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Office vacancies in Chicago's CBD rose during the first quarter of 2022, Cresa reported

Lightfoot Administration Eases Indoor Dining Restrictions

Indoor service at Chicago’s bars, restaurants and events can expand to the lesser of 25% capacity or 50 people per room or floor effective Thursday, the Lightfoot administration said Wednesday. That’s due to the city’s progress in bringing down the COVID-19 positivity rate in the past several weeks following a second surge last fall.

“We are definitely trending in the right direction today, and I thank the residents and businesses that continue to do what is necessary to save lives,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The tragedy of this pandemic unfortunately continues but there’s hope at the end of this long journey.”

The easing of additional restrictions, including the expansion of indoor capacity to 40%, will be possible once the city reaches at least the “Moderate-Risk” level in COVID-19 metrics. Expansion to 50% capacity will then be possible if and when Chicago maintains the “Moderate-Risk” level for at least two weeks.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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