The decent vacancy rate makes it that much easier to get a foothold in the renter's market here, but it's still best to be prepared. Moving in the winter time is always easier, where prices are often lower by comparison to summer and competition for places is generally down. You're going to need to show credit reports, employment letters, references and so on if you want to quickly secure a property, and be ready with your deposit without having to faff around by moving money between accounts. If you're moving alone, you'll find that studio apartments for rent are rare, so you might have better luck with one-bedroom rental apartments. If you're with others, you'll have more choice, with three- to five-bedroom houses dominating the market.
We're not in New York here, so you're not going to get dozens of neighborhoods with their own distinct feel. There are, in fact, just three, and each have a similar look and feel. But what would you expect from a city that's only 2.5 square miles!
N Cicero Avenue / W Pratt Avenue: This area is full of urban sophisticates and detached three- to four-bedroom houses. Up Cicero Avenue there are a few eateries, like Kow Kow and East of Edens, to get your taste buds working.
Village Center: Enjoy a round of golf? Well then, there are 18 holes waiting for you at Bryn Mawr Country Club in the south. There are lots of detached homes, but a good showing of one to two-bedroom apartments as well for those looking for apartments to rent in Lincolnwood.
N Crawford Avenue / W Pratt: There are some nice trails here for anyone who likes to go running or walking their pooch down by the water, with the North Shore Channel Trail running along the east of the neighborhood. There's also a nice restaurant -- Olive Garden -- on the waterfront near the Town Center and a Pizza Hut in the south.
Many people looking for a home for rent in Lincolnwood will be aiming to commute into Chicago, and therefore travel into the big city is fairly simple. A lot of people take the bus, while there are also some major roads heading south. Dining options aren't limited, with L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge being a particular favorite among locals, and the city is certainly not short on parks and recreation, with plenty of outdoorsy fun to be had. Tennis courts, a swimming pool, baseball diamonds and a range of parks and gardens make the town a pretty relaxing place to live. So, if you are commuting into Chicago, you can come home to that smell of the barbecue and a nice relaxing stroll round your nearest park to unwind.