chi-Exterior Rendering (2) Medical tenants have potential to backfill vacated retail spaces. Advocate Health Care is committed to upgrading this former Sports Authority building in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

CHICAGO—The rise of e-commerce, along with the shutdown of many storied names from the retail world, has prompted many to ask whether or not the sky is falling in the sector. Although no one would dismiss the seriousness of the internet’s challenge to brick-and-mortar stores, there are a number of signs which show retail is just in a tough transition, rather than a meltdown.