chi-hoffmanvillage (2) Mariano’s, a popular grocer has helped revive Hoffman Village at 2555 W. Golf Rd., in Hoffman Estates, IL. The grocer will probably slow the pace of its new construction next year.

CHICAGO—Although a lot of worries surround the retail sector, vacancy recently declined throughout much of the Chicago region. And combined with a slow construction pipeline, that has meant rental rates have finally started to rise. The increases are not exactly large, but it’s still a noticeable change from 2016.