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Apartments for Rent in Chicago, IL - 3,185 Rentals available

  • Apartment
    1901-03 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2156 W. Grace St., Chicago, IL 60618
    $1,183
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    4022-24 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60613
    $1,860 - $2,300
    • 2-4 Beds
    • 1.5-3.5 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2737-39 N. Mildred Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
    • 1-4 Beds
    • 1-3 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    1717 W. North Shore Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
    $725 - $775
    • Studio-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    1801-05 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    5200 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60640
    $795 - $1,395
    • Studio-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Pinnacle
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    (844) 253-4032
  • Apartment
    6807 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626
    • Studio-1 Bed
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Pinnacle
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    (844) 891-0571
  • Apartment
    1234-36 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
    $1,600
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2833 N. Cambridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
    $1,495 - $1,595
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2855 - 2857 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
    $1,100
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (844) 584-1044
  • Apartment
    2034-36 W. Arthur Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
    $995
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2240-50 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
    $925
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    3559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
    $1,400
    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    7732815252
  • Apartment
    3540 N. Janssen Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
    $3,400
    • 2-4 Beds
    • 2-4 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    Available Today!
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    4535-45 N. Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    $1,195
    • 1 Bed
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    Available Today!
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    38-44 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612
    $1,900
    • 2-3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    4128-34 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60641
    $1,350
    • 2-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    1200-06 W. Altgeld St., Chicago, IL 60614
    $995
    • Studio-1 Bed
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2634-40 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    5348-56 N. Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
    $925
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    Available Today!
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    620 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
    $895
    • Studio-1 Bed
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    2103-23 W. Berwyn Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    $1,295
    • 1-3 Beds
    • 1-2.5 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
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    7732815252
  • Apartment
    2608 N. Magnolia Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
    $1,200
    • 1-2 Beds
    • 1 Bath
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    Available Today!
    (773) 281-5252
  • Apartment
    3333 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    Managed by Peak Properties, Inc.
    Available Today!
    (773) 281-5252

Renter's Guide to Chicago

If there is just one thing Chicago is known for, it most certainly is its spectacular lakefront. It’s the essence of Chicago, affecting not only the weather but also distinguishing the city from anywhere else in the world. Renter's Guide to Chicago ILThe 3rd largest city behind New York and Los Angeles, Chicago is nevertheless the largest city on the largest body of fresh water on the planet - the Great Lakes.

Its location in the middle of the country has always been a factor in its role as the country’s transportation hub - first as a port, then a railroad hub, and now home to the 2nd busiest airport in the US. As much as the weather’s unpredictable nature can be challenging, so too can its lakefront tempered climate create absolutely perfect weather conditions on countless days of the year. Many complain about the weather but few ever leave Chicago because of it.

Chicago, IL Demographics

  • Total Population2,759,441
  • Female 1,337,715
    Male 1,421,725
  • Median Age33.48

Cost of Living in Chicago, IL

With one of the best public transportation systems in the country, there truly is no need to own a car in Chicago. As of 2016, the cost to ride the train in the city was $2.25 and the bus was $2.00, though buying any number of day passes reduces that cost significantly. Taxicabs and Uber blanket the city and are easily hailed on the street or simply by cell phone app. The City of Chicago regulates and sets all taxicab rates, so it doesn’t matter which company one uses. Uber fares will vary depending on the type of vehicle selected and times of intense demand, though rates in Chicago are some of the lowest in the country.

Thinking of taking the train from Chicago to NYC? Amtrak is a good option, with rail fares, good for one coach seat, ranging from $106 to $134 a person. If you’d rather drive, the Big Apple is about 800 miles away. Depending on traffic, it will take you approx. 12 hours to get from Chicago to New York City.

Overall cost of living in Chicago (103.4%) is on par with the national average and far less expensive than other large cities like New York. Monthly utility costs for a 900 square-foot apartment average about $120. With three major cable providers - Comcast, AT&T, and RCN - average monthly Internet bills are around $50.

