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An Omicron surge and cold weather didn't cause a drop in Chicago Loop traffic metrics during January 2022

Omicron Surge Doesn’t Stifle Downtown Chicago Recovery 

Downtown Chicago recovery is off to a strong start for 2022 with office occupancy and pedestrian counts rebounding from a holiday lull and hotel occupancy seeing record recovery rates compared to December, the Chicago Loop Alliance reported. 

In January, the Loop saw lighter activity due to the Omicron surge and extreme weather. Still, none of the industry metrics tracked, outside of Metra ridership, saw a decline compared to 2019. 

“Despite predictions that the downtown recovery would be stifled by Omicron, Chicago Loop Alliance has seen a consistent maintenance of metrics for key industries like transportation, office, and pedestrian activity,” said Loop Alliance CEO Michael Edwards. The data were bolstered by “accounts of office workers beginning their transition back to the workplace, and the continuation of arts, entertainment and attractions from Broadway in Chicago, Maggie Daley Park and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and others throughout our district.” 

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