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1350 Lake Shore Drive
1350 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
Studio
$1,360
1 Bedroom
$1,709
2 Bedrooms
$3,950
At home, this community's residents enjoy stainless-steel appliances, large closets and plush carpeting. Once they're outside, there's a Zip Car onsite, dog park and 24-hour laundry. Lincoln Park and the Target shopping center are nearby.
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1704 W 77th St
1704 W 77th St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
1 Bedroom
$735
2 Bedrooms
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A modernized apartment close to Barton Elementary School and W 76th St. Well presented homes. Some utility bills are paid as part of the rental agreement. Hardwood floors throughout.
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512 W Cornelia Ave
512 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
Studio
$1,075
1 Bedroom
$1,225
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7100 South Shore Drive
7100 S South Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
Studio
$703
1 Bedroom
$1,107
2 Bedrooms
$1,193
Luxury apartments located right on South Shore Drive with stunning lake views. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments close to Hyde Park and plenty of restaurants and shops. Spacious units with large closets.
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Elm Street Plaza
1130 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
Studio
$1,575
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,718
Oak Street Beach and tons of shopping options along West Division Street are convenient to this property. Units include full appliance range and a patio or balcony. There's also garage parking and a gym on-site.
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Sheridan Tower
5650 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
Studio
$1,056
1 Bedroom
$1,301
2 Bedrooms
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The Renaissance
901 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:20am
1 Bedroom
$1,214
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215 West Apartments
215 W Washington St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:13am
Studio
$1,830
1 Bedroom
$2,215
2 Bedrooms
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Great location in the heart of the theater and financial district, close to the Washington/Wells L stop. Units feature laundry, patio or balcony, and granite counters. Community includes BBQ grill, concierge, pool and sauna.
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The Tides at Lakeshore East
360 E South Water St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:12am
Studio
$1,702
1 Bedroom
$2,142
2 Bedrooms
$3,060
Rooftop swimming pool and sundeck, with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline. Upgraded contemporary kitchens feature granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, full-sized washers/dryers, and private patios/balconies.
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Mondial River West
910 W Huron St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:02am
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1 Bedroom
$2,335
2 Bedrooms
$3,320
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JeffJack Apartments
601 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:25pm
Studio
$2,054
1 Bedroom
$2,263
2 Bedrooms
$3,225
Near Chicago Union Station and interstates 90, 94 and 290. LEED-designed residence with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Smoke-free units have walk-in closets, stainless steel kitchen appliances and washer/dryer. Internet cafe, gym, dog park.
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Sono East
840 W Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:25pm
Studio
$2,262
1 Bedroom
$2,399
2 Bedrooms
$2,928
Modern feel with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors close to Route 64. Concierge, gym and pool. Close to dining at Joe's on Weed Street and Burger Bar Chicago and shopping at Nordstrom.
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The Pavillion
5441 N East River Rd
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:25pm
Studio
$1,019
1 Bedroom
$1,148
2 Bedrooms
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The Cumberland "L" station and Triangle Plaza are only minutes from this property. Community amenities include a sauna, tennis court, hot tub and pool. Apartments are furnished and feature a range of appliances.
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Sky 55
1255 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:25pm
1 Bedroom
$1,750
2 Bedrooms
$2,288
Convenient to Roosevelt station. Modern apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows in a community boasting panoramic lake and city views. Community offers a rooftop garden courtyard, dining terrace and swimming pool. On-site grocery store and garage parking.
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Sienna
423 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 23 at 12:07am
1 Bedroom
$2,475
2 Bedrooms
$3,890
Gray quartz kitchen counter tops, stainless steel appliances, French door refrigerator, and pendant lighting. Units provide ample space with walk-in closets and built-in shelving and oak tone flooring.
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534 Belden
534 W Belden Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:53pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,020
Lincoln Park duplex that features granite counters, hardwood floors, central heat and air conditioning, and a fireplace. Just off Lincoln Avenue between Oz Park and Lincoln Park.
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417 W Roscoe St
417 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:53pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,895
Great location bordering Lake Michigan and within minutes of Lincoln Park and Wrigley Field. Smoke-free studio apartments with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Bike storage and on-site laundry facilities.
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2256 N Cleveland Ave
2256 N Cleveland Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:53pm
Studio
$975
Studio units in a recently restored historic building on the corner of Cleveland Avenue and West Belden. Units feature full appliances, hardwood floors, and ceiling fans. Gym, laundry, and parking on site.
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465 North Park
465 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:41pm
Studio
$1,940
1 Bedroom
$2,540
2 Bedrooms
$4,200
This new construction community is a luxury lifestyle center. On-site amenities include a pool, outdoor lounge with a fireplace, sky lounge, and dog run and pet spa. Spacious interiors with high-end finishes.
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Roosevelt Collection Lofts
1135 S Delano Ct E
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 11:41pm
1 Bedroom
$2,156
2 Bedrooms
$2,381
Luxury lofts featuring hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and granite counters. Located in the South Loop, just blocks from Michigan Avenue. Pet-friendly complex with gym. Close to dining at Yang and Kai Sushi.
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The Mason
180 N Ada St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:20pm
Studio
$1,750
1 Bedroom
$2,120
2 Bedrooms
$3,660
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Echelon Chicago
353 N Desplaines St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:20pm
Studio
$1,763
1 Bedroom
$1,974
2 Bedrooms
$2,825
Great location in downtown Chicago close to public transit, grocery stores, and dining. Resort-style rooftop pool and sundeck, fitness center, clubroom, and outdoor grilling patio. Units have spacious bathrooms and granite counters.
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Prairie Shores
2851 S King Dr
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:19pm
Studio
$884
1 Bedroom
$932
2 Bedrooms
$1,255
A beautiful view of Lake Michigan and easy access to 31st Street Beach come standard at this community. There's onsite management, a lounge and complimentary storage also provided. Apartments have granite countertops and in-unit laundry.
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1001 South State
1001 S State St
Chicago, IL
Updated March 22 at 09:19pm
Studio
$1,723
1 Bedroom
$2,209
2 Bedrooms
$3,442
Luxury living in the South Loop, within walking distance to Lake Michigan. Modern floor plans. Apartments feature custom cabinets, plank flooring and large windows with cityscape views. Keyless entry, outdoor pool and bike share.
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City GuideChicago
"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Ah, Chicago, metropolis of the Midwest! Being the third largest city in the United States, Chicago is a major nerve center for business, culture, and entertainment. Though it’s no longer just a rest stop between the east and west coasts, the Big Onion still has a whole world to offer. From urban skyscrapers and honking taxis along Lakeshore Drive, to tree-lined streets and grassy parks, there is a niche for every taste. With almost 4 million people calling the windy city their home, though, finding your own place in the chaos can seem like a daunting task.

