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Some businesses heat up during the deep freeze

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The dangerous temperatures may be gone, but it's left a lasting memory for a number of business owners.

For Tai Tsang, owner of the original Tsang, a pan Asian restaurant, the cold stalled his delivery driver's engine.

He was one of the business's that was forced to close.

He said delivery would have been up that day and his customers let him know.

"Yeah, they call and they left me a lot of messages, so sorry about that," Tsang said.

It wasn't all bad.

Grocery stores saw people rushing the shelves.

And although there weren't many people outside more people turned to cab apps, like Hailo, to get them around.

"Why stand outside with your arm up freezing, covered in snow, when you can sit on your couch, sit at your desk or sit at a restaurant and watch the cab come to you," Joe Kantor, marketing manager of Hailo in Chicago, said.

Hailo said it saw about a 70 percent increase in usage on Monday, about the same amount of users it would see on a weekend.

Another way people sought warmth was through online dating.

Zoosk, a dating app-, said it saw a 41 percent increase in signups from Chicago and a 23 percent increase in messages exchanged.

"We also noticed that it's correlated to the temperature so that the cooler it got, the more people got on our site and started talking to each other," Zoosk co-founder and co-CEO, Alex Mehr, said.

Zoosk monitored the numbers from January 2nd through the 7th and were astounded by the jump.

"During weather conditions like this especially when it's cold and it's hard to get out and meet people, people actually realize how much their lives might have been more fun and warmer if they were not single," Mehr said.

Although a few businesses did benefit, most Chicago businesses are all looking forward to the temperatures warming up.

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