Will Chicago Tourism Complete By 2021? With fewer visitors and the possibility of losses, some venues are closing prematurely
CHICAGO – Chicago’s tourist season could end early as hotels and some of the city’s attractions, struggling with fewer visitors and lost revenue, consider closing for the remainder of the year.
The Chicago Athletic Association hotel has closed again and is slated to reopen in the first quarter of 2021. Wendella Sightseeing Co. said it was considering ending its seasonal boat tours early. And on Tuesday, Navy Pier announced it would be closed from September 8th through spring. Industry leaders say the impact of the early closings will have an impact on the local economy.
Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, said the Navy Pier closure was a “precursor for other tourism businesses.”
“As in the Navy Pier case, they tried to reopen, but the math doesn’t fit. We’re going into the winter months and it won’t make sense for some of these places to stay open, ”he said.