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2250 Apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

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Lakeview
Near North Side
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Portage Park
1 Unit Available
4145 North Milwaukee Avenue - 1
4145 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
1250 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 4145 North Milwaukee Avenue - 1 in Chicago. View photos, descriptions and more!
Englewood
1 Unit Available
517 W. Marquette Rd. Apt. #1
517 W Marquette Rd, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$725
675 sqft
Gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment. Heat included. Tenant pays cooking gas & electric. Close to shopping, transportation, Kennedy King College, great schools. Applicant should make at least $1,800 per month.
Near North Side
1 Unit Available
1130 N Dearborn Street
1130 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
Studio
$1,536
526 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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A relaxing neighborhood just steps from the hustle and bustle of downtown chicago - that's the reward that residents of elm street plaza enjoy.
Near South Side
1 Unit Available
1464 South Michigan
1464 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,400
934 sqft
Beautiful apartment in a great neighborhood!
South Shore
1 Unit Available
6942 South Cregier Avenue
6942 South Cregier Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,575
1300 sqft
Wonderful Recently Rehabbed 3 bedroom featuring gleaming hardwood floors, New Jacuzzi bath w- designer tile work,& high end fixtures! Extremely large living room and separate and equally large dining room.
Lincoln Square
1 Unit Available
4529 North Western Avenue
4529 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,900
1300 sqft
Spacious and affordable 3 bed2 bath available 61! Building is on a quiet tree-lined street close to restaurants, shopping, entertainment and transportation. Unit has dishwasher, air conditioning, laundry in building, pet friendly and so much more.
Lincoln Park
1 Unit Available
1013 West Webster Avenue
1013 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
2000 sqft
Breathtaking De Paul Loft in Lincoln Park. Post and Beam Construction. 3+bedrooms, each with a walk in closet, 2 full baths each with a jauczzi, 15 foot timbered ceilings, exposed brick, 8 foot windows with panoramic views of De Paul.
Belmont Cragin
1 Unit Available
5005 West Altgeld Street North West
5005 West Altgeld Street, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$900
550 sqft
1 BEDROOM GARDEN APARTMENT; Clean. ALL CERAMIC FLOORS THRU OUT, SPACIOUS EAT IN KITCHEN. COMES WITH STOVE & FRIDGE. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED: FOR $900. CAN'T BEAT THAT! PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO LAUNDRY ON PREMISES. PLENTY OF PARKING IN FRONT.
Near South Side
1 Unit Available
1234 South State Street
1234 South State Street, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$4,750
2808 sqft
Remarks: Welcome home to 1234 S. State. This bright single family home has a welcoming front entrance with porch, backyard deck overlooking the Chicago Skyline and a 2 car garage.
North Lawndale
1 Unit Available
1320 South Kedvale Avenue
1320 South Kedvale Avenue, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
800 sqft
Move In Condition, Available Know, Nice Hardwood Floor Thur-out, Unit 2nd Floor, 2 Bedrooms with 1 Bath, Full Eat-In Kitchen, All Rooms Sizes Are Estimated, Nonthing To Do But Move In. Section-8 Voucher Welcome.
Lincoln Park
1 Unit Available
509 West Wrightwood
509 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1200 sqft
Unit 5 Available 07/01/19 Gorgeous 2-Bedroom Apartment Available - Property Id: 119631 A prime location in Lincoln Park, this is the ideal place to call home.
West Town
1 Unit Available
1750 W Augusta Blvd Apt 2F
1750 West Augusta Boulevard, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,895
Available 07/01/19 Avail July 1ST*** Beautiful all brick walk up building with secure gate entry and ADT alarm systems in ALL units. Unit boasts high ceilings with cam lighting and ceiling fans.
Lakeview
1 Unit Available
511 West Barry Avenue
511 West Barry Avenue, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
1500 sqft
Attention Vintage Lovers! Top floor jumbo apartment in classic East Lakeview Greystone features newer carpeting throughout, high ceilings, decorative fireplaces, and spacious rooms/closets-Huge windows let in tons of light-Huge eat-in kitchen-Heat,
The Loop
1 Unit Available
201 North Westshore Drive
201 North Westshore Drive, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,000
1295 sqft
The best corner unit situated in the heart of Lakeshore East, a village within the city, very serene, the unit is set up for convenience and functionality, pullout organized cabinet drawers and closets, hardwood floors, high end see thru shades and
Albany Park
1 Unit Available
4515 North HAMLIN Avenue
4515 North Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,195
900 sqft
HIGH WALK-UP SPACIOUS 1ST FLOOR UNIT - 1BEDROOM/1BATHROOM VINTAGE END UNIT WITH NICE BACKYARD, UNIT AT THE END OF THE BUILDING WITH ADDITIONAL WINDOW LINE, HARDWOOD FLOORS, W/D IN BUILDING, PLENTY OF STREET PARKING, ACROSS FROM SCHOOL, NEAR
Chicago Lawn
1 Unit Available
6835 South Talman Avenue
6835 South Talman Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1000 sqft
Newly renovated building. Spacious 3 bedroom unit on 2nd floor, stainless steel appliances, beautiful finishes in the bathroom and kitchen - granite countertops, hardwood floors, large ceramic kitchen tiles.
North Lawndale
1 Unit Available
3512 West 12th Place
3512 West 12th Place, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$850
1000 sqft
Newly renovated 2bd 1ba located in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. New furnaces, hot water tanks, energy saving lights and ceiling fans. New kitchen cabinets, sinks and counter tops.
West Town
1 Unit Available
2305 West Grand Avenue
2305 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,700
950 sqft
Wonderful Condo 3 bedroom 2nd Floor apartment rental. Separate heat and air conditioning with individual controls, black granite kitchen counters, 42" cabinetry, microwave, dishwasher & side-by-side washer and dryer.
Lakeview
1 Unit Available
434 West melrose Street
434 West Melrose Street, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$4,292
1525 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
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This is not your cookie-cutter apartment building. Each unit has been custom designed with the best modern and high-end finishes. Only 18 units with 2 or 3 units per floor makes this intimate building feel like a single family home.
Logan Square
1 Unit Available
3534 West Armitage Avenue
3534 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
800 sqft
Newly updated with hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, stove) and exposed brick, sunny living room with turret plus a built-in hutch, walk-in closet and central air.
Portage Park
1 Unit Available
3349 North Lamon Avenue
3349 N Lamon Ave, Chicago, IL
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
900 sqft
Gorgeous condo tucked away in quiet corner of neighborhood. Gleaming hardwood floors! Stunning kitchen includes stainless steel apps., 42" cherry cab's and granite c-tops. Bath includes whirlpool tub & marble tile.
Roseland
1 Unit Available
11432 South FOREST Avenue
11432 South Forest Avenue, Chicago, IL
4 Bedrooms
$1,500
1600 sqft
THIS UNIT DUPLEXES UP TO GIVE YOU WONDERFUL SPACE. CERAMIC TILE BATHS ON EACH LEVEL. CERAMIC TILE KITCHEN WITH STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES AND FULL SIZE WASHER AND DRYER. CENTRAL AIR. GREAT ROOMS SIZES AND A LARGE BACK YARD WITH PATIO FOR YOUR USE.
Woodlawn
1 Unit Available
6226 South Champlain Avenue
6226 South Champlain Avenue, Chicago, IL
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
1000 sqft
Move-in between = 8/15 - 9/1.
Edgewater
1 Unit Available
6157 North Sheridan Road
6157 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL
1 Bedroom
$1,600
850 sqft
FURNISHED. Available May 15. Edgewater Beach. Renovated open floor plan unit with mesmerizing views of the lake. Spacious with ample closet space. Updated kitchen, bathroom, and laminate floors throughout. Available furnished.

