Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Merrillville region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 17 listings have come on the market, which means office spaces are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 82% of the available leases in the Merrillville are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. 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 1,770 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 1 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1983 and are Class B.