Apartment Living Chicago, IL Renting With Pets

Renting With Pets in Chicago – We Sniffed Out Some of the Best Pet-Friendly Apartments

Two dogs playing on the beach

Finding a great place to rent can be a challenge for pet owners, especially in large cities and competitive markets. We realize it’s quite a struggle to choose the most suitable apartment so we have taken our time and compiled a list of some interesting pet-friendly rentals in Chicago so as to make your choice easier.

But wait! We have some more good news! Based on the sheer number of pet-friendly apartments for rent in Chicago, it’s safe to say that the Windy City more than welcomes your canine and feline friends. And beyond the circa 580 pet-friendly locations – each comprising tens or even hundreds of rental units – the city has a lot more to offer for those who can’t do without their furry companions. For starters, Chicago is currently the 6th most walkable US city, with dog-friendly beaches on Lake Michigan and numerous dog-centered activities such as the annual Chicago White Sox Dog Day where dogs are allowed at the stadium.

It’s one thing to bark at the wind, but a promise is a promise, so here comes the list of our favorite pet-friendly apartments in Chicago:

Shorewind Towers ApartmentsSouth Shore, rents starting at $615 – Check availability

This South Side Chicago community is an awesome deal if you don’t mind bringing your own furniture when moving in, as pets are only allowed in the unfurnished units. If you can come to terms with this compromise, your reward is a below-average rent in an above-average location. Afraid of heights? The adjacent sister development, Shorewind Court Apartments offers great units – still reasonably priced – in a low-rise building.

Shorewind Towers Apartments, Chicago
Plaisance ApartmentsWoodlawn, rents starting at $652 – Check availability

If you liked the previous listing but you find the Hyde Park area more attractive, look no further! Although it’s technically in the Woodlawn neighborhood, Plaisance Apartments is so close to the university campus and the adjacent Washington Park that you’ll never tell the difference. The community allows up to two pets as long as they don’t carry even the slightest trace of fighting heritage in their blood. With dogs you may never know, but most cats are a relatively safe bet in this regard…

Plaisance Apartments, Chicago

Twin TowersEast Hyde Park, rents starting at $1,171 – Check availability

If you’re a dog person you’d be barking up the wrong tree at Twin Towers. Meowing on the other hand is more than welcome. A $150 flat fee applies per pet upon move in and a maximum of two cats are allowed. Twin Towers’ location is convenient to most of the buzz in central Chicago, the view is to die for, so it’s definitely one worth checking out.

Twin Towers , Chicago

1000 South ClarkSouth Loop, rents starting at $1,655 – Check availability

This centrally located, sleek piece of cutting edge architecture certainly has it all. Interiors feature high-end finishes and modern appliances just to name a few, available on more floor plans than we bothered to count. On-site pet-friendly amenities include a landscaped outdoor dog park and the cleverly named Bark on Clark, a full-service pet care facility. The exclusive address also means you and your pup can be the first ones to arrive at Bark in the Park 22, an event held in May at the nearby Soldier Field, where you can enjoy all kinds of fun activities – and the best part: it’s all for a good cause.

1000 South Clark, Chicago

The Lofts At River EastStreeterville, rents starting at $2,005 – Check availability

Yes, you’re seeing it right, that number is not the year The Lofts at River East was built in. But we assure you, if money is no object, there really are no excuses left for not taking a look at this listing. We’re not sure about dogs’ and cats’ attitude towards luxury, but from a human standpoint there is nothing not to love about the hardwood-granite-stainless steel combo you see just about everywhere you look. Ah, and those floor-to-ceiling windows…

The Lofts at River East, Chicago

In case none of the above listings really shouts home-sweet-home to you, RENTCafé has hundreds more pet-friendly apartments for rent in Chicago.


About the author

Balazs Szekely

Balazs is a qualified journalist with a thing for real estate. This obsession comes in handy in his work as an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. When he’s not thrashing his keyboard, he takes pleasure in photography, aquascaping and all kinds of DIY projects. Feel free to get in touch with Balazs via email or Twitter.

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