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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 May 2018, the average apartment rent in Chicago, IL is $937 for a studio, $1,082 for one bedroom, $1,610 for two bedrooms, and $1,906 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Chicago has decreased by -34.0% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 411 $937
1 BR 621 $1,082
2 BR 885 $1,610
3 BR 1,109 $1,906

Ratings

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

Top 10 Apartments in Chicago

  1. Seneca, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,347 - 4,379
  2. The Shoreham at Lakeshore East, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,826 - 4,669
  3. The Tides at Lakeshore East, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,823 - 5,303
  4. Aurelien, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,700 - 15,270
  5. Mondial River West, Studio - 4 Bed, $1,845 - 9,290
  6. North Water Apartments, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,687 - 18,220
  7. Gateway West Loop, Studio - 2 Bed, $2,297 - 3,835
  8. K2 Apartments, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,970 - 6,995
  9. EnV Chicago, Studio - 2 Bed, $2,630 - 6,690
  10. Cityfront Place, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,688 - 4,969

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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  • Seneca
    200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $1,347 - 4,379 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-435-0208
  • The Shoreham at Lakeshore East
    400 E South Water St, Chicago, IL 60601
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    $1,826 - 4,669 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    866-599-7868
  • The Tides at Lakeshore East
    360 E South Water St, Chicago, IL 60601
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    $1,823 - 5,303 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    312-288-8069
  • Aurelien
    833 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
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    $1,700 - 15,270 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-489-9630
  • Mondial River West
    910 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60642
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    $1,845 - 9,290 Studio - 4 Bed Available Now
    844-741-2982
  • North Water Apartments
    340 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $1,687 - 18,220 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-402-4750
  • Gateway West Loop
    11 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
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    $2,297 - 3,835 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-417-3242
  • K2 Apartments
    365 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,970 - 6,995 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-368-4250
  • EnV Chicago
    161 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $2,630 - 6,690 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-892-1659
  • Cityfront Place
    400 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $1,688 - 4,969 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-482-6861
  • Luxe on Madison
    1222 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
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    $1,720 - 3,515 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    773-358-2809
  • One Superior Place
    1 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,537 - 5,762 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    312-219-9516
  • AMLI River North
    71 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,802 - 7,067 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    312-219-9513
  • AMLI Lofts
    850 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605
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    $1,794 - 3,180 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    312-462-1938
  • 1001 South State Street
    1001 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
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    $1,900 - 5,495 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    844-843-7332
  • Marquee at Block 37
    25 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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    $1,742 - 5,825 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-808-9214
  • Arrive South Loop
    1935 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
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    $1,495 - 3,100 1-3 Bed Available Now
    872-206-3051
  • The Morgan at Loyola Station
    1209 W Arthur Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
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    $1,495 - 2,473 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    773-649-4071
  • Marlowe
    169 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    $1,710 - 5,577 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    847-979-4467
  • 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
  • Linea
    215 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606
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    $1,945 - 5,520 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    224-220-3563
  • 420 E Ohio
    420 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $1,740 - 4,420 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    888-380-0393
  • Kenect Chicago
    500 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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    $1,705 - 5,490 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    312-964-3768
  • JeffJack
    601 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661
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    $1,732 - 4,163 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-443-8919
  • Optima Chicago Center
    200 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
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    $2,025 - 10,325 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
    773-273-6395

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