Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Near West Side submarket has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 20 listings have been listed, which means new listings are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 125% of the available leases in the Near West Side are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 8,000 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 5 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1925 and are Class B.