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Chicago Industrial Vacancies Post First Increase Since Q4 2020

Despite strongly positive net absorption and an uptick in new leasing volume, Chicago’s industrial vacancy rate increased during the first quarter of 2023 for the first time since Q4 2020, Colliers reported. Twenty speculative construction projects totaling 7.1 million square feet were delivered during the quarter, a record amount, introducing 5.4 million square feet of vacant space to the market and pushing up the overall industrial vacancy rate by 3 basis points to 4.53%. 

At the same time, Colliers noted the market’s continued strength. Tenants signed 127 new leases or lease expansions totaling 12.1 million square feet between January and March, a 30% increase over last quarter’s total and the largest quarterly total since the Q2 2022.   
As a result, net absorption totaled 7.4 million square feet for the quarter. Although slightly below last quarter’s total, it was still above the five-year quarterly average.  


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