Chicago Industrial Market Grows According To 2018 Report

May 3, 2018

The growth trend in industrial real estate that was happening in 2017 in certain Chicago submarkets continues to be strong in 2018. The submarkets like O’Hare and Central DuPage continue to set record low vacancy rates while other submarkets along the I-80 and I-55 corridors remain extremely attractive as well.

Below is an article from rejournals.com that chronicles the industrial real estate climate and the rapid rise in demand for industrial space since 2013 in the Chicago metro area. After reading the article, give us a call at Caton Commercial so we can partner with you to find the industrial space that best meets your needs now and in the future.

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Source: rejournals.com | Re-Post Caton Commercial 5/3/2018

Key submarkets in the Chicago industrial market continue to surge ahead. According to a research report, the Chicago metro area as a whole had new leases and lease expansions of 6.9 million square of during the first quarter of 2018. The 4.5 million square feet of total net absorption is the strongest first quarter tally since 2016.

However, some submarkets continue to remain more attractive than others. The I-80 and I-55 Corridors saw net absorptions of 1.79 and 1.22 million square feet, respectively. The next largest submarket by net absorption was I-290 South, with 642,049 square feet. Meanwhile, I-290 North shed 380,007 square feet and McHenry also had negative absorption with -303,007 square feet; there is currently 1.34 million square feet under construction in the former.

What had been three straight quarters of vacancy rate rises following the completion of numerous vacant spec projects has slowed. The rate is close to matching the low of 6.59 percent recorded a year ago during Q1 2017. The usual suspect infill submarkets like O’Hare and Central DuPage continue to set record low vacancy rates while submarkets that have seen significant spec development, including the I-55 Corridor and I-80 Joliet Corridor, are witnessing rising vacancy rates.

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