On average, listings lease in the $10's per square foot per year. The Skokie submarket is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $4 per sqft per year. That's a 18% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Chicagoland market, the Skokie submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 35 listings have been made available, which means office spaces are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,071 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1973 and are Class A.