The Chicago market is attractive to many companies versus its coastal competitors. Compared to the same price in San Francisco, you can get double the amount of space in an apartment in Chicago, according to DNAInfo. Plus the public transportation is reliable and navigates to many different parts of the city. Chicago is not the right place to own a car for your daily commute, as the commute times are lengthy and parking options are limited. In fact, Chicago has the longest driver commute time of any US city, at 32.4 minutes. Chicago’s driving commute team is even longer than Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
Additionally, rush hours are seemingly never ending. Rush hour stretches for 4 hours each morning and evening. The two major rush “hours” are from 6:30 am–10:30 am and 3:30 pm–7:30 pm, respectively. But don’t sweat it, Chicago’s transportation system is among the best. The Chicago Transit Authority can take you all over the city.
Chicago attracts and retains people for its fantastic food and cultural scene. Check out do312 for the latest list of music events, festivals and neighborhood happenings, or Eater for the latest restaurant openings.
The bookable flexible office locations on LiquidSpace have doubled over the last year alone, as coworking operators, buildings and private businesses jump at the flex office opportunity. Today there are over 665 readily available to book and many more in the network. Chicago is the 4th top searched market for Flexible Office, behind New York, San Francisco, and LA respectively. It edges out Houston according to LiquidSpace search data, which rounds out the top 5. The average rent of flexible office is $217 per person per month. This makes Chicago affordable compared to the national average of $512 per person per month.
Corporate real estate managers and the C-suite are beginning to build their real estate portfolios to include both core and flexible offices. Core refers to stable office space, which companies lease for terms spanning years. Core office is mostly devoted to headquarter spaces or established markets. Companies rent flexible offices for spans of hours, months and years for the purpose of satellite space, expansion space, and to provide employees with mobility. Flexible offices are often furnished, serviced workspaces – from coworking, serviced office, and direct from buildings.
Renting flexible office space is often more affordable than renting traditional office space. The costs, however, are closer in Chicago than in other markets. Leasing of core office space has slowed down, and pre-leasing is at 31.2% according to JLL. Renters can expect to pay $39.66 per square foot of core office space in Chicago. At 150 square feet per employee the cost for a core space is about $5,949 per year. Whereas, the average price per person for flexible office space is $217, adding up to a more affordable $2,606 per year.
An area where LiquidSpace is adding to the available flexible office options is through altSpace. altSpace combines carefully curated office fit-outs with LiquidSpace-approved landlord and partner spaces. In addition to space and fit-out, the altSpace service layer provides design consultation, IT procurement and a dedicated LiquidSpace concierge to help manage a customer’s move and the facility manager’s needs, where we can alter existing space into flexible space.
Chicago is one city to benefit from altSpace as the tech and financial industries boom. To get insights into how a Fortune 500 company put their team culture first by leveraging altSpace read their customer success story. Building operators are adding flexibility to their asset portfolio to meet the evolving needs for flexibility from their customers. One example in Chicago of a building portfolio augmenting its flexible space is the Ivanhoe Cambridge building at 180 North LaSalle. The 38-story Class A office building is located in the highly regarded Central Loop / LaSalle Street submarket of downtown Chicago. Learn how you can leverage the altSpace program as a building owner.
Chicago is an international city. One that has for a long time worked with the coastal US hubs and also with the international ones. Thus flexible and remote work has been embraced for longer. According to the Chicago Tribune “the population of employees who work mostly from home has nearly doubled since 2005”. Because of this trend, flexible work is ingrained in the city’s DNA and is fueling Flexible Office growth in Chicago.
From manufacturing, to energy, to technology, Chicago is home to a diverse set of industries. Making Chicago the place to be through the ups-and-downs of economic lifecycles. Home to 34 companies off of the Fortune 500 list, Chicago also ranks above the coastal cities for ease of doing business. Two notable sectors in Chicago are Energy and Technology.
Renewables have increased 5X from 2005 as the total share of energy production. The state of Illinois is ranked 5th in the nation for installed wind power. Chicago claims the prize for top number of wind companies at 23, more than any US city according to WBC.
The largest employment growth 42% has been in the Technology sector from 91,783 employed in 2007, to 130,436 employed in 2016. With a total of 13,854 companies in the technology sector, significant year-over-year investment, and strong tech incubator focus, this core strength is here to stay.
Several business schools including the Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago and the Kellogg School of Management churn out a yearly supply of new management and leadership talent that’s ready for Chicago’s diverse economy. Technology graduates from Columbia College and Northwestern University are becoming the backbone of Chicago’s technology growth. According to the Chicago Tribune more than a quarter of business school graduates, and over 50% of the technology program graduates stay to pursue careers in Chicago. In fact the KPMG disruptive technologies 2017 survey ranked Chicago as number 6 on the world’s innovation hubs to watch, ranking behind San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.