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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-biggest city fosters a totally unique local persona, with a wild and colorful history that has earned an eclectic string of nicknames: the Second City, the City of Broad Shoulders, the City Beautiful, and of course, the Windy City. A legendary music group is named after it, countless songs have been written about it, plays are based on it, and movies and television shows are set in it. Perhaps it is because, as Frank Sinatra crooned, "you lose the blues in Chicago." Local landmarks like the Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, the Bean, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, and the Art Institute have become ingrained in American popular culture. It's Chicago, and it's amazing.

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 truly world-class city offering a little something for everybody. The architecture is stunning, from the John Hancock Tower to the Tribune Tower to the Willis Tower. Chicago's neighborhoods are legendary, from the Magnificent Mile to the Gold Coast to Lincoln Park. Summers spent on beaches like North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach are filled with swimming, boating, and beachcombing. Oh, and sports fans love Chicago -- this is home to legendary teams and equally legendary arenas, particularly the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Bears at Soldier Field, and the Blackhawks and Bulls at United Center.

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 April 2018, the average apartment rent in Chicago, IL is $1,171 for a studio, $1,440 for one bedroom, $1,786 for two bedrooms, and $2,108 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Chicago has increased by 0.6% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 460 $1,171
1 BR 667 $1,440
2 BR 918 $1,786
3 BR 1,152 $2,108

Ratings

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

Top 10 Apartments in Chicago

  1. Alta at K Station, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,582 - 5,569
  2. Coast at Lakeshore East, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,936 - 5,171
  3. Midpointe Apartments, Studio - 2 Bed, $950 - 1,602
  4. Moment, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,180 - 8,005
  5. 777 South State, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,075 - 5,725
  6. The Van der Rohe, 1-3 Bed, $1,735 - 2,575
  7. Buena Shores, 1-3 Bed, $1,275 - 1,905
  8. The Patricians, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,390 - 3,090
  9. The Lofts At River East, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,505 - 4,690
  10. 24 S Morgan Apartments, 1-3 Bed, $2,310 - 6,305

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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  • Alta at K Station
    555 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,582 - 5,569 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • Coast at Lakeshore East
    345 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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  • Midpointe Apartments
    4050-4064 W 115th St, Chicago, IL 60655
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    $950 - 1,602 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
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  • Moment
    545 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $2,180 - 8,005 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • 777 South State
    2 E 8th St, Chicago, IL 60605
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    $2,075 - 5,725 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • The Van der Rohe
    2933 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60657
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    $1,735 - 2,575 1-3 Bed Available Now
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  • Buena Shores
    833 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
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    $1,275 - 1,905 1-3 Bed Available Now
    844-812-0763
  • The Patricians
    401-411 W Fullerton Pky, Chicago, IL 60614
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    $1,390 - 3,090 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • The Lofts At River East
    401-465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $2,505 - 4,690 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • 24 S Morgan Apartments
    24 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607
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    $2,310 - 6,305 1-3 Bed Available Now
    312-283-3511
  • Alta Roosevelt
    801 S Financial Pl, Chicago, IL 60605
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    $1,644 - 4,681 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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    123 N Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $2,058 - 5,438 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • 850 Lake Shore Drive
    850 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $3,055 - 7,513 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    312-462-1903
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    765 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,770 - 7,825 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
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  • 1000 South Clark
    1000 S Clark St., Chicago, IL 60605
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    $1,625 - 6,823 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-598-2598
  • The Shelby
    2300 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
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    $1,520 - 2,705 1-2 Bed Available Now
    312-646-4878
  • Marlowe
    675 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,662 - 5,589 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    847-979-4467
  • Linea
    215 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606
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    224-220-3563
  • Emme Chicago
    165 N Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,875 - 3,900 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    312-964-3725
  • JeffJack
    601 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,673 - 4,340 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
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  • 420 E Ohio
    420 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $1,790 - 4,390 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    888-380-0393
  • Kenect Chicago
    500 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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    312-964-3768
  • Optima Chicago Center
    200 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    773-273-6395
  • Chestnut Tower
    121 W Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60610
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    $1,543 - 4,869 1-3 Bed Available Now
    312-462-0329

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