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Loop Alliance Urges Support for Theater Week, Restaurant Week

The Chicago Loop Alliance touted a pair of multi-day festivals organized by Choose Chicago—Theatre Week and Restaurant Week—as a means of supporting businesses and organizations hit hard by the pandemic-related shutdowns. Theatre Week, co-presented with the League of Chicago Theatres, runs through March 7, while Restaurant Week is slated for March 19 through April 4.

“We’ve been collecting data on a monthly basis, and the numbers are still pretty grim,” said Chicago Loop Alliance president and CEO Michael Edwards. “Pedestrian activity on State Street in the Loop is down by about 70% compared to last year.”

Accordingly, he said, “The Loop’s storefront economy cannot be supported by residents alone. This area is set up to serve 370,000 workers, many of whom have been working from home for the past year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

As for theaters, he added, “It’s just not financially viable for our theaters to operate with current capacity restrictions. The virtual offerings for Theatre Week this year are fantastic, and I hope our theaters get much-needed support.”

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