The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Skokie region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $22 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Skokie region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 8 listings have been posted online, which means listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 63% of the available leases in the Skokie are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 8,180 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1972 and are Class A.