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Phase 3 of Chicago Reopening Will Proceed as Planned

Chicago’s plans to enter the third phase of its reopening plan on Wednesday will proceed as scheduled, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. The timing had appeared to be in jeopardy in view of the past weekend’s riots and looting, and a curfew remains in effect citywide.

Lightfoot said she was guided by local chambers of commerce and business owners she met while touring areas that had been hit hard by the violence of recent days, as well as the effects of the 10-week shutdown to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Everywhere I went, I asked: Should we open? Or should we delay?” Lightfoot said Tuesday. “And to universal acclaim, emphatically what I heard from people was, ‘Mayor, we have to step forward. We have to open.’”

She added that this sentiment was expressed “even by businesses that may not be able to open tomorrow.”

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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 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).