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First Quarter 2013 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Suburban Chicago Office Market Signals Steady—Albeit Slow—Improvement

Transaction activity within the suburban Chicago office market was relatively steady to begin the year, and a healthier tone continues to characterize the overall suburban market. Although the vacancy rate edged up during the first quarter from 18.3% to 18.6%, there continues to be ample interest from tenants for high quality space. Many tenants have been motivated to upgrade their space rather than renew, particularly in situations where attractive rents and/or concessions can help offset relocation costs.