Last updated June 18 at 07:20am
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Near North Side
25 UNITS AVAILABLE
North Water
340 E North Water St, Chicago IL
Studio
645 sqft
$2,421
1 Bed
787 sqft
$2,621
2 Beds
1,330 sqft
$4,251
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Parking
🔥28 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 07:12am
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The Loop
57 UNITS AVAILABLE
The Tides at Lakeshore East
360 E South Water St, Chicago IL
Studio
665 sqft
$2,040
1 Bed
799 sqft
$1,931
2 Beds
1,245 sqft
$3,092
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥42 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 07:11am
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The Loop
20 UNITS AVAILABLE
LINEA Apartments
215 W Lake St, Chicago IL
Studio
670 sqft
$2,315
1 Bed
767 sqft
$2,290
2 Beds
1,141 sqft
$3,340
🌟Top Amenities: W/D hookup, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, New construction, Garage
🔥19 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 06:27am
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West Town
16 UNITS AVAILABLE
Mondial River West
910 W Huron St, Chicago IL
Studio
682 sqft
$2,050
1 Bed
821 sqft
$2,055
2 Beds
1,221 sqft
$3,105
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Pet friendly
🔥20 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 06:16am
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Near North Side
18 UNITS AVAILABLE
EnV Chicago
161 W Kinzie St, Chicago IL
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
875 sqft
$2,510
2 Beds
1,249 sqft
$3,850
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥22 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 06:16am
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Near North Side
13 UNITS AVAILABLE
Cityfront Place
400 N McClurg Ct, Chicago IL
Studio
534 sqft
$1,841
1 Bed
788 sqft
$2,400
2 Beds
1,148 sqft
$3,519
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥18 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 06:19am
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Near South Side
20 UNITS AVAILABLE
1401 S State Apartments
1401 S State St, Chicago IL
Studio
591 sqft
$1,864
1 Bed
802 sqft
$2,045
2 Beds
1,153 sqft
$2,730
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥25 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Conveniently situated close to Lake Michigan, shopping, museums and restaurants. Units feature patio or balcony, granite counters and garbage disposal. Community offers gym, parking, playground, dog park, clubhouse and community garden.
Last updated June 18 at 06:19am
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Near North Side
19 UNITS AVAILABLE
Aurelien
833 N Clark St, Chicago IL
Studio
654 sqft
$2,400
1 Bed
809 sqft
$2,405
2 Beds
1,419 sqft
$4,280
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Pet friendly, Garage, Stainless steel
🔥12 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 06:08am
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The Loop
49 UNITS AVAILABLE
Marquee at Block 37
25 W Randolph St, Chicago IL
Studio
646 sqft
$2,028
1 Bed
810 sqft
$2,201
2 Beds
1,298 sqft
$4,246
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, New construction
🔥32 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 04:59am
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Lincoln Park
1 UNIT AVAILABLE
2727 North Clark
2727 N Clark St, Chicago IL
2 Beds
$2,830
3 Beds
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🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Cats allowed, Parking
🔥12 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Four-unit building with unique floor plans. Two-story living rooms, exposed brick walls, wide-plank hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplaces and sundeck. Across the street from Target and Trader Joe's, and steps from Lincoln Zoo and public transit.
Last updated June 18 at 04:58am
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Lakeview
6 UNITS AVAILABLE
596 West Hawthorne
596 W Hawthorne Pl, Chicago IL
Studio
450 sqft
$980
1 Bed
Ask
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Hardwood floors, Cats allowed, Parking, Recently renovated, Walk in closets
🔥78 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 04:57am
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Near North Side
5 UNITS AVAILABLE
20 E Scott Apartments
20 E Scott St, Chicago IL
Studio
450 sqft
$1,519
1 Bed
450 sqft
$1,795
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Cats allowed, Parking, Recently renovated
🔥25 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 03:26am
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Near West Side
72 UNITS AVAILABLE
The Mason
180 N Ada St, Chicago IL
Studio
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1 Bed
747 sqft
$2,470
2 Beds
1,123 sqft
$3,499
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥12 Other Renters Are Looking Here

