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3511 Apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

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Near North Side
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Last updated April 6 at 04:17am
Lakeview
2 Units Available
596 West Hawthorne
596 W Hawthorne Pl, Chicago, IL
Studio
$973
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Comfortable apartments with ceiling fans and fully-equipped kitchens. Units have vintage details and crown molding. On-site laundry and private parking lend extra convenience to apartment living. Within walking distance of several restaurants.
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Last updated April 6 at 04:16am
Near North Side
1 Unit Available
1330 N Dearborn
1330 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,660
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Contemporary units near restaurants, bus routes and a library. Apartments have large bathrooms with ceramic tile, spacious closets and expansive windows offering lake and city views.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near West Side
36 Units Available
727 W Madison
727 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,055
543 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,595
773 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,790
1139 sqft
Iconic living starts at the intersection of Madison and Halsted. 727 West Madison includes unparalleled views, luxe amenities and premier access to Chicago's best restaurants and nightlife. Welcome to West Loop living.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
The Loop
75 Units Available
The Cooper
720 S Wells Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,650
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,256
748 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
1297 sqft
The Cooper is Southbank’s first residential highrise, located on the South Branch of the Chicago River. Inspired by our city’s relentless creative energy, The Cooper offers modern residences with a unique perspective on living.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:34am
The Loop
47 Units Available
The Tides at Lakeshore East
360 E South Water St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,918
665 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,899
799 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,178
1245 sqft
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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Last updated April 6 at 01:15am
The Loop
42 Units Available
AMLI Lofts
850 S Clark St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,736
631 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,114
771 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,898
1200 sqft
Studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments feature modern kitchens, fireplace, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry. Pet friendly. Enjoy pool, game room, gym, bbq/grill. Near The Loop, Central Business District, and multiple universities. Steps to rail, bus lines.
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Last updated April 6 at 12:16am
The Loop
39 Units Available
The Shoreham at Lakeshore East
400 E South Water St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,548
581 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,672
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,609
1224 sqft
Units are luxurious with ceramic tile flooring, maple cabinetry and plush wall-to-wall carpeting. Community has rooftop pool, on-site preschool and dry cleaners. Conveniently located close to Lake Shore East Park.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:02am
Near North Side
19 Units Available
Gold Coast City Club Apartments
860 N Dewitt Pl, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,500
575 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,995
995 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1374 sqft
A pet-friendly community with a rooftop clubhouse, on-site laundry, and a business center, among other amenities. Homes feature open kitchens, spacious closets, and wood floors. Close to Oak Street Beach.
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Last updated April 6 at 12:50am
Near North Side
38 Units Available
North Water
340 E North Water St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,141
645 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,597
796 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,087
1330 sqft
Spacious living space with hardwood flooring. All appliances included, large closets, laundry facilities and bike storage. Swimming pool, clubhouse, dog grooming area and fire pit. Concierge service and gym open around the clock.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:27am
West Town
17 Units Available
Mondial River West
910 W Huron St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,975
682 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,200
809 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,785
1221 sqft
Professionally managed by Lincoln Property Company, Mondial, River West's newest luxury apartment community, offers spacious jr one bedrooms, one, two and three bedroom apartment homes.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:54am
Near South Side
16 Units Available
Arrive South Loop
1935 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,830
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,273
1015 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,124
1305 sqft
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our offices are temporarily closed to in-person visits, however, you may communicate via email or phone during regular business hours. Helping you find the perfect home remains our priority.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near South Side
137 Units Available
The Paragon
1326 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,815
617 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,365
838 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,318
1134 sqft
A starting point, a resting place, a workspace, a home, a hangout, a nightspot, a day spa, a gateway, a destination, a gym, a landmark. The Paragon is this and more.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near North Side
35 Units Available
465 North Park
465 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,027
593 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,432
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,007
1413 sqft
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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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near North Side
15 Units Available
Atwater Apartments
355 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,319
883 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,317
1228 sqft
Modern apartments with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Residents get access to a fitness zone, pool and sauna. Close to Navy Pier and Grant Park. Near shops along the Magnificent Mile.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
West Loop
26 Units Available
Arkadia West Loop
765 W Adams St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,830
538 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,999
735 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,455
1182 sqft
Panoramic views, a rooftop deck, yoga room and multiple floor plans are available at Arkadia Tower. LEED certified with all of the latest upgraded apartment features and amenities. In the heart of West Loop.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near West Side
33 Units Available
Left Bank
300 N Canal Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,112
565 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,075
748 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,905
1145 sqft
Located close to Kinzie Station and Restaurant Row. Units have granite kitchens, full-size washer/dryers and wood flooring. Community features a fitness center, bike storage and private dog park.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
The Loop
15 Units Available
Roosevelt Collection Lofts
1135 S Delano Ct E, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$2,221
852 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,258
1132 sqft
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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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
West Town
38 Units Available
Spoke
728 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,773
539 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,376
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,231
1143 sqft
Stylish apartments with hardwood-style flooring, kitchen islands and high ceilings. Property includes a lounge area, party room and bocce court. By the Blue Line for convenient transportation. Near River West's best dining and nightlife.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:38am
Near North Side
14 Units Available
850 Lake Shore Drive
850 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,665
1073 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,674
1551 sqft
In Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood surrounded by restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Apartment homes feature lake views, wood floors and granite countertops. A rooftop deck, a pool and bicycle storage are some of the amenities.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:21am
Near North Side
44 Units Available
EnV Chicago
161 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,715
538 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,235
871 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1249 sqft
Luxury apartment complex with 24-hour fitness center, yoga/pilates studio, energy-efficient lighting, and Business Center. Units feature built-in desks, all-glass balconies, dishwashers, and stainless steel appliances.
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Last updated April 6 at 12:11am
Lakeview
13 Units Available
Halsted Flats Apartments
3740 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,882
544 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,601
738 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,197
1135 sqft
An upscale environment with high-end amenities. Heated pool and cabanas on sundeck, indoor parking, private dog park. In sought-after Lakeview neighborhood with shops, restaurants close by.
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Last updated April 6 at 12:19am
The Loop
18 Units Available
Fisher Building City Club
343 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,645
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,140
1094 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Designed as an office building by famed architect, Daniel Burnham, the Fisher Building completed construction in 1896 and remains an integral part of Chicago architectural history to this day.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:17am
Near West Side
40 Units Available
K2 Apartments
365 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,737
558 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,223
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,350
1260 sqft
Contemporary apartments have designer cabinetry and energy-efficient appliances. Private balconies provide sweeping views of Chicago. Pet-friendly community has grooming facilities. Located near top attractions and dining establishments.
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Last updated April 6 at 12:47am
Near North Side
55 Units Available
AMLI River North
71 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,868
601 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,593
918 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,882
1338 sqft
Located close to the river and W Upper Wacker Dr in downtown Chicago. Community has a beautiful communal garden, a pool and a gym. Apartments have patio/balcony, extra storage and furniture.

