Some business owners are worried about a slow summer near the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line stop, but expanded water taxi service may pick up some of the slack. Nine south side stations are closed until October for reconstruction.
Just down the street from the Chinatown Red Line, Michelle Zhang was ringing up a steady stream of newspapers and lottery tickets in her gift shop. But she said she’s concerned about the Red Line.
“I think it’s no good for the business,” she said. The street was hopping with locals getting groceries, tea and pastries -- it’s tourist shoppers that may be more of a concern. In another gift shop, Yat Wong agrees.