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Downtown Futures Series


A series of virtual conversations with innovative minds to create a smarter post-COVID-19 Chicago.

The Loop's Comeback

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
10-11 a.m. CDT

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Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic that rocked downtowns around the world, signs of a recovery in the Chicago Loop are beginning to emerge. As the weather warms, and the city and state continue administering thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations per day, Loop data like pedestrian activity, parking volumes, CTA ridership, office human occupancy, and hotel occupancy are all on the rise.

Despite this positive news, the majority of office workers are still apprehensive about returning to the workplace, and companies are largely unsure when their work-from-home policies will change. The Loop’s recovery from the pandemic depends on the return of this downtown workforce, which is about 18 times larger than the Loop’s residential population. In Downtown Futures Series: The Loop’s Comeback, professionals in the city’s vaccination campaign, public transportation, and office cleanliness and safety discuss what will be needed to build confidence in the return to work, and what employees can expect for when they do come back.


David Broz
Principal, Gensler

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Claire McCombs

First Deputy for Economic and Neighborhood Development
City of Chicago Office of the Mayor

Janice R. Thomas

Chief of Staff

Kimberly A. Carter

Managing Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Services
Hygieneering, Inc.

Presenting Sponsor

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