Chicago CBD office market reports

Q2 2021

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Chicago CBD continues to recover from COVID-19 economic impact. As local government and businesses continue to reopen, the return to normalcy will be a progression. In the office sector, businesses are taking various approaches to return to office. Most are employing a flexible schedule not only to accommodate any ongoing health risks, but also to witness how a hybrid model operates for their specific business. Cook County vaccination rates remain slightly higher than national averages at 47.5% and 46.1% respectively. Leasing activity remains stagnant down -59.5% and sublease space has continued to spike towards 6.0 msf, though there is anticipated demand as return-to-office plans begin to take shape. 


Economic conditions

Reopening efforts and higher vaccination rates have allowed the Chicagoland unemployment rate to rebound from a high of 16.5 percent to 7.5 percent.



Office-using job losses

Office-using job losses have totaled 4.1 percent compared with 11.0 percent for other industries’ job losses, underscoring the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on the discretionary segments of the local economy. 



Recovery rate 

The overall post-COVID rate of recovery based on extrapolated cell phone data is 35.7 percent.



Chicago recovery index for select occupiers

Chicago office occupiers have navigated their return-to-work strategies differently, with banking and media firms returning more quickly than tech and law firms. The overall rate of recovery is a comparatively low 19.7 percent, though bellwether companies are beginning to mandate that their employees return to the office.



Office leasing activity

Leasing activity has paused, decreasing by 59.5 percent compared with long-term historical averages.



Office demand

The Class A segment accounts for a 60 percent share of post-COVID sublease supply.


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