Southwest Airlines  (LUV) – Get Report said that starting next year it will fly out of Chicago O’Hare as well as Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, stepping up competition against rival United Airlines  (UAL) – Get Report.

Dallas-based Southwest has traditionally flown out of Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby, two smaller airports. 

“Today’s announcement furthers our commitment to both cities as we add service to share Southwest’s value and hospitality with more leisure and business travelers,” Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly said in a statement. 

Southwest last flew service out of both Houston Hobby and IAH in 2005. 

The company said that work is underway at Chicago O’Hare to add new service there and that service to both airports is anticipated to start in first-half 2021. 

O’Hare is in the midst of a $2.2 billion expansion with a new global terminal as its centerpiece. United Airlines is based in Chicago.

Last week, Southwest said that to avert job cuts and furloughs, it was asking its labor unions to accept pay cuts as federal aid to carriers was set to expire. 

Under the industry’s $25 billion agreement with the government, Southwest and other airlines were barred from furloughing or dismissing employees until after Oct. 1. 

The airline says that its revenue remains 70% below normal levels. 

The airline industry has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. 

Southwest has more than 4,800 employees based in Chicago and nearly 4,000 jobs in Houston. 

Southwest shares at last check were down 1% to $39.35. United Airlines stock was trading off 2.1% at $36.36. 

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Much has been written about the pandemic-precipitated problems plaguing real estate’s commercial sector. But with office and retail-oriented real estate feeling the ill effects of COVID-19, there’s one sector that seemingly remains in the pink of health.

That is the commercial real estate industry’s industrial sector, comprised of factories, warehouses, distribution centers, fulfillment centers, data centers and similar real property. JLL
recently reported e-commerce represents half its U.S. leasing activity, an increase from the 36% number registered prior to the onset of COVID-19.

The firm projects an anticipated $900 billion increase in online sales over the next half decade will translate to need for more than one billion additional square feet of industrial real estate by 2025.

In few places is the metamorphosis more evident than in the Chicago metropolitan area, which is able to leverage its advantage as a central U.S. transportation hub in supplying the factory, warehouse and fulfillment center needs of companies nation- and worldwide. A recent snapshot of the Chicago metro’s industrial market reveals new industrial leasing soared by 56.3 % year-over-year, based on 21.2 million square feet in new leasing activity, according to the latest Cushman-Wakefield report.

Surging demand

“Industrial assets remain largely insulated from the pandemic’s devastating economic toll,” says Robert Smietana, vice chairman and CEO of Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate, which recently inked an enormous lease for its 757,880-square-foot, new construction warehouse project in the southwestern Chicago suburb of Shorewood, Ill., near Joliet.

“In recent months, we’ve seen demand for warehouse space surge as consumers and businesses rely on e-commerce for everyday needs. Supply chains have shifted in response to these broader changes, which have

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday touted $500,000 the city’s getting from restaurant delivery company DoorDash to winterize Chicago restaurants, while proposals by aldermen to further crack down on such apps during the coronavirus pandemic languish in City Council committees.

Erica Hunt et al. posing for the camera: Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits Camp DoorDash at the 2019 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits Camp DoorDash at the 2019 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.

In announcing the grant from the delivery company to help restaurants prepare for winter, Lightfoot thanked DoorDash “for investing in Chicago and its restaurants to assist them in continuing to serve Chicagoans this winter.”


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Third-party apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats that charge additional fees to restaurants to deliver meals have drawn increasing scrutiny from elected officials since the virus outbreak began, as diners skittish about eating inside restaurants have been ordering more to-go meals, fueling a boom for the companies.

During a May City Council committee hearing, struggling restaurateurs said the companies charge 30% or more to deliver food, and sometimes set up their own websites masquerading as those of the restaurants themselves.

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Northwest Side Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, introduced an ordinance to cap fees at 5% of the cost of the meal, but it got shunted to the City Council Rules Committee, where ideas the mayor opposes often get sent to die.

And while the council did adopt Lightfoot-backed rules requiring delivery apps to itemize the fees they charge, stricter bench marks backed by downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, have gone nowhere.

Reilly on Thursday said if the city wanted to really throw a lifeline to struggling restaurants, it would adopt the tougher standards, and the companies would readily agree to abide by them.


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Over a three-decades long career, Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter has built up an enviable assemblage of gear. But now, the legendary producer is looking to pare down his personal audio laboratory — and you can reap the benefits. Carter has announced an official Reverb store loaded with over 100 pieces of gear from his personal collection.

“I’m not a mad scientist anymore. I have a process now, and having to bring the voltage up on this gear days before I start making music is a lot. My electric bill is upset with me,” Carter said in a press statement. “I hope it does find good homes and people are able to glean what they need out of it, just like I was able to glean what I needed out of it. I hope it sparks that mad scientist feeling in someone else.”

Some of the highlights of Carter’s store include a rare 1999 Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave digital synthesizer and a classic Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer drum machine used on the Sound Patrol records and remixes from Carter’s own Classic Recordings. “Fun fact about this 909,” Carter revealed. “There’s a promoter who was putting together a rave and had Jeff Mills on his line up and I guess Jeff Mills needed a 909 for his performance and I let him borrow mine. So it’s my 909 that Jeff Mills also played on for a live show.”

Other highlights include a Roland TB-303 Bass Line synthesizer (“You won’t find one as pristine as this in any country, place, shape, or form unless you somehow manage to get a time machine”), a modified Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer synthesizer that includes MIDI,