The Mason Apartments is Fulton Market's newest addition in luxury living. The building features a vintage and industrial inspired aesthetic, built with high-end amenities for a modern lifestyle.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Lakeview
16 UNITS AVAILABLE
Wave Lakeview
420 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago IL
Studio
565 sqft
$1,730
1 Bed
657 sqft
$1,730
2 Beds
1,145 sqft
$2,905
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage, Recently renovated
🔥44 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Come check out Chicago's hottest apartment crave at WAVE! WAVE is Lakeview's newest apartment community located on Belmont Avenue and features studio, convertible, one and two-bedroom apartments.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Greater Grand Crossing
1 UNIT AVAILABLE
7800 S Michigan Ave
7800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
500 sqft
$735
2 Beds
Ask
🌟Top Amenities: Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Some paid utils, Range, Oven, Refrigerator
🔥8 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Conveniently located near Interstate 94 for a quick commute. Recently renovated apartments have hardwood floors and private balconies. Eat-in kitchens with high-quality appliances. Some utilities are paid.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Edgewater
3 UNITS AVAILABLE
5941 North Paulina St. Apt.
5941 North Paulina Street, Chicago IL
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
560 sqft
$975
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Hardwood floors, Cats allowed, 24hr maintenance, Parking, Ceiling fan
🔥35 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Attractive courtyard building w/ studio and 1 bedroom apartments available. Only Short walk to 2 bus lines, right off of Ashland.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Near North Side
36 UNITS AVAILABLE
The Lofts at River East
445 E Illinois St, Chicago IL
Studio
622 sqft
$2,035
1 Bed
1,027 sqft
$2,535
2 Beds
1,343 sqft
$4,180
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥20 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Come experience Streeterville’s most unique residence for yourself. Located just a block from Navy Pier, this beautifully renovated historical property is one you won’t want to miss.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Near North Side
15 UNITS AVAILABLE
Elm Street Plaza
1130 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL
Studio
507 sqft
$1,620
1 Bed
800 sqft
$1,982
2 Beds
1,100 sqft
$2,989
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Patio / balcony, Dishwasher, Cats allowed, Garage, Gym
🔥29 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Near North Side
17 UNITS AVAILABLE
Asbury Plaza
750 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL
Studio
675 sqft
$1,827
1 Bed
803 sqft
$1,928
2 Beds
1,040 sqft
$3,124
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Cats allowed, Garage
🔥29 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Elegant apartments with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and patios/balconies. Community includes a fitness center, pool and laundry center. Steps from the shops of Michigan Avenue. Close to Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.
Last updated June 18 at 03:25am
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Near North Side
15 UNITS AVAILABLE
Kingsbury Plaza
520 N Kingsbury St, Chicago IL
Studio
552 sqft
$1,886
1 Bed
918 sqft
$2,838
2 Beds
1,210 sqft
$3,920
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥29 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Perfect location in River North with easy access to downtown. Units have washer/dryer, granite counters and hardwood floors. Peaceful community with gym, pool, hot tub and open courtyard. Dog park on premises.
Last updated June 18 at 01:26am
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The Loop
22 UNITS AVAILABLE
AMLI 900
900 S Clark St, Chicago IL
Studio
569 sqft
$1,663
1 Bed
781 sqft
$1,963
2 Beds
1,183 sqft
$3,057
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥52 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Apartments come with amenities like in-unit laundry, granite counters, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The community is pet-friendly and offers on-site yoga and gym.
Last updated June 18 at 06:13am
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The Loop
26 UNITS AVAILABLE
AMLI Lofts
850 S Clark St, Chicago IL
Studio
631 sqft
$1,902
1 Bed
771 sqft
$2,215
2 Beds
1,200 sqft
$3,109
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥30 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 07:21am
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The Loop
32 UNITS AVAILABLE
Fisher Building City Club
343 S Dearborn St, Chicago IL
1 Bed
765 sqft
$1,595
2 Beds
1,094 sqft
$2,135
3 Beds
Ask
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥52 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 18 at 12:28am
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Near North Side
25 UNITS AVAILABLE
AMLI River North
71 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL
Studio
601 sqft
$1,829
1 Bed
918 sqft
$2,854
2 Beds
1,338 sqft
$4,235
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥30 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.

