Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Near West Side submarket has higher rates, and you'll need to pay a premium to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 16 listings have come on the market, which means new listings are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 6% of the available leases in the Near West Side are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,050 sqft. Most buildings in this area are approximately 5 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1925 and are Class B.