CHICAGO—Tenants are scrambling to occupy space in River North, but leasing activity slowed down in the Central Loop over the first quarter, with the submarket posting negative 10,859-square-feet of demand, according to a recent report from Colliers, and that follows just 48,075-square-feet of positive absorption in all of 2013.

But Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC, a Chicago litigation firm, brought a bit of good news by recently signing a long-term lease extension for its approximately 25,000-square-foot office in the historic Rookery Building, designed by architectural partners Burnham and Root and located in the Central Loop at 209 S. LaSalle. Commercial real estate services firm Studley represented the firm in the transaction.

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