The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Skokie region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $6 per sqft per year. That's a 32% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Skokie region has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 12 listings have been posted online, which means listings are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 8% of the available space in the Skokie are subleases, so you will probably need to consider the implications of signing a direct lease with the building. 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 3,000 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 1 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1973 and are Class A.