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Savills’ Sevim Sees 2023 as the Year of Relocations Downtown

2023 will be the year of relocations for Chicago’s commercial real estate market as occupiers begin moving into space that was leased post-pandemic, predicted Savills vice chairman Robert Sevim. Many companies will move into their new locations this year, providing useful, updated numbers on occupancy and how tenants utilize their workspaces. 

“We have seen a growing trend of companies implementing an in-office requirement to support their cultural and productivity objectives,” Sevim said. “However, we still don’t have the full data and analytics to determine how occupancy affects space utilization.” Most companies that have returned to the office in higher numbers are in sectors that feature apprentice-based positions, such as law firms, financial institutions, design firms and engineering firms. 

Although there are office leasing opportunities for tenants all over Chicago, Sevim noted that Fulton Market continues to boom while the Central Loop continues to struggle. 

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