Chicago is eating and drinking earlier
About 26% of bar and restaurant transactions across Chicago using Square have occurred between 7pm and 4am so far in 2023, per data from the point-of-sale company.
- That's two percentage points down from last year, and three percentage points from 2019 — before the pandemic.
Driving the news: This comes at a time when the city has beefed up outdoor dining permanently.
The big picture: There are some signs that we're becoming a "nation of early birds," as the Wall Street Journal recently put it, in part because the pandemic shifted how we spend our time.
- One contributing factor: "Hybrid and remote workers itching to leave the house as soon as they close their laptops," per WSJ.
Yes, but: Other indicators suggest the late-night scene is alive and well across America — which jibes with the overall post-pandemic sense that people are still burning off pent-up demand for social time.
Of note: The data only reflects transactions made on the Square platform.
- Still, its use is widespread enough to suggest some broad trends.
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