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114 N Aberdeen, Chicago, IL 60607
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1471 N Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60622
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2042 North Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614
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948 W Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Retail Space at a Glance

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and Lincoln Park is the heart of it. Young college grads, college students and families flock to live on tree-lined streets with corner pubs, local restaurants and small boutiques. Small retail space is common to reach this type of audience. Head west to Goose Island / Clybourn Corridor hub to reach consumers shopping for everything for the home from furniture, lighting, and home décor to containers, outdoor and appliances.  The North Side’s Big Box retailers including Best Buy, Crate and Barrel, and the third-largest Whole Foods in the world. Not all space begs a 75,000 footprint though, as small retailers are starting to pop up in Goose Island and New City.

If your retail business wants to reach hipsters and young families, heading west to Bucktown or Wicker Park might be a good option. Coffee shops, local retailers, salons, restaurants and boutiques are the norm on Damen Avenue and Division Street, where there is more space and parking is available.   

Of course, there is nothing like the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Tourists, office workers, university and locals alike all flock to the popular Michigan Avenue spot for their retail therapy. Restaurant row in the West Loop features the city’s hottest restaurants and clubs. The latest fitness concepts, boutique grocery stores and local salons are popping up in the West Loop to keep up with the demand of recent new construction.

If your small business is targeting families, you might consider retail space in the North Shore suburbs like Evanston. Northwestern University brings students and faculty alike, not to mention a population of 75,000 who enjoy the lake and local retailers.

Heading west, another popular suburb for local retailers include Oak Park and Park Ridge. Sidewalks and close proximity to the city make this neighborhood ideal for young families, yet drivability to retail space is key. Further west is Oak Brook and Naperville where retail space is at a maximum to serve the third largest city in Illinois.

Whether you’re a small business owner looking to snag a deal or locate in the heart of the city, Truss has options for you.

When you begin your search on Truss, you can pinpoint a few neighborhood options. We know location is critical for retailers and this feature is great to determine the monthly rent that falls within your budget. And Truss is the first platform to provide this level of price transparency for business owners seeking retail space for lease! The technology also matches the landlord’s intended use of space to your business, which means restaurant owners can find space specifically designed for restaurants immediately.

 Don’t let having access to so many spaces overwhelm you! Our real estate experts can also narrow the options, show you the space and help negotiate the terms before you sign the lease.

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