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Financial Corridor on Verge of Losing 3 Big Financial Tenants

Three big banks are planning to leave LaSallle Street, the Central Loop thoroughfare that was established as Chicago’s financial district a century ago. The three relocations will result in vacancies totaling 1.8 million square feet over the next five years, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

Bank of America will reportedly move to a new tower at 110 N. Wacker Dr. in 2020, while BMO Harris is in discussions to leave LaSalle Street for a proposed tower near Union Station in 2022. Northern Trust is reportedly poised to consolidate Chicago operations into the East Loop in 2023.

LaSalle Street’s office stock is characterized by “older buildings and small floorplates—two things that are not really the trend these days,” MB Real Estate’s Andy Davidson told Crain’s. Landlords along the corridor face competition from six million square feet of new construction in the Fulton Market District alone, along with millions more elsewhere downtown.

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