Downtown Chicago Now Has More Residents Than Before the Pandemic

February 25, 2023

(Bloomberg) -- You wouldn’t know it from the empty streets on a Friday morning, but there are now more people living in downtown Chicago than before the pandemic. Most Read from BloombergThe number of residents in the Loop — as the city’s central business district is known — grew by almost 9% since 2020, according to estimates from the Chicago Loop Alliance. For many residents, Edwards said, shorter commutes continue to make downtown living appealing. Loop residents currently spend $940 million a year in other parts of the city. A previous version of this story was corrected after the Chicago Loop Alliance ameneded population, economic impact figures.)