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2,915 Cheap Apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

Finding cheap apartments in Chicago takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters ... Read Guide >
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Wilson Manor
4600 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL | Lincoln Square
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1 Bedroom
$1,175
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Rockwell Manor
2600 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL | Lincoln Square
Studio
$1,020
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,090
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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8 Units Available
Clarendon Shores
4750 N Clarendon Ave
Chicago, IL | Clarendon Park
Studio
$840
350 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,275
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Green Manor
4435 North Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL | Uptown
Studio
$995
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,250
720 sqft
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With its green tiled roof and landscaped courtyard, Green Manor is easily one of the most beautiful buildings on the block. These vintage-styled studio, convertible and one-bedroom apartments feature hardwood flooring and updated kitchens. Conveniently nestled in Ravenswood, the lakefront, dining establishments, grocery stores and retail shops are just a brisk walk away.
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Berteau Manor
4200 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL | Lakeview
Studio
$950
420 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,170
510 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
725 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:39 AM
This classic yellow-bricked walk-up in Lakeview is just steps from eclectic restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Our roomy studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments feature updated kitchens with dishwashers and rich hardwood flooring. Located near the Kennedy Expressway, Lake Shore Drive and public transportation, Berteau Manor is an ideal place to live!
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Ashland Manor
4874 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL | Uptown
1 Bedroom
$1,260
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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This is not your typical courtyard building. One and two-bedroom apartments feature spacious floor plans in the homey Ravenswood neighborhood. Enjoy contemporary kitchens, hardwood flooring and generous closet space at Ashland Manor.
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Hamilton Place
6820 North Hamilton Avenue
Chicago, IL | West Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,125
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1025 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:38 AM
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13 Units Available
Beachwalk Apartments
420 W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL | Lincoln Park
Studio
$922
350 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,345
300 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,210
770 sqft
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Newly renovated studio and one-bedroom apartments, just one block from Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lakefront. Oversized windows, wood flooring, dishwasher and gas range. Assigned parking available.
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The Flamingo
5500 S Shore Dr
Chicago, IL | East Hyde Park
Studio
$1,130
445 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,297
460 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,432
790 sqft
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One- and two-bedroom units in historic Hyde Park building, near Lake Michigan. A/C, eat-in kitchens, formal dining rooms and crown molding finishing. Large outdoor pool and incredible city skyline view.
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The Mayfair
5496 S Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL | East Hyde Park
Studio
$1,109
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,383
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Roomy studio and two-bedroom units available just blocks from University of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, and Lake Michigan. A/C, gas ranges and huge windows. Management on-site.
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Times Square Apartments
869 West Buena Avenue
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
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1 Bedroom
$1,158
375 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Experience the convenience of apartment living in the Buena Park/Lakeview neighborhood. Times Square Apartments is a short walk to the lakefront and the bus to downtown is outside your front door. Our studio, one and two bedroom apartments have been newly renovated.
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2Sisters
5123 S Kimbark Ave
Chicago, IL | Hyde Park Kenwood Historic District
Studio
$780
320 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,085
600 sqft
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Newly renovated, spacious studio and one-bedroom units convenient to shopping and the University of Chicago. Gas stoves, A/C and luxurious high ceilings. On-site 24-hour fitness center, plus bike storage.
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Scholars Corner
5100 S Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL | East Hyde Park
Studio
$948
425 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,094
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,519
875 sqft
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Newly renovated studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with eat-in kitchens, high ceilings and plush carpeting. Located close to CTA bus stops and the Metra train, lakefront and shopping and dining.
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The Annabelle
661 W Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL | Lake View East
Studio
$804
285 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,174
500 sqft
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Quiet location in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood close to the lakefront, Lake Shore Drive and public trans. Renovated studio and one-bedroom apartments feature eat-in kitchens, plush carpeting and wood flooring.
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16 Units Available
Baric Commons
216 E 121st Place
Chicago, IL | Far Southeast Side
1 Bedroom
$880
840 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$965
840 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:26 AM
Our community offers a location convenient to all that Chicago has to offer including top-notch restaurants, choice shopping, cultural and entertainment options and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.
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10 Units Available
The Bryn
5600 N Sheridan Rd#1
Chicago, IL | Bryn Mawr Historic District
Studio
$1,272
350 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,559
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,907
