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Amazon leased one million square feet at CenterPoint Intermodal Center, the Chicago area's biggest industrial lease of 2022's first quarter

Chicago Industrial Vacancy Reaches Lowest Rate on Record 

Near-record new leasing volume and impressive demand in the Chicago industrial market pushed the overall vacancy rate down 53 basis points to 4.91% in the first quarter, the lowest rate ever recorded. The previous record of 5.39% was recorded during the third quarter of 2000, according to Craig Hurvitz, VP | market research for Colliers. 
 
Five submarkets hit record low vacancy rates during the first quarter of 2022, led by the I-55 Corridor, where nearly four million square feet of new leases pushed the rate down 163 bps during the quarter to 1.73%. A year ago, the I-55 Corridor vacancy rate was 11.4%. 
 
Net absorption totaled 11.7 million square feet between January and March, only slightly below last quarter’s total of 12 million square feet. Over the past four quarters, net absorption has totaled nearly 50 million square feet, the greatest tally over a 12-month period in the market’s history.

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