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Chicago Industrial Rebounds in Q4 from Slight Pause

Following a slight dip in demand during the third quarter of 2022, Chicago industrial picked right back up during Q4, with net absorption totaling 9.9 million square feet between October and December, Colliers reported. This brought the total for 2022 to 40.6 million square feet, the second greatest annual net absorption total in the market’s history.   

Despite an increase in speculative construction deliveries, the industrial vacancy rate decreased during all four quarters of 2022, dropping nearly a full percentage point from 5.44% at the end of 2021 to an all-time low of 4.5% by the end of December. While this rate slowed during the last two quarters of the year, this was largely a function of new vacant product being delivered rather than a drop in demand.  

Half of the 22 tracked submarkets reported a vacancy rate below the market average and seven boasted a rate below 3%, said Colliers. 


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