Chicago office occupancy up from 2021, still below national levels
National return-to-office numbers are about 40% less than they were in 2019 and haven't budged much from this time last year.
- The foot traffic data from real estate data firm Placer.ai suggests that U.S. workers are now going into the office about three days a week.
Why it matters: In Chicago, offices are seeing just about half the visitors they had in 2019, which could have massive consequences for downtown businesses, real estate, transportation and taxes.
- But even though this number is lower than the national average, it has improved significantly from a roughly 30% return to office last November.
What we're watching: Whether we'll see a repeat of last winter, when a spike of COVID-19 cases — among other things — sent in-office workdays plummeting in January.
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