are too close to accomplishing this mission to give up now. Our goal … is to be fully open by July 4th.”

Getting Chicago “fully open” by July 4 weekend also could mean the return of Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago and the Air & Water Show, the city’s most popular and iconic summer events.

“Don’t skip to the end of the chapter, There’s more coming,” the mayor said.

Just last week, Lightfoot vowed to be more cautious than other major cities in reopening Chicago. She said the last thing she wanted to do is to move too quickly, only to be forced to shut things down yet again.

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Asked how that jibes with her goal of being “fully open by July 4th,” the mayor cited “steady progress” in all the health metrics that Chicago follows and “modeling” that suggests those trends will continue.

Read Fran Spielman’s full story with the latest on Chicago’s reopening plans here.

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The 2021 Chicago Auto Show will be a trial run of sorts for other conventions awaiting green lights. There will be an outdoor section, tickets will be sold online only and masks will be required. Mitch Dudek and Rachel Hinton have more details on how the convention will be held.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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