Suburban Chicago office market reports

Q2 2021

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COVID-19 has not spared the Chicago Suburbs in its effects on the regions office market. However, certain quantitative signs unique to this market point to a change in the market following a historic low. Suburban vaccination rates topple national averages, led by DuPage county sitting at 50.2% of its entire population being fully vaccinated. While Chicago MSA job losses have declined by -6.3%, office-using labor has only -4.1% change in employment. While still unfolding, total leasing activity by year’s end is projected to top levels seen since 2017 at 9.2M sf. Many companies and industries are still understanding what returning to the office means for them. But high vaccination rates, a relatively stable labor market, and promising leasing activity, a physical office presence may play a significant role in that answer.


Economic conditions

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



Office-using job gains and losses

Office-using job losses in have totaled 4.1 percent compared with 7.6 percent for other industries’ job losses, underscoring the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on the discretionary segments of the local economy. 



Vaccination rate

Vaccination rates in DuPage County have reached 50.2 percent, significantly higher than the national average.



Recovery rate

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


9.2 MSF

Leasing activity

While leasing activity has slowed, pro-rated activity volume for 2021 is projected to pass 9.2 MSF, levels not seen since 2017.



Vacancy rate

Vacancy was recorded at 18.1 percent at the end of the second quarter 2021, up 230 basis points from pre-pandemic levels.


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