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902 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 >
7927 S Ellis Ave Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$960
591 sqft
Now leasing! 7927 S Ellis Ave is located in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. One and two-bedroom apartments may feature hardwood floors, quality appliances, an eat-in kitchen, and free heat. The property is pet-friendly and offers parking on-site and secured access via phone entry intercom. Walking distance to Grand Crossing Park, West Indies Bakery, The Woodlawn, and Food Town. Commute easily via nearby ME Metra Electric stop at 79th Street or CTA bus lines 4 & 79. Section 8 accepted. Call today to schedule your showing with Pangea!
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Washington Plaza Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$900
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Situated close to Ellington Primary School and Austin Polytechnical Academy High School. Functional living in an apartment building, close to local shops and amenities. Features kitchen with appliances. Some bills paid.
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1516 W 78th Street Photo Gallery 1
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$1,155
884 sqft
Welcome to 1516 W 78th Street in Chicago's beautiful Auburn Gresham neighborhood! Apartments feature hardwood floors, free heat, and a dining room. Walking distance to ALDI, Nick's Gyros, Renaissance Park, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Family Dollar, and the Thurgood Marshall Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Commute easily via CTA Red Line at 79th and CTA Bus Lines 9, 75, and 79. Section 8 is accepted. Call today to hear about current promotions and to schedule your showing!
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708 S Karlov Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,195
700 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Be the first to live in these recently renovated apartment homes in West Garfield Park. Near the Pulaski Blue Line and other public transportation. Just south of Eisenhower Expressway (I-290).
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7135 S Blackstone Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,180
755 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Nicely crafted units near bus stops on E 71st Street. Within a short distance of South Shore Nature Sanctuary and gorgeous Lake Michigan. Easy access to I-90.
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2235 E 71st St Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
1 Unit Available
Studio
$785
400 sqft
Studio apartments near South Shore Golf Course. Hardwood floor and on-site laundry. Very walkable neighborhood with transit stop on the same block. Off-street parking available.
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8100 S Throop St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$975
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Spacious units with hardwood floors, large windows and on-site laundry facilities. Kitchen appliances include a refrigerator and stove. Some utilities included. Dogs and cats are welcome.
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7653 S Loomis Blvd Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
3 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,140
676 sqft
This property is only moments away from public transportation along West 76th Street and shopping along South Ashland Avenue. Units feature hardwood flooring. Street parking available.
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7925 S Phillips Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Studio
$710
397 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Newly updated homes near CTA train and bus stops. Parking available for residents. Very close to the sands of Rainbow Beach. Close to I-90 for convenient transportation.
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8101 S Justine Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,035
791 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Newly renovated apartments in the Gresham neighborhood. Public transportation and gas stations nearby, along with stores and schools. Interstate 94 puts downtown Chicago within commuting distance for residents.
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148 N La Crosse Ave Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,290
710 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated units feature hardwood floors, refrigerator and oven range. Pets are welcome, as are Section 8 residents. Easy access to public transit and less than 2 miles from Garfield Park.
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1931 S Homan Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,160
750 sqft
Hardwood flooring throughout. High-quality kitchen appliances including a refrigerator, a range and an oven. Heat costs included in the rent. Conveniently located near major bus routes and Douglas Park.
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7800 S Kingston-South Shore Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,050
700 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated two- and three-bedroom apartments with modern kitchens, hardwood floors, walk-in closets. South Shore building features garage parking and alarm system. Access to public transit, shopping, schools. Near I-90, Rainbow Beach Park.
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6832 S Crandon Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$1,035
450 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated one-bedroom apartments just a few blocks from the beach and Lake Michigan. Wood floors and new countertops. Off-street parking. Walking distance to public transportation.
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7956 S Aberdeen St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,090
851 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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A short walk from W 79th Street and Perspectives High School of Technology. Quality kitchen appliances and hardwood floors. Free heat included with every apartment. Recently renovated apartment building is pet friendly.
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7825 S Emerald Ave Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
2 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$910
450 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
675 sqft
Recently renovated units with hardwood flooring, granite countertops, refrigerator and stove. Large living room windows and a full-sized tub in the bathroom. Dogs and cats welcome.
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6125-29 S Wabash Ave Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
2 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
725 sqft
Recently renovated two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, bathtubs and basic kitchen appliances. Online portal for easy rent payments. Cats and dogs allowed. Nearby two different bus lines with stops on State Street and 61st Street.
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8014 S Maryland Ave Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,135
1000 sqft
Recently renovated 2-bedroom apartments include hardwood floors with tile kitchens, generous windows, some utilities paid. Section 8 accepted. Walk to local shopping, dining, schools. Close to public transit. Easy access I-90, I-94.
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4114 W Washington Blvd Photo Gallery 1
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2 Units Available
Studio
$905
250 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Newly updated homes with hardwood floors and ceiling fans. Cable included. Pet friendly. On-site laundry available. Close to Garfield Park, which includes the Garfield Park Conservatory. Easy access to I-290.
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7800 S Michigan Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,010
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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.
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7757 S Peoria Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
961 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Close to Oglesby School and a short walk from W 79th Street. Recently renovated apartment homes with hardwood floors and some paid utility bills. Wired for cable. Pets not allowed.
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8640 S Ingleside Ave Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$695
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$985
550 sqft
Section 8-accepted apartments showcase community benefits like on-site laundry and parking. Rooms are furnished with natural wood floors and feature separate dining space and kitchen. Short walk from Avalon Park and the I-94.
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7954 S Justine St Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$1,070
881 sqft
Newly renovated units in beautifully rehabilitated property. Attractive hardwood flooring and appliances included for convenience. Minutes from I-94, and just up the street from Cook Elementary School and Foster Park.
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8001-09 S Ellis Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
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1 Bedroom
$860
525 sqft
These one-bedroom apartments are located in a highly walkable neighborhood. Units feature large windows and hardwood floors. Community has a courtyard. Internet access is also included.
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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 $1,725.

How expensive are one-bedroom apartments in Chicago?

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in Chicago is $2,227.

How much is rent for two-bedroom apartments in Chicago?

The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago is $2,899.

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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.