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2207 Apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

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Last updated August 22 at 09:43am
Near South Side
296 Units Available
The Paragon
1326 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,805
617 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,275
838 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,935
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 August 22 at 09:45am
Near West Side
13 Units Available
K2 Apartments
365 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,955
542 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,982
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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 August 22 at 09:43am
Near West Side
55 Units Available
727 W Madison
727 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,070
543 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,815
773 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,005
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 August 22 at 09:44am
Near South Side
15 Units Available
Arrive South Loop
1935 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,775
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,266
1010 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Welcome to a life of luxury at Arrive South Loop, offering one, two, and three bedroom mid-rise living in the heart of South Loop, Chicago.
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Last updated August 22 at 09:43am
Near North Side
60 Units Available
465 North Park
465 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,215
593 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,570
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,280
1415 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 August 22 at 09:43am
The Loop
67 Units Available
Essex on the Park
808 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,960
551 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,475
820 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,505
1176 sqft
The bar is as high as the building is tall. This masterfully designed apartment community perched on Chicago's prestigious Michigan Avenue offers upscale accommodations, enviable conveniences and vibrant city living.
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Last updated August 22 at 09:43am
West Loop
27 Units Available
Arkadia West Loop
765 W Adams St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,948
538 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,297
735 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,185
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 August 22 at 09:43am
Near West Side
41 Units Available
Left Bank
300 N Canal Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,989
565 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,238
748 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,981
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 August 22 at 09:43am
Near North Side
25 Units Available
850 Lake Shore Drive
850 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,384
841 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,609
1067 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,308
1593 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 August 22 at 09:34am
Near West Side
9 Units Available
Circa 922
922 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,270
604 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,310
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,125
1137 sqft
Modern apartments with open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, subway tile backsplashes, and new water fixtures. Designer kitchens feature quartz or granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. W/D in unit.
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Last updated August 22 at 09:32am
Near South Side
20 Units Available
Arrive Lex
2138 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,940
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,720
1127 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Welcome to Arrive LEX, a luxury high-rise community in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood featuring modern, spacious floorplans with stunning lake and city views. Arrive LEX's central location provides easy access to all Chicago has to offer.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:43am
Near North Side
17 Units Available
Aurelien
833 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,485
809 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,975
1419 sqft
Quartz countertops, spa-like bathrooms, hardwood floors. Residents can enjoy outdoor pool with sundeck, private cabanas and outdoor grilling stations with panoramic views of city skyline. Fitness center, game room, motion studio and yoga room.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:47am
Near West Side
14 Units Available
Gateway West Loop
11 S Green St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,721
435 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,394
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,498
1139 sqft
Modern community in a prime location in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Community features a swimming pool with a fire pit, BBQ area, and great views of the city. Units have modern finishes and bike storage.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:46am
20 Units Available
Chestnut Place
8 W Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,953
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,879
962 sqft
Newly renovated apartments located nearby Lake Michigan. 24-hour door staff and maintenance available. Pet-friendly apartments with bicycle storage, valet service, and event room. On-site management is provided. Located nearby bus station.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:40am
The Loop
30 Units Available
LINEA Apartments
215 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,068
670 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,100
767 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,236
1148 sqft
Studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with modern finishes, bay windows, and stainless steel appliances. Prime location in the Chicago Loop just steps from Riverwalk and River North nightlife.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:40am
Near North Side
13 Units Available
Cityfront Place
400 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,674
534 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,765
788 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,302
1148 sqft
Steps away from the Magnificent Mile in Streeterville with Zipcar rentals available in the community. Recently renovated apartments feature granite counters, stainless steel and huge walk-in closets.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:40am
West Town
5 Units Available
Mondial River West
910 W Huron St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,345
682 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,695
788 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,210
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 August 22 at 08:37am
Near West Side
16 Units Available
180 North Jefferson
180 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,944
645 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,097
758 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,133
1110 sqft
Great location near the Chicago Loop and River North. Boutique apartments with hardwood floors, walk-in closets, window coverings and great city views. Complimentary bike storage.
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Last updated August 22 at 08:37am
Near North Side
8 Units Available
Aston Chicago
200 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,565
874 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,237
1233 sqft
Within walking distance of Navy Pier, near shopping, dining, parks and nightlife. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (plus a penthouse) with sweeping city views, hardwood floors, granite counters and fireplaces. Parking available with fee.
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Last updated August 22 at 07:50am
The Loop
44 Units Available
Marquee at Block 37
25 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$2,109
646 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,371
810 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,638
1298 sqft
Luxury high-rise living in the heart of Chicago. Walking distance to the theaters and restaurants in the Loop. Community has a steam room and coffee bar. Apartment amenities include European cabinetry and quartz countertops.
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Last updated August 22 at 07:47am
The Loop
13 Units Available
Fisher Building City Club
343 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,600
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,290
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 August 22 at 07:47am
The Loop
45 Units Available
The Shoreham at Lakeshore East
400 E South Water St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,746
581 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,877
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,855
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 August 22 at 07:20am
Lakeview
1 Unit Available
596 West Hawthorne
596 W Hawthorne Pl, Chicago, IL
Studio
$975
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.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 07:19am
Near North Side
2 Units Available
20 E Scott Apartments
20 E Scott St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,508
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,831
450 sqft
Recently renovated, with wood floors, spacious floor plans, designer kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Covered parking, expansive closets. On the Gold Coast, near popular restaurants and Oak Street Beach.

