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

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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.

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

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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