August 11, 2020
Some businesses in the Chicago Loop were damaged Sunday night and early Monday morning during looting. With Mayor Lori Lightfoot imposing downtown travel restrictions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., some Loop businesses that were not damaged made the decision to temporarily close.
“Coronavirus alone has presented unimaginable challenges to Loop businesses, which rely on our worker population to stay afloat,” said Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Chicago Loop Alliance.
“Pedestrian activity in the Loop is still down by about 70% compared to the same time last year, as many people continue working from home,” he continued. “With now two waves of property damage on top of COVID-19, these businesses really need Chicago’s support.”
Chicago Loop Alliance coordinated board-up services between Loop businesses and the City of Chicago Department of Buildings. Lightfoot said the unrest was driven in part by misinformation and social media following a police shooting.
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