Average Rent in Chicago

Last updated Jun. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago is $1,094, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,287.
Studio
$942
1 Bed
$1,094
2 Beds
$1,287
3+ Beds
$1,646
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!

July 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2019 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents increased 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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July 2019 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2019 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents increased 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 increased significantly over the past month

Chicago rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,090 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,290 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth 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 1.2%, 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.

    • Evanston has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,570, while one-bedrooms go for $1,330.
    • Over the past month, Waukegan is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.3%. 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 were up 0.1% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.
    • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,770; rents grew 1.0% 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 1.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.3% in Rockford.
    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,290 is above the national average of $1,190. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 1.5% increase in Chicago.
    • While Chicago's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including DC (+2.3%), Denver (+1.6%), and New York (+1.6%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chicago than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is more than twice 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
    0.5%
    1.5%
    Aurora
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0.8%
    2.3%
    Joliet
    $950
    $1,120
    0.5%
    0
    Naperville
    $1,510
    $1,770
    1%
    1.6%
    Elgin
    $990
    $1,170
    0.3%
    0.7%
    Waukegan
    $850
    $1,000
    -0.3%
    1.2%
    Hammond
    $840
    $990
    0.1%
    0.4%
    Arlington Heights
    $1,280
    $1,500
    1.2%
    2.1%
    Evanston
    $1,330
    $1,570
    0.9%
    2.5%
    Schaumburg
    $1,430
    $1,680
    1.2%
    2.2%
    Bolingbrook
    $1,320
    $1,560
    0.9%
    2.9%
    Palatine
    $1,170
    $1,370
    0.6%
    1.5%
    Des Plaines
    $980
    $1,160
    0.2%
    0.5%
    Wheaton
    $1,280
    $1,500
    1.5%
    1.4%
    Hoffman Estates
    $1,100
    $1,290
    -0.7%
    0.9%
    Oak Park
    $840
    $980
    -1%
    1.4%
    Lombard
    $1,380
    $1,620
    0.6%
    0.1%
    Carol Stream
    $1,160
    $1,370
    0.9%
    1%
    Romeoville
    $1,630
    $1,920
    0
    2.5%
    Wheeling
    $1,140
    $1,340
    0.1%
    0.6%
    Calumet City
    $870
    $1,030
    -0.1%
    0.7%
    Merrillville
    $970
    $1,140
    0.1%
    0.1%
    Glendale Heights
    $1,120
    $1,320
    -1%
    -0.2%
    St. Charles
    $1,280
    $1,510
    1.3%
    0.6%
    Woodridge
    $1,230
    $1,440
    1.2%
    1.5%
    Gurnee
    $1,280
    $1,500
    1.6%
    4.9%
    Mundelein
    $1,180
    $1,380
    -1.4%
    -0.5%
    Chicago Heights
    $910
    $1,080
    -0.2%
    0
    Lansing
    $850
    $1,010
    0.2%
    0.1%
    Vernon Hills
    $1,350
    $1,580
    0
    1.7%
    Woodstock
    $970
    $1,140
    0.1%
    0
    Zion
    $890
    $1,040
    -0.3%
    -0.1%
    Lisle
    $1,210
    $1,430
    0.7%
    4.7%
    Park Forest
    $980
    $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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