At least 45 — and possibly upwards of 130 — businesses were vandalized downtown Saturday night, according to two Loop business groups.
“Broken windows in The Magnificent Mile district have been boarded and graffiti is minimal; however, we do not yet know the economic impact or the outcome for various businesses recouping lost property and momentum,” Kimberly Bares, president and CEO of The Magnificent Mile Association, said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the Loop Alliance, a member-based organization that advocates for businesses in the area, said the group is working with residents and businesses on next steps for clean-up. Loop Alliance President Michael Edwards said he was meeting with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office at 1 p.m. to discuss plans for reopening.
Edwards said in a statement, “We have been heartened to hear from residents and workers who are eager to help with clean-up, and CLA staff is coordinating with them Sunday to do just that.”