Finding Apartments for Rent in Chicago, IL
All summer long, you can hop on a boat and take a tour along the Chicago River, past the many architectural wonders and historic structures that make the city so distinct. Chicago's abundance of architecture tours are a good indication of the quality you can expect from downtown real estate. If you're looking for an apartment to rent in the city, you won't just have your pick of gorgeous buildings and neighborhoods; you'll also be able to choose a community that feels like family.
Chicago apartments span the whole spectrum of budgets, from downtown studios to high-end units that come with amenities like parking and concierge services. Whether you want an apartment close to the El for your morning commute or need to stay a little farther from the chilly, rainy lake effect of Lake Michigan, you can find an affordable Chicago apartment for rent.
Top Neighborhoods in Chicago, IL
Chicago neighborhoods retain a great sense of community, thanks to a high respect for diversity and a millennial tendency to follow friends to the hottest new neighborhoods. Wicker Park is one of the fastest-growing districts; it began as a Polish and Jewish community in the 1800s and gradually evolved into an artistic mecca by the 1980s. Apartments for rent in Wicker Park will keep you close to unusual architecture, high-quality art galleries and very convenient transportation options.
Meanwhile, the South Side's Hyde Park is a perfect choice if you'll be working or studying at the scenic University of Chicago campus, or if you want to live where President Obama and Frank Lloyd Wright started their careers. Both men's former homes are in this high-profile area, and so is the Robie House, a piece of Prairie architecture history that Wright designed himself more than a century ago.
Cultural Attractions in Chicago, IL
You won't run out of money or things to do anytime soon in Chicago, because many of its most popular and unique attractions are also free. For example, the elegant former Chicago Public Library was converted into the Chicago Cultural Center in the early 1990s; you wouldn't know it from the outside, but the ornate granite building houses four whole stories of free art exhibits and performance space.
Right across Randolph Street, Millennium Park offers a lakefront experience like nothing else you'll find in America. The park's iconic Cloudgate, a mirrored sculpture affectionately dubbed "The Bean," will give you a whole new perspective of the skyline behind you, and in the winter time, you can hit this Loop hot spot to ice skate on a huge temporary rink. The Art Institute of Chicago is right next door, giving this whole part of town a very Central Park feel.
On Chicago's north side, the Lincoln Park Zoo gives families a completely free, up-close look at hundreds of apes, big cats, sea animals, primates, reptiles and more. The sprawling park is open to the public and offers festive seasonal celebrations, such as Christmas light extravaganza Zoo Lights and an outdoor summer concert series.
There's nothing like the Taste of Chicago, a famous culinary extravaganza that occupies Grant Park every July. The park also permanently hosts Lollapalooza, a three-day summer music festival that draws music fans from around the world and sells out almost instantly.
Sports in Chicago, IL
For many Chicago natives, a neighborhood's sports team is just as important as its school system. Fans of the Chicago Cubs rent Wrigleyville apartments, some of which overlook Wrigley Field itself, in this intimate and well-landscaped community that has a long history of loyalty to the unlucky Chicago baseball team. However, if you rent an apartment on Chicago's South Side, be prepared to root for the Chicago White Sox, the 2005 World Series champions who play at U.S. Cellular Field.
No matter which team sport you follow, you'll have plenty of chances to catch world-class games right in your own backyard. The 2013 Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, play at the massive and iconic United Center; as do the legendary Chicago Bulls, who played three of their six victorious NBA finals in the stadium. Most importantly, everyone in Chicago loves the Chicago Bears, so check any Green Bay Packers loyalties at the door of your new Chicago apartment.
Shopping in Chicago, IL
You can't talk about shopping in Chicago without starting on the Magnificent Mile. Chicago's most famous stretch of street spans several blocks of Michigan Avenue, and attracts millions of shoppers every year with its offerings of designer boutiques, department stores and urban shopping centers such as Water Tower Place.
Next to the historic Water Tower and John Hancock Building, Water Tower Place offers six indoor stories of shops and restaurants, including the Chicago Sports Museum and the American Girl Cafe and store, where young girls can customize their own doll, browse her entire wardrobe collection, and even attend a tea party with theatrical reenactments of the associated books.
Even if you don't rent an apartment near the Loop, North Side, or Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Pedway is a six-mile system of underground and indoor pedestrian walkways that you can access from the Red and Blue El Lines, as well as the Metra. It connects many iconic Chicago shopping destinations, including the Macy's that replaced the iconic Marshall Field's on State Street.View Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
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