What will it take for workers to return to downtown offices? And when?

Chicago leaders say it's critical for workers to return to their downtown workplaces.

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DIANE PATHIEU: That's right, it was discussion on how to do it. How to bring people back and make people feel more comfortable. It is an effort to bring people back into downtown office buildings that still remain pretty empty. This morning, World Business Chicago and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago held a panel discussion to talk about workers coming back to their downtown workplaces.

Starting next week, vaccine clinics are opening at 10 major office buildings, including the Merchandise Mart and The Wrigley Building, as an incentive to bring people back to get more shots in arms. The roundtable broke down how vitally important it is to bring workers back to the downtown area.

DAVID CASPER: Even if you can work from home, and many have and figured out, think about all the shops you walk by from the train or the bus to get to the office and how many of those people, you know, need us. And, you know, as a bank that promotes commerce, it's a bit of our responsibility.

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DIANE PATHIEU: Some of the companies are looking to bring back their employees after Memorial Day. The goal is to ultimately bring the 600,000 people who normally would work downtown pre-pandemic back to the Loop.

Reporting live in Loop, Diane Pathieu, ABC7 "Eyewitness News."

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