Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The West Side submarket is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $1 per sqft per year. That's a 6% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the West Side submarket has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 45 listings have been made available, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. 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 3,280 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are approximately 3 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1927 and are Class B.