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Record hotel occupancy, increased visitors and workers drive Loop activity

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CHICAGO—Today, Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) released its State of the Loop report for quarter two 2023 on downtown activity, using a variety of data sources, which the organization has produced since July 2020. The report tracks pedestrian activity, parking volumes, hotel occupancy, office workers on-site, arts and culture, investment, and more. Record tourism, planning for the future of State Street, and major events and programming provided positive trends for the downtown corridor. View the quarter two (April-June 2023) State of the Loop report here.

“Warmer weather brought a flurry of activity to the Loop, amidst the continued return of major events driving local and international tourism,” said Michael Edwards, President & CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance. “Hotel occupancy and pedestrian activity in the Loop reached record levels this spring, due to large scale events like concerts, business conferences, and summer holiday leisure travel. As significant programming like Sundays on State and Lollapalooza return this summer, we anticipate an increase in Loop activity.”

Pedestrian impressions on State Street in the Loop continue to increase, reaching 93 percent pre-pandemic levels during the week of May 22.

Arts and Culture
Throughout quarter two, the Loop’s robust arts and theatre scene attracted over 1 million people to cultural events in the Loop despite many other early summer alternatives. These figures represent over $271 million in estimated economic impact to the city.

Major events like Taylor Swift at Soldier Field, the James Beard Awards and ASCO Conference drew hundreds of thousands, resulting in an all-time record-breaking hotel occupancy rate during the first weekend in June. Citywide hotel occupancy for the week ending on May 29 increased 65 percent from 2020 levels.

Metra and CTA
Metra provided 2.9 million passenger trips in quarter one 2023, 75 percent more than the number of trips in quarter one 2022.

CTA provided nearly 62 million passenger trips in quarter one and reported the highest amount of trips since the start of the pandemic in 2020 for the first week of June.


Chicago office occupancy remains above the major US cities average for quarter two, trailing only behind Austin, Houston, and Dallas (in that order) by less than two percentage points.

In exciting news for the future of the Loop, residential development continues with the opening of the 73-story building 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue), expecting to welcome first tenants in spring of 2024.

Collectively, Loop households spending capacity exceeds $940 million annually, and provides an opportunity for continued Loop investment, including more retail and service options to support a thriving neighborhood.

Parking in the Loop ramped up as warm weather and summer activities began. The highest parking volume measured in Q2 was 118 percent of 2022 levels during the week of May 15.

About Chicago Loop Alliance
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA)’s mission is to create, manage and promote positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery. CLA is a membership organization as well as the sole service provider for Special Service Area#1-2015, and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation produces public art projects and events. For more information, please visit LoopChicago.com.


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