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Downtown Sees Flurry of Office Leases Following Quiet Q1

Lactalis Heritage Dairy’s 35,000-square-foot sublease at 540 W. Madison St. is only one of a recent flurry of office leases in downtown Chicago. Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the leases, coming on the heels of downtown’s worst quarter for demand in 11 years, could be early examples of companies returning to the market.

Along with the Lactalis deal in the West Loop, Impact Networking leased another 31,335 square feet at 150 N. Michigan Ave., bringing its footprint to more 50,000 square feet at an East Loop office it has occupied since 2014.

In the Fulton Market District, furniture company Teknion leased nearly 22,000 square feet at Thor Equities’ new office building at 800 W. Fulton Market. Also in Fulton Market, Kimberly-Clark last week announced that it will open what it calls its North American commercial center in a newly renovated building at 1155 W. Fulton St.

Pictured: 150 N. Michigan Ave.

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