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CHICAGO—Chicagoland retailersshould have steady tailwinds for the rest of the year, and acontinued slowdown in new construction projects will most likelytighten up the vacancy rates in many submarkets, according to a newmarket forecast from Marcus& Millichap.

Developers will add just another1.3 million square feet of new space to the inventory, mostly inthe suburbs, one of the lowest amounts in 11 years and a bigdrop-off from 2016, when 3.2 million square feet were completed.Still, M & M also says tenants will absorb about 2.5 millionsquare feet of space in 2017, which would make it the fourth yearin a row where absorption outpaced new supply.

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