Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Lincoln Park region has higher rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have been posted online, which means listings are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 710 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1930 and are Class B.