Having trouble with Craigslist Chicago? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

The world was first introduced to the Ferris Wheel at the 1983 World Fair in Chicago. The construction astounded the public, and has been replicated consistently all over the world for well over a century. This Ferris Wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier can seat up to 240 people.

Wrigley Field has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and in that time has hosted everything from skiing events to Chicago's football team to circus elephants! While the Cubs might not be the nation's most promising baseball teams, their fans are undoubtedly loyal and their hot dogs are worth the trip alone.

Chicago is an architecture lover's dream - and with the Buckingham Fountain in the middle of Chicago's legendary Grant Park, why wouldn't it be? This gem of a landmark was designed after one of the fountains at Versailles Palace, and is one the largest fountains in the world!

Basic Tips on Chicago Living

Everyone knows you don’t put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, and everyone knows that trying to travel through Wrigleyville during a Cubs game will be a mob scene. Here are a few other bits of city-specific advice for fledgling Chicagoans. Though renting stand-alone houses is definitely not unheard of here, the most common living arrangements are apartments and condominiums, the latter of which are sometimes rented out privately by their owners. The range of styles, ages and quality amongst them, however, varies depending on where you’re looking and how much you’re willing to spend. Knowing this, how on earth do you even get started?

How to Find an Apartment

It’s always best to know what you want in an apartment first. What’s important to you? What’s your price range? Are you willing to sacrifice size for location? Do you want a vintage flat, a hole-in-the-wall studio, or an updated 40th floor pad with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan? One great thing about apartment hunting in Chicago is that there are multiple services that will take down all your criteria, and then drive you around the city to see multiple options, free of charge. Of course, there are always Internet listings, newspaper ads, and for many areas, a simple walk through the neighborhood to glimpse “for rent” signs will suffice.

Chicago really has no defined “rental season”. Apartments are available year-round, though if anything, there are more options and they tend to go quicker and rent higher in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you’re more likely to lose a good dwelling to another contender if you don’t act fast. Renting a place out in the middle of January may give you a price or time advantage, but moving a couch up to the fourth floor of a walk-up building when the back staircase is covered in ice may also cause you to think twice.

