Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the West Side region has higher rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 40 listings have been posted online, which means leases might be going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 3% of the available space in the West Side are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,650 sqft, there are still 0 office spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 3 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1926 and are Class B.