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560 Apartments for rent in Chatham, Chicago, IL

Jane Byrne once said, "Chicago's neighborhoods have always been the city's greatest strength." That's never been more true than in Chatham. Read Guide >
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741-53 E 79th
741 E 79th St
Chicago, IL
Updated April 19 at 12:21pm
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$590
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Within easy reach of 79th Street railway station. Pet-friendly apartments with phone entry intercoms in a spacious multi-use property with an on-site laundry. Select apartments feature hardwood floors. Rent includes heating and cooking gas.
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8000 S Maryland
8000 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL
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$795
Newly updated apartments with spacious floor plans, hardwood floors, free heat and cozy eat-in kitchens. Choose from studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments in a quiet community that offers on-site laundry. Near transportation.
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8100 S Drexel Ave
8100 S Drexel Ave
Chicago, IL
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$660
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Close to E 83rd St and near 79th Street Chatham Subway station. Recently renovated apartments with free heat included in the monthly rental. Eat-in kitchen and appliances. Pets not allowed.
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8201 S Drexel Ave
8201 S Drexel Ave
Chicago, IL
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2 Bedrooms
$840
Newly renovated apartments with internet access, hardwood flooring. Some utilities included in rent. Very walker-friendly neighborhood between I-90 and I-94. Close to Ashe and Dixon schools, Avalon Park, and a public bus station.
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8640 S Ingleside Ave
8640 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
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$640
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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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8159 S Drexel Ave
8159 S Drexel Ave
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$665
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Two-bedrooms units feature hardwood floors and on-site laundry. Near CTA bus line 4 and 83rd St Metra stop. Some paid utilities included. Close to shopping and restaurants.
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8051 S Ingleside
8051 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
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$670
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$775
Situated in the East Chatham neighborhood. Convenient to 79th Street and 83rd Street stations. Apartments with hardwood floors and kitchen appliances in a community with an on-site laundry. Rent includes free heat and Internet.
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8148-56 S Ingleside
8148 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
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$800
Recently renovated apartments offer easy access to transit. There are security cameras, and internet and heat are included in the rent. Apartments include on-site laundry, hardwood floors, refrigerator, oven and range.
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8001-09 S Ellis Ave
8001 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL
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$590
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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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8222 S Ingleside Ave
8222 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
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$665
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This East Chatham community features on-site laundry and internet access. The units have been recently renovated and include hardwood flooring. Just moments from the shopping and dining along South Cottage Grove Avenue.
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8231-37 S Ellis Ave
8231 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL
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$845
Recently renovated apartments offer plenty of space to stretch out. Large eat-in kitchens have high-quality appliances. Convenient location within walking distance of Avalon Park and public transit.
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8253-59 S Ingleside Ave
8253 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
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$745
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Stately, rehabbed apartment building offers 1-2 bedroom units with hardwood floors and on-site laundry. Free heat plus quality appliances. Convenient to Metra and bus lines.
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Pangea 8152 S Evans East Chatham Apartments
8152 S Evans Ave
Chicago, IL
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$685
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Classic, recently renovated South Shore apartment building near Lake Michigan, golf course and public transportation. One- and two-bedroom units with hardwood floors and in-suite laundry facilities. Some units have dining rooms. Elevator and off-street parking.
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7939 S Dobson Ave
7939 S Dobson Ave
Chicago, IL
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$805
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Close to E 79th Street and the Chatham subway station. Recently renovated homes with granite counters, quality kitchen appliances and hardwood floors. Free heat included in monthly rental. Pets not allowed.
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8056 S Drexel Ave
8056 S Drexel Ave
Chicago, IL
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$795
Recently renovated apartments each with two bedrooms. Apartments feature hardwood floors and quality appliances. Heat is included in the rent. The area provides good transit and is very walkable with a score of 88.
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7927 S Ellis Ave
7927 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL
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$830
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7903-11 S Evans
7903 S Evans Ave
Chicago, IL
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$790
Studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments with hardwood floors in complex close to train and bus routes. Grand Crossing Park is nearby, as is the I-90, which provides easy access to Chicago.
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7929 S State St
7929 S State St
Chicago, IL
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$840
Located close to I-94 and W 79th St. Spacious homes with hardwood flooring and some utility bills paid. Recently renovated apartment building with Internet access and on-site laundry.
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7956 S Eberhart Ave
7956 S Eberhart Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated April 19 at 12:01pm
1 Bedroom
$700
Beautiful red-brick apartment conveniently close to I-94, I-90 and bus routes. Enjoy hardwood floors and on-site laundry in recently renovated units. Library, restaurants and grocery store within walking distance.
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7901 S Dobson
7901 S Dobson Ave
Chicago, IL
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$725
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Located in the recently rehabbed south Dobson area of Chatham, near the 79th Street L. Units include hardwood floors and recent renovations. Community offers residents some paid utilities and parking spaces.
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Pangea 7953 S Dobson East Chatham Apartments
7953 S Dobson Ave
Chicago, IL
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$705
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Property features recently renovated units with hardwood flooring, free heating and complimentary Wi-Fi. On-site laundry means never having to leave to wash clothes. Located just a few blocks from Food Town and other retail outlets.
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Pangea 7917 S Drexel East Chatham Apartments
7917 S Drexel Ave
Chicago, IL
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$695
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Convenient to the Chicago Skyway Toll Road. One- and two-bedroom apartments with amenities such as eat-in kitchens and hardwood floors in a community with on-site laundry facilities. Rent includes heating.
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8255 S Maryland
8255 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL
Updated April 19 at 06:24am
1 Bedroom
$720
Newly renovated units with hardwood floors, on-site laundry, and parking facility for residents. Located in a very walkable neighborhood with a walk score of 87.
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8114 S Vernon Ave
8114 South Vernon Avenue
Chicago, IL
Updated April 19 at 09:57am
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
City GuideChatham
Jane Byrne once said, "Chicago's neighborhoods have always been the city's greatest strength." That's never been more true than in Chatham.