What to Expect From A Chicago Pad

Quality and Style: As previously stated, Chicago has every type of dwelling imaginable, though different neighborhoods and price ranges will yield different results. Multi-unit high-rise buildings usually have amenities included, such as a concierge/doorman, a communal rooftop deck, a pool, or a fitness center. These types of buildings will also have more restrictions or fees for moving in and out. Older buildings with radiator heat will often have gas and heat included in the rent, which is a huge advantage in the winter months when heating prices can break $150 - $200 or more a month. Also, you’d be hard-pressed to find an apartment in the city of Chicago that requires you to pay your own water bill.

Common Logistics: A 12-month lease is standard, though occasionally a larger company will throw in financial perks for signing a longer lease. Short-term or month-to-month leases are hard to come by unless you’re subletting or renting from a private landlord. As far as security deposits go, the standard is equivalent to one month’s rent. More and more often, though, management companies are requiring a non-refundable move-in fee (usually between $150 and $300 per person) instead of a security deposit.

Your Renting Arsenal: Here is a list of common things that will be required for a rental application:

  • Photo ID for all applicants
  • It’s perfectly normal (especially with management companies) to require a $25 - $50 non-refundable credit/background check fee per applicant.
  • Expect to provide information on an application including (but not limited to) current employer information, financial information, previous landlord contact information, and personal or professional references.
  • Many larger management companies will require previous bank statements or pay stubs as proof of income
Chicago Neighborhoods

Within the city of Chicago, there are over 200 unique neighborhoods that are fluid and socially constructed, each with their own quirks and day-to-day life. On a much larger (and more general) scale, the city can be broken up into four massive sections. Consider this a “jumping off” point in finding your ‘hood. Once you decide which side of the city is best for you, look into doing some research on that area’s neighborhoods to find the best fit. A semi-official map of Chicago’s neighborhoods can be found here.

The Loop: The central hub of Chicago, dubbed “the loop” due to the circular path that the elevated trains take around it, is mainly considered a commercial area. It boasts the quintessential Chicago landmarks, including skyscrapers, museums, Grant and Millennium Parks, a theatre district, and a large shopping district. Housing in the loop tends to be sparser and located more toward the perimeter. This area is bustling during the day. Living spaces are compact high-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Generally, the further your living proximity from the loop, the lower cost, more spacious, and more “residential” your apartment will tend to be.

North side: Closer to the loop and Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. There are many town houses around these neighborhoods, too. As you continue north, rent drops a little and the streets become tree-lined, yet population rises considerably. The north side, as a whole, is the most densely populated section of the city, especially along the lakefront. This area has a lot of neighborhood amenities, parks, and nightlife. It boasts a pretty even number of two and three-flat buildings, vintage courtyard buildings, and high-rises of all different types, with pockets of single-family homes woven in.

South side: The south side covers a much larger land area. Some parts of the south side are quaint, residential communities, and some are rather old and historic.The neighborhoods here have more single-family homes and smaller buildings. Millions of Chicagoans still call it home.

West side: Just west of the loop has historically been an industrial zone; the famous Chicago Union Stockyards were once located here. Closer to downtown, you’ll find loft-style condominiums and old warehouses converted into restaurants and galleries, as well as one of the largest medical districts in the United States. Further out, more stand-alone houses, town homes and bungalows appear.

Urban Circulation

If this city had a heartbeat, its veins would be rich with commuters. The question is really not whether you’ll be able to get around the city, but how you will get around the city. As with any metropolis, Chicago is easily walk-able, but some distances are just too far.

Public Transit: Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Eight train lines (both elevated and underground) and over 140 bus routes operate daily all over the city; some run 24/7, others only at peak hours. For commuting further from the city limits, the regional transit authority operates 11 Metra rail lines and suburban buses that service over 200 stations in cities ranging as far as southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.

Biking: Chicago is a big city for biking (surprisingly) year-round. Bike lanes can be spotted along many major streets. Bike paths also run along large portions of the lakefront for a more leisurely commute.

Driving: Generally one of the least desirable forms of transportation in Chicago, yet a lot of people still do it. Finding an apartment with a designated parking spot can be difficult and pricey in many areas of the city (think an extra $150 - $200 a month for a spot in a parking garage or outdoor lot), and street parking is a cutthroat battle. Don’t even get me started on driving through the city at rush hour. If you need to have a car in Chicago, be forewarned that it will probably become very expensive and frustrating very quickly.

Chicago is rich in history and culture, while still being a modern city. With this much variety, you’ll be able to find the right place for your lifestyle or budget, all within an exciting urban setting. Hopefully this guide has given you a more concrete idea of what to expect and how to get started on your search. Happy hunting!

March 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2019 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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March 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2019 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Chicago rents declined over the past month

Chicago rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased marginally by 0.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,070 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,260 for a two-bedroom. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.2%, but trails the national average of 0.9%.