800 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:16 AM
High-rise apartments with modern finishes and spacious floor plans. Community offers a 24-hour fitness center and outdoor courtyard. Near the lakefront. Easy access to the Red Line Bryn Mawr stop.
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The Pavilion
5441 N East River Rd
Chicago, IL | O'Hare
Studio
$1,000
506 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,125
644 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,510
916 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:17 AM
The Cumberland "L" station and Triangle Plaza are only minutes from this property. Community amenities include a sauna, tennis court, hot tub and pool. Apartments are furnished and feature a range of appliances.
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41 Units Available
SoNu Digs
1515 N Fremont St
Chicago, IL | Near North Side
Studio
$1,312
336 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:03 AM
SONU DIGS Apartments, at 1515 N Fremont St, is located in Chicago's Near North Side and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
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4500-06 N. Ashland / 1606-14 W. Sunnyside
680 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL | Streeterville
Studio
$950
464 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,215
585 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:48 AM
ASHLAND & SUNNYSIDE Courtyard building located at the corner of Ashland and Sunnyside Avenues in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Two Laundry rooms in building w/ new machines and "mobile pay" Two bike storage areas Heat and cooking gas included Hardwood floors Assigned building engineer 24-hour emergency call center No security deposit Cat friendly ICM Properties, Inc. is a professional management company with over 50 years of experience.
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6904 S Cregier Ave
6904 S Cregier Ave
Chicago, IL | South Side
Studio
$895
421 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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6904 S Cregier Ave is located in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments may feature new renovations with upgraded finishes like granite counters, subway tile in the shower, improved tile flooring in the bathroom, quality appliances, and two-toned paint! Apartments may also include hardwood flooring and a dining room. Walking distance to South Shore beach on Lake Michigan, Starbucks, and Walgreens. Commute easily via ME Metra Electric at the Bryn Mawr station, just a few blocks away! CTA bus lines 5, 15, 28, & 95 are also convenient to the property, and there is a Divvy Bike station just down the street. Pets are welcome! Call today to schedule your showing with Pangea!
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Prairie Shores
2851 S King Dr
Chicago, IL | Douglas
Studio
$848
400 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,156
520 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,588
890 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:47 AM
A beautiful view of Lake Michigan and easy access to 31st Street Beach come standard at this community. There's onsite management, a lounge and complimentary storage also provided. Apartments have granite countertops and in-unit laundry.
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X Chicago
710 West 14th St
Chicago, IL | Little Italy
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1 Bedroom
$1,032
399 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
869 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:47 AM
X Chicago Apartments is a brand-new apartment community at 710 W 14th St, southwest of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood. Along with Studios, 1-bedrooms, and 2-bedrooms, X Chicago also features a Rent By the Bedroom Program, where residents rent a fully furnished private bedroom and bathroom. Apartments at X Chicago feature: Huge custom closets, wide-plank flooring throughout (including bedrooms), quartz countertops, in-unit washer/dryer, roller shade window treatments, energy-efficient stainless appliances, glass-enclosed showers, and extra high finished ceilings. Building amenities include co-working space, communal kitchen, cocktail terrace with fire pit, dog run, rooftop with grills and picnic tables, plus a modern gym with fitness studio. X Chicago also offers unique amenities like a hangout saloon for parties, hammock loungers, and a mobile app to manage a keyless entry, guest lists, and packages. With an emphasis on social living, X Chicago's event calendar will be packed with oppor
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Vivian
6807 N Sheridan
Chicago, IL | Rogers Park
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1 Bedroom
$1,275
630 sqft
Last updated June 12 at 12:46 AM
Newly updated homes near Loyola Beach. 24-hour laundry and 24-hour maintenance available. Enjoy the onsite media room and lobby. Close to Loyola University of Chicago. Right on North Sheridan Road.
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L Logan Square
2211 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL | Logan Square
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1 Bedroom
$1,006
428 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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L - Logan Square Apartments is Logan Square's most unique luxury apartment building. Located just steps from the California Blue Line Stop, and surrounded by the neighborhood's hottest bars, cafes, boutiques, and restaurants, L provides a convenient and authentic living experience. Along with Studios, 1-bedrooms, and 2-bedrooms, L Logan Square also features a Rent By the Bedroom Coliving Program, where residents can rent a private bedroom and bathroom. Units at L feature: wide-plank flooring throughout including bedrooms, quartz countertops, in-unit washer/dryer, roller shade window treatments, energy-efficient stainless appliances, glass-enclosed showers, custom closets and extra high finished ceilings. Amenities include: Bike Kitchen, beautifully landscaped rooftop deck with grills & CTA Train Car water feature, 1000 Sq. Ft. gym, Coworking lounge, keyless technology, additional storage units and more. Attached heated parking is available for an extra monthly fee. Book a tour today.
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What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in Chicago?
The average rent for a studio apartment in Chicago is $1,451.
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The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in Chicago is $1,827.
How much is rent for two-bedroom apartments in Chicago?
The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago is $2,316.
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City Guide for Chicago, IL

"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.

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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in Chicago, IL

Finding cheap apartments in Chicago takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in Chicago by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in Chicago in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of Chicago.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in Chicago. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in Chicago.