It’s an eerie quiet.
The Loop is usually a-buzz with people, cars, commerce, life.
But now the coronavirus pandemic is keeping millions of us in our homes.
The number of people on a downtown Chicago sidewalk on Madison Street near State Street during a normally bustling weekday morning commute this past week: zero.
The number of pigeons: one.
Stores on the Magnificent Mile sit dark. The past few mornings saw a few shoppers along North Michigan Avenue, many in face masks. But instead of Macy’s bags or designer goods, they carried Walgreens bags filled with Lysol and toilet paper.
Surveying downtown Chicago, Sun-Times photographer Ashlee Rezin Garcia found surreal scenes. And no one can say just now how long things will remain like this.