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U.S. Downtowns Yearn for Vaccine as Merchant Traffic Off 70%

  • Business activity dries up from New York to Chicago to Atlanta
  • Urban planners are rethinking downtown residential-office mix
Chicago Halts Indoor Dining Once Again
Photographer: Taylor Glascock/Bloomberg
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The Chicago Loop Alliance, which promotes the downtown core, rolled out a Back-to-Work website in early October encouraging workers to put on slacks again and try returning to the office.

Its hope was short-lived. Covid-19 came roaring back in Chicago within weeks of the campaign’s launch, and the alliance quickly toned down the program. “The hard push to get people to come back has definitely softened, for now,” said Jessica Cabe, a spokeswoman for the group.