Median Rent in Chicago

Last updated Mar. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago is $1,096, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,289.
Studio
$944
1 Bed
$1,096
2 Beds
$1,289
3+ Beds
$1,649
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!

April 2020 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2020 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents increased 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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April 2020 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2020 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents increased 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 increased slightly over the past month

Chicago rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,097 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,290 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.9%.

    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, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Naperville has the most expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,784; the city has also seen rent growth of 0.6% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
    • Hammond has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $997; rents were up 0.1% over the past month and 0.8% over the past year.

    Chicago rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

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

    • Rents increased marginally in other cities across the state, with Illinois as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.8% in Rockford and 0.8% in Springfield.
    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,290 is above the national average of $1,197. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.9% over the past year compared to the 2.0% increase in Chicago.
    • While Chicago's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of San Francisco saw a decrease of 0.2%.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chicago than most comparable cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,102, which is more than twice 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Chicago
    $1,100
    $1,290
    0.2%
    2%
    Aurora
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0
    2%
    Joliet
    $960
    $1,130
    0.5%
    2.2%
    Naperville
    $1,520
    $1,780
    0.6%
    2.9%
    Elgin
    $1,000
    $1,180
    0
    2.2%
    Waukegan
    $860
    $1,010
    0.2%
    1.3%
    Hammond
    $850
    $1,000
    0.1%
    0.8%
    Arlington Heights
    $1,250
    $1,470
    0.1%
    1.2%
    Evanston
    $1,330
    $1,570
    0.1%
    2.7%
    Schaumburg
    $1,450
    $1,710
    0.3%
    4.2%
    Bolingbrook
    $1,300
    $1,530
    0.2%
    -0.5%
    Palatine
    $1,180
    $1,390
    -0.4%
    3%
    Des Plaines
    $990
    $1,160
    0.8%
    1.1%
    Wheaton
    $1,300
    $1,530
    1.5%
    5.9%
    Hoffman Estates
    $1,100
    $1,290
    -0.1%
    -2.7%
    Oak Park
    $850
    $1,000
    0.4%
    -1%
    Lombard
    $1,360
    $1,600
    0.8%
    0.7%
    Buffalo Grove
    $1,350
    $1,590
    0
    -0.8%
    Carol Stream
    $1,180
    $1,390
    0.7%
    4.1%
    Romeoville
    $1,620
    $1,910
    1.9%
    1.5%
    Wheeling
    $1,140
    $1,350
    0.3%
    0.1%
    Calumet City
    $870
    $1,030
    0
    0.6%
    Merrillville
    $980
    $1,150
    0.4%
    3%
    Glendale Heights
    $1,140
    $1,340
    1.1%
    -1%
    St. Charles
    $1,280
    $1,510
    0.8%
    5.3%
    Woodridge
    $1,190
    $1,400
    0.4%
    -1.6%
    Gurnee
    $1,250
    $1,470
    0.9%
    5.4%
    Chicago Heights
    $920
    $1,080
    0
    -0.2%
    Lansing
    $830
    $980
    0
    -2.5%
    Vernon Hills
    $1,350
    $1,590
    0.4%
    -0.1%
    Woodstock
    $980
    $1,150
    0
    1.8%
    Westmont
    $1,330
    $1,560
    1.5%
    10.3%
    Zion
    $900
    $1,060
    0
    0.6%
    Rolling Meadows
    $1,280
    $1,500
    1.2%
    6.3%
    Lisle
    $1,250
    $1,470
    0.6%
    6.4%
    Park Forest
    $990
    $1,170
    0
    1.3%
    Richton Park
    $1,060
    $1,250
    0.2%
    3.4%
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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.

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