Chicago metro area construction activity has been on the rise so far this year, most notably in the residential sector. The entire statistical area of the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area, which includes Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Jasper, Kane, Kendall, Kenosha, Lake, McHenry, Newton, Porter and Will counties in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois, has seen a total growth of 79 percent for residential construction in September on a year-to-date basis, according to a new report.

  • Dodge Data & Analytics report measures the September conditions for Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area in both non-residential and residential construction.
  • Year-to-date in September, residential construction in the metro climbed 79 percent, to $5,477,442,000.
  • September non-residential construction climbed 28 percent annually in September, to $565.044 million.
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Chicago metro area construction activity has been on the rise so far this year, most notably in the residential sector. The entire statistical area of the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area, which includes Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Jasper, Kane, Kendall, Kenosha, Lake, McHenry, Newton, Porter and Will counties in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois, has seen a total growth of 79 percent for residential construction in September on a year-to-date basis, according to a new report.

A recent report by Dodge Data & Analytics shows changes are mostly positive for the Chicago commercial and residential construction market. On a year-to-date basis, the only negative trend was reported within non-residential building, which fell 13 percent in September.

The metro’s total construction in August grew annually by 88 percent, to $1,781,843,000 — $1,216,799,000 of which was comprised of residential construction.

As far as residential construction grows, the total growth in the multifamily sector throughout the entire Chicagoland area hit $985,727,000 in August 2016. That figure is due in large part to the start of the Vista Tower during that month, which contributed a value of $780 million, Dodge Data & Analytics noted. In Cook County alone, there was $977,165,000 in total multifamily residential starts in August.

The Wanda Vista Tower includes both hotel and residential units, spanning 93 stories above grade and five stories below. The massive riverfront building will boast 406 luxury condos.

For multifamily starts, Will County saw the second biggest figure of $2.25 million in August. The county saw $31.703 million in single-family home starts.

DuPage County saw the biggest figure in single-family housing starts for August, the report shows. Bringing in $48.509 million for the month for single-family home starts, the county’s figure even surpassed Cook County. DuPage County had $1.25 million in multifamily starts, also.

Chicago and the surrounding area of Cook County saw a total of $45,278,000 in single-family residential starts in August.

Kane County saw the second-highest figure for multifamily residential housing starts for August, at $4.25 million. The area saw a total of $23.556 million for single-family residential starts, which was the fourth-highest figure in the Chicagoland area, according to the report. Lake County rounded out the top five for single-family residential starts, with a total of $22.881 million.

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