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First Quarter 2010 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report

Has The Market Stabilized?
Market indicators still lagging economic optimism

Vacancy Continues to Rise
The overall vacancy rate in the Chicago Central Business District (CBD) rose to 16.0% for the first quarter of 2010, a 4.4 percentage point jump over the first quarter of 2009, and a 1.0 percentage point jump over the year-end 2009 rate of 15.0%. This is the highest overall vacancy rate in the CBD since the third quarter of 2005 when it reached 15.9%.

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