Community under quarantine: Downers Grove adapts in wake of COVID-19

Alex Miranda
Constructed in 1928, the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Downers Grove is a community landmark and signature attraction among residents. The current facade of the theatre is a stark contrast to its typical lively marquee displaying nightly movie titles. Now desolate and lifeless, the Tivoli presents a singular message: be well.

Alex Miranda
The Downers Grove Main Street station was once a popular hub of transportation accessible to all ages. Hourly departures from the station used to draw a large crowd of commuters, especially into the nearby city of Chicago. The platform is now mostly deserted as the Metra runs on a limited, alternative schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alex Miranda
Peets coffee in downtown Downers Grove is highly regarded by the community as a must-visit beverage destination. As of right now, however, residential coffee lovers are faced with additional disappointment. Affixed to the entrance door of Peets is a sign informing loyal customers of its temporary closure due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

Alex Miranda
In the wake of COVID-19, many institutions and organizations are learning how to adapt to an online environment. The Christian Worship Center, located on 63rd street directly across from DGS, is notifying members of its congregation with information on how to connect for worship. The internet has become a primary vessel for interaction in the community.

Alex Miranda
The Molly Maid Cleaning Service cars are rendered useless at this time as they sit idle in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center parking lot among a sea of empty spaces. For safety and possible financial reasons, families are taking on cleaning tasks themselves. Many other home service businesses are faced with a similar fate.

Alex Miranda
Ice cream hotspot Dairy Queen is a popular dessert destination for DGS students. As of Mar. 25, Dairy Queen is still operating, although there is no seating inside. To some, Dairy Queen’s well-lit “open” sign serves as a symbol of hope and a sense of normalcy.

Alex Miranda
The Downers Grove Park District Lincoln Center has served countless community members in various capacities. During this time of fear and uncertainty, it is also providing community members with resourceful information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The message board in front of the Lincoln Center’s entrance displays information prompting locals to visit their website for updates and health tips.

Alex Miranda
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has permitted the continued operation of restaurants within the state, but has restricted any dine-in options. In compliance with this order, beloved Mexican eatery Los Burritos Tapatios has removed any possibility of sitting by flipping all of their chairs on top of their tables. Customers may still enter the establishment, but must leave after receiving their carry-out orders.