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The Federal Aviation Administration's lease for 115,937 of office space in Rolling Meadows was one of suburban Chicago's largest office deals in Q1

Suburban Chicago Office Vacancies Decline for First Time Since Q1 2020 

For the first time since the pandemic began, office vacancy in Chicago’s suburbs has decreased, reports Colliers’ Ronna Larsen. Overall vacancies were down a modest, but noteworthy, 10 basis points in 2022’s first quarter, dropping to 26.0%. 

The O’Hare market boasts the lowest vacancy at 18.8%. Conversely, the Northwest market continues to offer the most options with 34.9% vacancy. 

Eleven new leases exceeding 15,000 square feet were signed throughout the suburbs in Q1, according to Larsen, director of research. There are currently more than 85 tenants, totaling more than 2.8 million square feet, in the suburban office market seeking 10,000 square feet or more 

Although Class B properties will continue struggling, recently renovated Class B properties will get some traction as high-quality, Class A space gets leased. However, Larsen notes that with a shortage of multifamily, senior housing and self-storage assets, Class B stock may end up being repurposed. 


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Colliers' Larsen

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