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Downtown Futures Series: The Journey Back to Work

What is a safe and smooth return to the workplace?

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked downtowns across the U.S., including the Chicago Loop. After enduring a statewide stay-at-home order through the end of May, Chicagoans are now beginning to make the journey back to work in the Loop. Still, a daily average of only about 15% of the Loop’s usual 370,000 workers are coming downtown.

While Chicagoans who’ve witnessed the last decade of the Loop’s prosperity may feel the district is invincible, the truth is downtown needs a safe return of workers reactivating the economy. And after seven months of working from home, many are ready to take the plunge, but aren’t sure exactly how to do so. In Downtown Futures Series: The Journey Back to Work, professionals in public health, transportation, and office design lay out what a safe return to work looks like, offering information and recommendations anyone can use.

Moderator: Dave Broz, Chicago Loop Alliance Board Member and Past Chairman

Panelists: Dr. Robert Murphy, John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University; Sheryl Schulze, Principal, Gensler

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Event Date

  • October 29, 2020
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM