Foot traffic drops about 80% in the Loop amid COVID-19

By Michael Thomas
Medill Reports

Chicago’s busy Loop looks like a ghost town amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Chicago Loop Alliance, an organization that helps maintain the loop, foot traffic has dropped about 80% compared to this time last year. The group’s CEO Michael Edwards says, “People are going to expect downtown to be clean safe and healthy and we’ll do everything we can.”

Depending on the latest number of positive cases, the state’s stay-at-home order could be extended. On Wednesday, April 22nd Gov. Pritzker said, “We’re looking at an extension, but I don’t know.” For now, Chicago Loop businesses will remain closed.

Photo at top: A nearly empty Chicago Loop (Michael Thomas/MEDILL)