    Rents rising across the Chicago Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Chicago, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Chicago metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Waukegan has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $990; additionally, the city has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro over the past month (0.5%).
    • Naperville has seen rents fall by 0.6% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Chicago metro with a two-bedroom median of $1,740.

    Chicago rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

    As rents have increased marginally in Chicago, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Chicago is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

    • Illinois as a whole has logged -0.2% year-over-year growth, while rents across other cities throughout the state have seen varying trends. For example, rents have grown by 1.0% in Peoria whereas rents have fallen 0.3% in Rockford.
    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,260 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 0.7% increase in Chicago.
    • While Chicago's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Denver (+2.4%), New York (+2.0%), and DC (+2.0%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chicago than most comparable cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is nearly two-and-a-half times the price in Chicago.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Chicago
    $1,070
    $1,260
    -0.1%
    0.7%
    Aurora
    $1,120
    $1,320
    -0.2%
    1.3%
    Joliet
    $950
    $1,110
    -0.4%
    -7.6%
    Naperville
    $1,480
    $1,740
    -0.6%
    1.1%
    Elgin
    $980
    $1,160
    -0.3%
    -1.5%
    Waukegan
    $840
    $990
    0.5%
    0.9%
    Arlington Heights
    $1,240
    $1,460
    -0.4%
    1.8%
    Evanston
    $1,300
    $1,520
    0
    2.2%
    Schaumburg
    $1,400
    $1,650
    -0.4%
    4.3%
    Bolingbrook
    $1,310
    $1,540
    0.2%
    2.9%
    Palatine
    $1,160
    $1,360
    -0.6%
    3.2%
    Des Plaines
    $980
    $1,150
    0
    -6%
    Wheaton
    $1,220
    $1,440
    0.7%
    0
    Hoffman Estates
    $1,120
    $1,320
    1.1%
    0.9%
    Oak Park
    $850
    $1,000
    1.6%
    -9.1%
    Lombard
    $1,360
    $1,600
    -0.6%
    7.7%
    Buffalo Grove
    $1,360
    $1,600
    0
    2.8%
    Crystal Lake
    $1,210
    $1,420
    -0.4%
    -3.4%
    Carol Stream
    $1,140
    $1,340
    -0.4%
    2.6%
    Romeoville
    $1,590
    $1,870
    0.2%
    2.4%
    Wheeling
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0
    -2.2%
    Calumet City
    $870
    $1,020
    0.1%
    -2.7%
    Glendale Heights
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0.8%
    -1.1%
    St. Charles
    $1,230
    $1,450
    -1.3%
    -9.7%
    Woodridge
    $1,200
    $1,410
    0.3%
    1.2%
    Mundelein
    $1,210
    $1,420
    1.1%
    5.5%
    Lansing
    $850
    $1,000
    -0.1%
    -4.7%
    Vernon Hills
    $1,340
    $1,570
    0.5%
    0.2%
    Woodstock
    $970
    $1,140
    -0.2%
    -1.1%
    Westmont
    $1,240
    $1,460
    -1.1%
    3.8%
    Lisle
    $1,190
    $1,400
    -1.1%
    1.3%
    Park Forest
    $980
    $1,150
    0
    0.2%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Chicago’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Chicago renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

    View full Chicago Renter Survey

    Here’s how Chicago ranks on:

    B-
    Overall satisfaction
    D
    Safety and crime rate
    C
    Jobs and career opportunities
    B+
    Recreational activities
    C
    Affordability
    B+
    Social Life
    C+
    Commute time
    A+
    Public transit
    C+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Chicago’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Chicago renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Chicago, some aspects can be better."

    Key Findings in Chicago include the following:

    • Chicago renters gave their city a B- overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Chicago were public transit and social life, which received grades of A+ and B+, respectively.
    • The areas of concern to Chicago renters are quality of local schools and state and local taxes, which both received F grades.
    • Chicago millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-, while renters who are parents were less satisfied, giving it an F grade.
    • Chicago earned similar scores compared to other nearby cities like Milwaukee (B-) and Kansas City (B), but earned higher marks than Detroit (F) and Indianapolis (C+).
    • Chicago did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Columbus (C+) and Baltimore (C).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "There’s always something to do and no need to drive anywhere. There are lots of great people and tons of jobs." -Matthew H.
    • "I love all of the beautiful scenery, food, and activities whether you’re single or have a family. But the taxes and cost of living is way too high here." -Angela O.
    • "Love the events, downtown area, parks, and nightlife, but I hate the crime." -Anon.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here