Mobility During COVID-19


The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently launched “Our Streets,” a community-based COVID-response program that invites Chicago neighborhoods to request that local roads be converted into corridors for improved, safe travel and healthy activity during the stay-at-home period and through reopening.

We’ve already heard from over a thousand Chicagoans who have shared their observations about how COVID is impacting their ability to get around the city and what CDOT can do to help. The maps below show: what parts of the city have been in touch with us (left) and what the most common requests are, by ZIP code (right). Want to see your feedback reflected on the maps? Complete this quick, 4-question survey and come back again next week to see what’s new.


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What else is CDOT doing in response to COVID?

Travel Guidelines

We’ve created some simple guidelines to help you get around the city safely.

Stay Safe Out There Going For A Walk, Run or Roll?
Driving? Take It Easy! Riding A Bike?


Shared Streets

On May 29, 2020, the City of Chicago announced the ‘Our Streets’ plan to support transforming residential streets for alternative uses. As a part of that plan, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been working with Aldermen and other community groups to better understand how COVID is impacting people’s ability to get around their neighborhoods. The overwhelming request has been to provide Shared Streets, which restrict vehicular access to local traffic only, to allow more space for people to walk, bike, and roll since many sidewalks are getting crowded and don’t allow for proper distance between people to stay safe. CDOT invites all residents to share their experiences getting around during COVID by completing this quick, 4-question survey. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Shared Streets.


Where can I find Shared Streets?

Leland Avenue (East), between Lincoln and Clark

Leland Avenue (West), between Virginia and Western

Cortland/Wabansia, between Lawndale and Marshfield

Drexel Boulevard, between Oakwood and 51st Street 

Dorchester/Kenwood Loop, between 68th and 70th Streets

Palmer Street, between Long and Cicero

South Shore Drive, between 53rd and 56th Streets

Dickens Avenue, between Racine and Clark


Hear Commissioner Gia Biagi discuss how COVID-19 is changing the way Chicagoans
use city streets with Karen Weigert and host Jenn White on Reset, May 28, 2020.


CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi discusses how the City of Chicago is responding to transportation
issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with Chicago's Public Health Commissioner,
Dr. Allison Arwady, on #AskDrArwady May 4, 2020.

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