Average Rent in Chicago

Last updated May. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago is $1,088, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,280.
Studio
$937
1 Bed
$1,088
2 Beds
$1,280
3+ Beds
$1,637
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!

June 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2019 Chicago Rent Report. 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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June 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2019 Chicago Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Chicago rents increase sharply over the past month

Chicago rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,090 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,280 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in February. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, but trails the national average of 1.5%.

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

    • Evanston has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,560, while one-bedrooms go for $1,320.
    • Over the past month, Waukegan has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,000, while one-bedrooms go for $850.
    • Hammond has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $990; rents remained steady over the past month.
    • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,760; rents grew 0.7% over the past month and 1.3% 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 also seen rents grow modestly. 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 1.0% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.2% in Rockford and 0.2% in Springfield.
    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,280 is above the national average of $1,190. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 1.2% increase in Chicago.
    • While Chicago's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including DC (+2.2%), New York (+2.0%), and San Francisco (+1.1%).
    • 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
    $1,090
    $1,280
    0.6%
    1.2%
    Aurora
    $1,130
    $1,330
    0.7%
    2%
    Joliet
    $950
    $1,110
    0.3%
    0
    Naperville
    $1,490
    $1,760
    0.7%
    1.3%
    Elgin
    $990
    $1,160
    0.5%
    0.7%
    Waukegan
    $850
    $1,000
    -0.2%
    1.6%
    Hammond
    $840
    $990
    -0.1%
    0.2%
    Arlington Heights
    $1,260
    $1,490
    1.1%
    1.7%
    Evanston
    $1,320
    $1,560
    0.8%
    2.4%
    Schaumburg
    $1,420
    $1,660
    0.8%
    2.2%
    Bolingbrook
    $1,310
    $1,540
    0.2%
    2.3%
    Palatine
    $1,160
    $1,370
    0.7%
    1.8%
    Des Plaines
    $980
    $1,150
    0.1%
    0.2%
    Wheaton
    $1,260
    $1,480
    1%
    0
    Hoffman Estates
    $1,100
    $1,300
    -1%
    1.5%
    Oak Park
    $850
    $990
    -1.2%
    1.3%
    Lombard
    $1,370
    $1,610
    0.7%
    0.6%
    Carol Stream
    $1,150
    $1,360
    1.1%
    0.7%
    Romeoville
    $1,630
    $1,920
    0.9%
    2.9%
    Wheeling
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0
    0.6%
    Calumet City
    $870
    $1,030
    0.1%
    0.7%
    Merrillville
    $960
    $1,130
    0.7%
    0
    Glendale Heights
    $1,130
    $1,330
    -0.7%
    0
    St. Charles
    $1,260
    $1,490
    1.8%
    0.7%
    Woodridge
    $1,210
    $1,430
    0.4%
    1.4%
    Gurnee
    $1,260
    $1,480
    2.6%
    4.7%
    Mundelein
    $1,190
    $1,400
    -1.4%
    0
    Chicago Heights
    $920
    $1,080
    -0.3%
    0
    Lansing
    $850
    $1,000
    0.1%
    -0.1%
    Vernon Hills
    $1,350
    $1,580
    -0.2%
    1.4%
    Woodstock
    $970
    $1,140
    0.3%
    0.1%
    Zion
    $890
    $1,040
    -0.3%
    -0.1%
    Lisle
    $1,210
    $1,420
    0.8%
    5.5%
    Park Forest
    $980
    $1,150
    0.2%
    0.5%
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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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