Average Rent in Chicago & Rent Price Trends
Average Rent in Chicago
- The average rent for a Chicago studio apartment is $1,737
- The average rent for a Chicago 1-bedroom apartment is $2,155
- The average rent for a Chicago 2-bedroom apartment is $2,771
- The average rent for a Chicago 3-bedroom apartment is $3,007
Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.
Chicago Rent Trends: Rent Growth
Chicago rents have increased by 1.65% compared to last month, and are up by 11.16% compared to last year.
Chicago Rent Trends: Inventory by Average Apartment Rent
- 3% of apartments in Chicago cost less than $1,000 per month.
- 42% of apartments in Chicago cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
- 37% of apartments in Chicago cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
- 18% of apartments in Chicago cost over $3,000 per month.
Chicago Rent Trends: Inventory by Apartment Type
- 23% of apartments in Chicago are studio apartments.
- 43% of apartments in Chicago are 1-bedroom apartments.
- 24% of apartments in Chicago are 2-bedroom apartments.
- 11% of apartments in Chicago are 3-bedroom apartments.
Average Rent in Chicago Neighborhoods
Have your ideal Chicago neighborhood already picked out? Rent prices across neighborhoods can vary, so get familiar with the average rent prices across the various neighborhoods in Chicago.
The most expensive neighborhoods in Chicago are River North ($2,743), West Loop ($2,651), and Near North Side ($2,615). The most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago are Hyde Park Kenwood Historic District ($1,439), Uptown ($1,397), and South Side ($1,159).
|Neighborhood||Average 1- Bedroom Rent|
|Near North Side||$2,615|
|Near West Side||$2,530|
|Near East Side||$2,351|
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What Salary Do You Need to Live in Chicago?
Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in Chicago. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!
- If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in Chicago, your annual salary should be around $69,480 or higher.
- If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Chicago, your annual salary should be around $86,200 or higher.
- If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Chicago, your annual salary should be around $110,840 or higher.
- If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Chicago, your annual salary should be around $120,280 or higher.
If you're considering renting in Chicago, be sure to learn more about the cost of living in Chicago.
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