Positive Underlying Tone Continues to Characterize Downtown Chicago Office Market
The downtown Chicago office market finished the year on a positive note, and although the pace of improvement has leveled off, the market remains stable with a strong underlying bid for quality space. Overall vacancies declined nominally early this year and ended the first quarter at 12.6%. Stepping back to look at the broader trend, virtually all key market metrics have improved over the past 12 to 18 months. This continues to evidence a slow improving trend since the global economic crisis.