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Third Quarter 2018 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report

The buoyancy of Chicago’s downtown office market continues into the third quarter with a positive absorption of over a quarter million square feet, totaling over two million square feet absorbed in 2018. In addition, year over year, direct availability dropped from 14.99% to 14.11% and direct vacancy dropped from 12.03% to 11.68% while direct asking rents increased from $38.68psf to $40.16psf, a new high-record asking rate.

 

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Mid-Year 2018 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

As the federal government tries its best to monitor growth and stem inflation (see box below), local village and city economies continue on their paths to recovery from the great recession which began over a decade ago. Quietly and assuredly, overall direct suburban vacancy and availability rates compressed over the past year from 19.45% to 17.06% and 21.35% to 21.25%, respectively, while gross asking rents increased by almost a dollar and half to $24.24psf. Although the first half of 2018 saw only 2.5 million sf of leasing deals inked, it also witnessed its first string of three, consecutive, half-way marks/six-month periods of positive net absorption since 2013 with 456,280 sf added to the metro’s ledgers*.

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Second Quarter 2018 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report

At the mid-year 2018, Chicago’s downtown office market exhibited the traits of equilibrium. Restraining the economic giddiness of increased employment and consumer confidence is the passing of the second of four promised interest-rate increases for 2018. The real success of this quarter’s office market, however, is how it responded after almost two million sf of space was added to the urban core’s ledger since the beginning of the year. To support this claim of confidence, Chicago’s CBD posted 1,713,755 sf of positive absorption, YTD, with 60% of all leasing transactions occurring in 2Q18.

 

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First Quarter 2018 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report

The first quarter began with a plethora of positive economic and confidence indicators for Chicago and the nation (see box below), including Site Selection magazine choosing Chicago for the fifth year in a row as the top metro for potential corporate growth. These all point to a continuing demand for office space acquisition and expansion. The question remains, however, does the current and pending demand for office space necessitate the supply of the one million square feet added over the course of 2017 and the pending three to five million square feet projected to deliver to the urban core over the next three years?

 

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Year-End 2017 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Chicago’s suburban office market suffered its fair share of hits over the past few years but seems to be on an upward trend. After struggling early in the year, the market ends 2017 with a positive net absorption of over 1.4 million sf, in which 1.65 million sf was added during the fourth quarter alone. Direct vacancy and availability rates compressed from mid-year’s 19.7% and 22.6% to the year end’s postings of 18% and 21.5%, respectively.

 

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