Chatham has long been one of Chicago's proudest and most attractive communities. It's one of 77 communities that make up the suburban South Side, and its easy access to downtown and lower than average rents make it an appealing choice for many Chicagoans. South Side refers to the edge of Chicago that is south of "The Loop," the city's main traffic circle and transit route. 35,900 residents pack themselves into apartments and houses here and spend the year bracing themselves for the cold, windy winters that Chicago is known for. Good thing the city looks pretty in white. The good news is that Chicago is one of the most vibrant, beautiful and down-to-earth cities in the world and residents feel a whole lotta love for it.

Finding an Apartment in Chatham

With more people per square mile than the city of Chicago itself, finding an apartment in Chatham can be a little tricky. The vacancy rate is a minuscule 3.25%, so expect to do a little legwork if you're looking for places to rent. You'll also want to make sure you're well-versed on crime rates in different areas. Arming yourself with the right information will ensure that you find great, safe apartments for rent in the area.

The Cost

Chatham has a low median rental rate that is less than Chicago proper. The price is right for many, but putting up with some of Chatham's quirks might not be ideal. Lower-quality living, for example, might deter some folks from the cheaper property rentals. Properties are primarily owner-occupied, but you can find a fair amount of rentals (17%) if you have time to search a little. With low rents like these, it's no wonder that people here like to find a place and then stay, so you might have trouble finding open places for rent. The city has seen a rise in foreclosures in the past few years, so it might be worth your while to investigate some of these. The vast majority of properties were built in 1939 or earlier, so you can expect to find some old historical gems peppered in with the newer complexes.

When to Rent

Winter is always the quietest season, and it's no wonder with Chicago's tendency for subzero temperatures! Things can be a bit more bustling in the spring and summer, so make sure to leave a little extra time to look. Finding an apartment here could prove challenging, so make sure you're well prepared for any appointments you have. You might have to write a check that very day for an apartment you like so you don't risk losing it. There's no such thing as taking a night to sleep on it here it will likely be gone by the time you've come around to making your decision.

What You'll Need

Go in with your game face on. The competition is tough for places here and you're going to need all the ammo you can get. Do the grunt work of searching apartments and making appointments and when you go to meet the landlord, show up early. Be friendly, smile and make small talk Chicagoans love a good pleasantry. And have all your documents ready to go. You might not be an organized person, but you better be organized about this apartment hunt. This means having your credit report, rental application, letter of employment or recent pay stubs, references and any info about pets you're planning to bring that proves your dog, cat, lizard, bunny or monkey isn't going to destroy the apartment or any of your neighbors. Obviously you'll need your checkbook too nothing impresses a landlord like putting your money where your mouth is.

Chatham Neighborhoods

Chatham is a tough but strong city. There's no getting around it. At times, the city has battled high crime rates, a struggling economy, and just about every other challenge a community can face. But these folks are darn proud of their city, and the residents have faced up to the struggles and proved to be remarkably resilient. The whole area is relatively inexpensive -- much less so than living in the heart of Chicago proper.

Avalon Park: This eastern portion of Chatham is made up primarily of frame houses and apartments for rent, some dating back to the mid 1880s! Get out your history books and brush up on the Italian stonemasons that settled this part of the town.

Village Center: Not many places available here in Village Center, but if you're lucky you can find an apartment home for rent for less than the average price in Chatham. You'll probably bump into your neighbors on your commute into Chicago quite a bit.

Beamington/ Irwins Park: If you like convenient shopping and parking, this is the spot for you. Expect about a 20-minute jaunt to downtown, if you're driving.

E. Walnut Street/ Gordon Drive: Cozying up to the western edge of Lake Springfield, this is the northernmost neighborhood in Chatham. Rents are a little bit higher and so are vacancy rates, so get to hunting!

Life in Chatham

Sandwiched between 79th and 95thStreets to the east and west, respectively, and the Illinois Central Railroad and Dan Ryan Expressway to the north and south, Chatham occupies a significant bit of Chicagoan real estate. The area has its roots in the industrial development of the mid-1800s and was in a prime location to serve as an industrial hub. Starting with duck hunting and then becoming home to the Cornell Watch factory and eventually a number of steel mills, Chatham has always been a hard-working town. The city is still home to several of the most successful businesses in the country, such as Johnson Products Company, Seaway National Bank of Chicago, the Independence Bank of Chicago and the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association.

  • Chathamites drive to and from downtown Chicago all the time. The Chicago Metro train services the area, but many people opt to sit in traffic instead, with average commute times ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • The neighborhood has seen a huge revitalization happening over the last year in order to combat the rising crime, property neglect and economic instability. Community leaders and residents are devoting their energy to a number of projects to assure that Chatham remains the jewel of the South Side.
  • Chathamites enjoy taking in the culture, adventure and nightlife of downtown Chicago. In summer, swimming at Lake Michigan is a popular activity it's a unique beach with a shore that sits just below the skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline. When winter rolls around, people flock downtown for shopping and holiday festivals. Other activities include the fun and food on Navy Pier, visiting the John Hancock building and St. Patrick's Day, when the city dyes the river green to celebrate!

Living in Chatham offers a real glimpse into the pulse of Chicago. it's a great opportunity to live at much less of a cost than settling down in the city itself while still having quick and easy access to all the glory of downtown and beyond.

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