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Chicago

Sweet home Chicago … because it's your kind of town

  • Lakefront
  • Beaches
  • Sports
  • Shopping
  • Architecture
  • Restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • Mass Transit
  • Walkable

America’s third largest city fosters a very unique persona with a wild and colorful history that has earned it a string of nicknames: Second City, Chi-Town, and of course, Windy City. Countless songs have been written about it, a legendary musical group is named after it, plays are based on it, and many movies and television shows are set in it. Yes, it’s Chicago – and it’s an amazing city to rent a luxury apartment.

Taking up a massive chunk of Lake Michigan’s western shore, Chicago spent much of the past century and a half building itself into a world-class city. The architecture is stunning, from the John Hancock Tower to Tribune Tower and Willis Tower. Residents and visitors enjoy watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, strolling the botanical garden before hopping aboard a dinner cruise at Navy Pier, or grazing the posh designer stores along the Magnificent Mile. Summers are spent relaxing on the beach – there are many in Chicago, such as 12th Street Beach and Oak Street Beach. While out on the town, dance the night away at any one of Chicago’s jazz and blues clubs, like Andy’s Jazz Club or the Green Mill.

Explore the City

Aerial view of the city

Cloud Gate at dusk

Riding the "L" in Chicago

The Chicago Stock Exchange is on LaSalle Street

Lighted trees along the Navy Pier

Shopping along the Magnificent Mile

Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in Chicago, IL is $1,194 for a studio, $1,480 for one bedroom, $1,852 for two bedrooms, and $2,279 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Chicago has increased by 3.2% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 446 $1,194
1 BR 663 $1,480
2 BR 916 $1,852
3 BR 1,185 $2,279

Ratings

84 Walk Score® Very Walkable
69 Transit Score® Good Transit
75 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

Top 10 Apartments in Chicago

  1. The Van Buren, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,945 - 3,600
  2. Marlowe, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,835 - 5,577
  3. Everett Hyde Park, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,102 - 2,019
  4. Linea, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,055 - 5,585
  5. 420 E Ohio, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,740 - 4,320
  6. Kenect Chicago, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,730 - 5,141
  7. MILA, Studio - 2 Bed, $2,076 - 5,219
  8. JeffJack, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,628 - 4,938
  9. Aston, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,080 - 10,325
  10. Hyde Park Tower Apartments, 1-3 Bed, $1,556 - 3,091

Living in Chicago

  • Transportation

    Chicago is a very pedestrian-friendly city, complete with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)'s "L" trains. The Metra commuter train is also available and widely used. Travelers can also take buses or participate in the city's bicycle-share program, or they can hop on a trolley. For longer trips, O'Hare International Airport is available. For car travel, residents can take I-90 or I-290.

  • History

    Settled in the 1780s, it's possible that Chicago was explored as early as 1679 -- when the first reference to the city was made by Robert de LaSalle, a French explorer who focused on the Great Lakes Region. He wrote about a place called "Checagou" in his memoir, where he claimed the name came from the "quantity of garlic which grows in the forests."

    By 1833, the town had roughly 200 residents. Within seven years, that number had exploded to more than 4,000 -- mainly due to the important lakefront location. In 1893, the city hosted the very first World's Fair. The event set a world record for attendance, with more than 751,000 attending.

    During the 1920s and the era of Prohibition, Chicago became the setting for some infamous gangsters, including Al Capone and Bugs Moran. In 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in the city, when Al Capone and his gang took on Bugs Moran and his gang.

  • Shopping

    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.

  • Parks

    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.

  • Restaurants

    The culinary scene in Chicago is legendary, complete with celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants. Oh, and that amazing deep-dish pizza. Chicago even has their very own twist on hot dogs (don't ask for ketchup). Some amazing restaurants to try include the Bristol, Acanto, the Monkey's Paw, Mana Food Bar, Balena, and Dove's Luncheonette.

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  • The Van Buren
    808 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607
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    $1,945 - 3,600 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-694-6517
  • Marlowe
    169 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    3 hrs
    $1,835 - 5,577 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    847-979-4467
  • Everett Hyde Park
    5527-5454 S Everett Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
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    3 hrs
    $1,102 - 2,019 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-285-1275
  • Linea
    215 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606
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    $2,055 - 5,585 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    224-220-3563
  • 420 E Ohio
    420 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    3 hrs
    $1,740 - 4,320 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    888-380-0393
  • Kenect Chicago
    500 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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    New
    $1,730 - 5,141 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    312-964-3768
  • MILA
    200 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
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    3 hrs
    $2,076 - 5,219 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-655-0458
  • JeffJack
    306 Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    3 hrs
    $1,628 - 4,938 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-443-8919
  • Aston
    200 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    3 hrs
    $2,080 - 10,325 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    773-273-6395
  • Hyde Park Tower Apartments
    5140 S Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615
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    3 hrs
    $1,556 - 3,091 1-3 Bed Available Now
    773-432-4830
  • Presidential Towers
    555 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,400 - 3,510 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    888-692-0211
  • North Harbor Tower
    175 N Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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    4 hrs
    $1,808 - 5,359 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    888-767-6014
  • Cobbler Square Lofts
    1350 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
    1 / 111
    New
    $1,520 - 3,030 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    866-854-1757
  • The Montrose
    4334 N Hazel St, Chicago, IL 60613
    1 / 34
    New
    $1,445 - 2,680 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    888-769-6192
  • River North Park Apartments
    320 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
    1 / 130
    4 hrs
    $1,505 - 3,500 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-402-3801
  • PRAIRIE SHORES
    2851 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
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    $910 - 7,780 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-827-1869
  • Lake Meadows
    500 E 33rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
    1 / 75
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    $624 - 5,267 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-687-6555
  • 1350 North Lake Shore Dr.
    1350 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
    1 / 32
    New
    $1,338 - 10,257 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-740-9960
  • The Parker Fulton Market
    730 W Couch Pl, Chicago, IL 60661
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    4 hrs
    $1,766 - 13,814 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-294-8524
  • The Gallery on Wells
    167 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,930 - 5,595 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-249-5467
  • Exhibit on Superior
    165 W Superior, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $2,036 - 4,590 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-214-0691
  • Wolf Point West
    343 W Wolf Point Plz, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $2,109 - 28,212 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-811-0188
  • 1333 S Wabash
    1333 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
    1 / 48
    New
    $1,965 - 7,620 1-3 Bed Available Now
    312-767-5990
  • 1140 South Wabash
    1136-1140 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
    1 / 113
    New
    $1,445 - 3,370 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    312-637-6585
  • One East Delaware
    1 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
    1 / 31
    New
    $1,620 - 3,776 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    855-707-4966

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