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2189 Apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

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Auburn Gresham
1 Unit Available
8100 S Throop St
8100 S Throop St, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$955
1240 sqft
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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Chatham
1 Unit Available
Pangea 8152 S Evans East Chatham Apartments
8152 S Evans Ave, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$710
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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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Austin
2 Units Available
723-25 N Central Ave
723 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$825
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Freshly updated one-bedroom apartments offer eat-in kitchens with appliances. Carpeting and tile floors. Uncovered parking available. Easy access to public transit, shopping, local schools, Levin Park, and I-290. Near West Suburban Hospital.
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South Shore
3 Units Available
1931 E 71st St
1931 E 71st St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$645
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
$715
500 sqft
Spacious rooms, ceiling fan, extra large windows and hardwood floors. Kitchen appliances include a high-quality refrigerator and stove. On-site laundry facilities are available, and pets are welcome.
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Washington Park
1 Unit Available
5130 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr
5130 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, IL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$925
750 sqft
Easy access to the Metra Electric train line makes these Washington Park apartments a great choice for commuters. Lease comes with pre-paid heat as standard, and residents can enjoy their own eat-in kitchen.
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Auburn Gresham
4 Units Available
7757 S Peoria
7757 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$885
895 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,090
1051 sqft
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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South Shore
2 Units Available
1748 E 71st
1748 E 71st Pl, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$725
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$850
700 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Situated between E 72nd St and E 71st St. Recently renovated apartments with on-site laundry and Wi-Fi. Some bills are paid as part of the rental agreement.
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Austin
5 Units Available
4815-23 W Cortez St
4815 W Cortez St, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$865
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
725 sqft
Newly remodeled one- and two-bedroom units include hardwood floors and essential appliances. Both cable and phone lines are pre-wired, and pets are welcomed with a deposit.
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Washington Park
1 Unit Available
5854 S Michigan Ave
5854 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$795
725 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
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These quality apartments include intercom access, pre-wired cable, and free heating as part of the lease. Enjoy your own bathtub, extensive range of kitchen appliances, and bonus room. Community amenities feature on-site laundry.
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Chatham
3 Units Available
8312 S Ingleside Ave
8312 S Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$735
550 sqft
Renovated apartments in charming eight-unit building between I-90 and I-94. Walk-in closets, hardwood floors and bathtubs. Free heat. Off-street parking available. Walking distance to public transit and Avalon Park.
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Riverdale
4 Units Available
Pangea Lakes
13300 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$905
806 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
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Hardwood floors, on-site laundry, parking, and outdoor living space await at Pangea Lakes Apartments, between South Indiana Ave and East 133rd. These pet-friendly residences boast hardwood floors and private balconies for prospective tenants.
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Chatham
1 Unit Available
8014 S Maryland Ave
8014 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$910
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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Greater Grand Crossing
1 Unit Available
Pangea 6923 S Indiana Park Manor Apartments
6923 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$810
700 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Convenient Park Manor location, near freeways. Classic Chicago apartment building with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, all with hardwood flooring. Heat included in the rent!
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Chatham
1 Unit Available
8159 S Drexel Ave
8159 S Drexel Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$795
775 sqft
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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Chatham
2 Units Available
8241 S Ellis
8241 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$775
750 sqft
A few yards off E 83rd St and close to Avalon Park. Functional apartments with some paid utility bills, hardwood flooring and Wi-Fi. Modern kitchen includes quality appliances.
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Auburn Gresham
4 Units Available
7755 S Sangamon St
7755 S Sangamon St, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$865
775 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,025
925 sqft
Within walking distance to Leland Giants Park. Two- and 3-bedroom apartments with amenities such as fireplaces, bathtubs, kitchen appliances and hardwood floors. Rent includes some utilities.
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South Shore
1 Unit Available
7028 S Clyde
7028 S Clyde Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$875
775 sqft
A short walk from E71st St and E 72nd St. Homes include a bathtub, hardwood floors and quality kitchen appliances. Residents have access to on-site laundry and Wi-Fi. Pet-friendly community.
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South Shore
2 Units Available
7609 S Coles
7609 S Coles Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$855
770 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Convenient to Route 41. All apartments feature hardwood floors and quality kitchen appliances. Rent includes heat, Internet and on-site laundry fees. Car parking available. Residents enjoy easy access to Rainbow Beach Park and Jackson Park.
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South Shore
2 Units Available
7020 S Merrill Ave.
7020 S Merrill Ave, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,170
1300 sqft
4 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated three-bedroom apartments in a six-unit building with internet access and parking. Apartments have hardwood flooring and kitchen appliances. Near South Merrill Community Garden, O'Keeffe Elementary School and bus line on East 71st Street.
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Chatham
3 Units Available
741-53 E 79th
741 E 79th St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$565
250 sqft
1 Bedroom
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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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South Shore
2 Units Available
7317 S Chappel
7317 S Chappel Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$865
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated apartments near Lake Michigan. Hardwood floors and large windows. Very walkable neighborhood with easy access to shops and restaurants. Some utilities paid. Only a few blocks from public transit stops.
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Near North Side
16 Units Available
The Hudson
750 N Hudson Ave, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$2,390
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,290
1059 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$9,140
1830 sqft
The Hudson Apartments, at 750 N Hudson St, is located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.
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Near North Side
15 Units Available
Elm Street Plaza
1130 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,633
507 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,883
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,924
1100 sqft
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.
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Near North Side
18 Units Available
Kingsbury Plaza
520 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,798
552 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,793
918 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,852
1210 sqft
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.

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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