Chicago Office Market Report
Leasing Activity Strongest in High-End Buildings
and Residential Pockets of the Windy City
Renovations in the core highlight shifting demand trends. The concentration of older office assets has led to heightened pre-leasing on speculative builds, as organizations seek out top-tier space in Chicago. Firms that are expanding their physical footprints have shifted preferences in favor of newer, amenitized spaces in an effort to entice workers back to in-person operations. Sparked by this change, several office properties have undergone renovations to become more appealing, highlighted by the recent completion of the $500 million upgrade to Willis Tower, which added shops, restaurants and a rooftop park. Additionally, the final touches are being made to Salesforce Tower — a sustainable development with several certifications that is over 96 percent pre-leased, exemplifying the flight-to-quality atmosphere currently playing out in the core.