Average Rent in Chicago

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago is $1,094, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,288.
Studio
$943
1 Bed
$1,094
2 Beds
$1,288
3+ Beds
$1,647
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!

August 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the August 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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August 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the August 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 held steady over the past month

Chicago rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up slightly by 1.4% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,095 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,288 for a two-bedroom. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, but trails the national average of 1.6%.

    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.

    • Aurora has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,337, while one-bedrooms go for $1,137.
    • Gary has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $937; rents jumped up 1.3% over the past year.
    • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,780; rents grew 0.3% over the past month and 1.6% over the past year.

    Chicago rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

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

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Illinois as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.7% in Rockford.
    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,288 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 1.4% rise in Chicago.
    • While Chicago's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including New York (+1.8%), DC (+1.7%), and Denver (+1.2%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chicago than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,126, 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
    $1,090
    $1,290
    0.1%
    1.4%
    Aurora
    $1,140
    $1,340
    -0.5%
    2.1%
    Joliet
    $950
    $1,110
    -0.4%
    0.3%
    Naperville
    $1,510
    $1,780
    0.3%
    1.6%
    Elgin
    $990
    $1,160
    -0.3%
    0.7%
    Waukegan
    $850
    $1,000
    0.6%
    1.4%
    Hammond
    $840
    $990
    0.1%
    0.5%
    Gary
    $800
    $940
    1.3%
    Arlington Heights
    $1,270
    $1,500
    -0.5%
    1.8%
    Evanston
    $1,330
    $1,570
    0
    1.8%
    Schaumburg
    $1,430
    $1,680
    -0.2%
    1.8%
    Bolingbrook
    $1,330
    $1,560
    0.1%
    2.7%
    Palatine
    $1,160
    $1,360
    -0.7%
    1%
    Des Plaines
    $980
    $1,150
    -0.3%
    0.1%
    Wheaton
    $1,280
    $1,510
    0.5%
    3.3%
    Hoffman Estates
    $1,100
    $1,290
    0.3%
    0.1%
    Oak Park
    $850
    $1,000
    1.5%
    1%
    Lombard
    $1,370
    $1,610
    -0.7%
    -0.3%
    Buffalo Grove
    $1,370
    $1,610
    0.4%
    -0.3%
    Carol Stream
    $1,160
    $1,370
    0.1%
    1%
    Romeoville
    $1,620
    $1,910
    -0.4%
    2.4%
    Wheeling
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0
    0.2%
    Calumet City
    $870
    $1,030
    0.2%
    0.8%
    Merrillville
    $960
    $1,130
    -0.8%
    0.6%
    Glendale Heights
    $1,130
    $1,330
    1.3%
    0.3%
    St. Charles
    $1,270
    $1,490
    -1.2%
    0.4%
    Woodridge
    $1,250
    $1,460
    1.5%
    0.9%
    Gurnee
    $1,250
    $1,470
    -2.3%
    3.6%
    Mundelein
    $1,190
    $1,400
    1.1%
    -0.7%
    Chicago Heights
    $920
    $1,080
    0.4%
    0.2%
    Lansing
    $860
    $1,010
    0.2%
    0.4%
    Vernon Hills
    $1,350
    $1,590
    0.6%
    1.2%
    Woodstock
    $970
    $1,140
    -0.3%
    0
    Zion
    $890
    $1,050
    0.5%
    -0.1%
    Rolling Meadows
    $1,260
    $1,480
    -0.7%
    2.4%
    Lisle
    $1,220
    $1,440
    0.5%
    3.8%
    Park Forest
    $990
    $1,160
    0.2%
    0.7%
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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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