Chicago, IL Average Rent

  • Chicago, IL Average Rental Price, February, 2017$1,608/mo
  • Studio$1,213
  • 1 Bedroom$1,691
  • 2 Bedrooms$2,240

Chicago, IL Apartment Rent Ranges

  • < $5001%
  • $501-$7003%
  • $701-$1,00015%
  • $1,001-$1,50026%
  • $1,501-$2,00025%
  • > $2,00030%

Chicago, IL Rent Trends

Average Rent All Rentals Studio 1 Bed 2 Beds 3 Beds
February, 2017 $1,608 $1,213 $1,691 $2,240
May / 2016 $1,592 $1,200 $1,680 $2,219
Jan / 2016 $1,517 $1,163 $1,594 $2,116
Sept / 2015 $1,531 $1,145 $1,597 $2,154
May / 2015 $1,522 $1,133 $1,598 $2,162
Jan / 2015 $1,489 $1,102 $1,552 $2,039
Sept / 2014 $1,445 $1,095 $1,524 $2,012
May / 2014 $1,441 $1,104 $1,531 $2,006
Jan / 2014 $1,404 $1,047 $1,471 $1,925
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Average rent is projected to grow by 3% in 2016 compared to 2015.

Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.

Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 60601606026060360604606056060660607606086060960610606116061260613606146061560616606176061860619606206062160622606236062460625606266062860629606306063160632606336063460636606376063860639606406064160642606436064460645606466064760649606516065260653606546065560656606576065960660606616070760827

Living in Chicago

Favorable reasons for living in Chicago far outweigh negative factors. Possibly the most underrated reason to live in Chicago is being on the Great Lakes and having access to clean, fresh drinking water that tastes great right from the tap. You’ll never have to buy another bottle of water again!

Chicago offers a plethora of attractions and fun things to do, though, the city’s lakefront parks, trails, and beaches that line its 20-mile shoreline are by far its biggest attraction and it’s all free. Sports lovers may not have a better sports town anywhere, with two major league baseball teams (Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox), a storied football franchise (Chicago Bears), a basketball team that was home to Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), an “original six” hockey team (Chicago Blackhawks), and a major league soccer team (Chicago Fire Soccer Club). This doesn’t even begin to speak to the hundreds of amateur sports leagues for Chicagoans who enjoy playing sports as much as watching them.

All that sports can work up an appetite and there’s no better place to satisfy it than in Chicago’s neighborhoods, where you’ll find every imaginable palette of food. A city of neighborhoods, one could spend a lifetime indulging in the diversity and charm that each offers. Are there negatives to living in the Windy City? Yes, the weather. However, even the unpredictable Chicago weather can be turned into a positive. As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Chicago just wait a few hours and it will change!

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that there are few places with such a diverse population. More Poles live in Chicago than anywhere in the world outside Warsaw and more Mexicans live here than anywhere in the country. From Asian to Ukrainian and every ethnicity in between, Chicago is home to over 500,000 foreign-born immigrants!

Things to do in Chicago

Navy Pier is a big draw as is Millennium Park, in downtown Chicago. Attending a professional sports event is always popular, particularly a visit to the venerable Wrigley Field. Skyscrapers such as the Hancock Center and the Willis Tower offer scenic views of the city and surrounding states from their observation decks. Chicago is also home to one of the nation's oldest and largest zoos - Lincoln Park Zoo - that houses over 1,000 animals representing nearly 200 species, and it’s all free of charge.

Some of Chicago’s more notable annual events include the dozens of neighborhood festivals and nationally recognized neighborhood art fairs; the Chicago Jazz Festival, which features world-class jazz musicians; the Taste of Chicago, which highlights some of the best restaurants in Chicago; parades, parades and more parades, including the Gay Pride Parade and weekend festival that has grown to be one the largest and most well-known LGBT events in the world; and the Chicago Air and Water Show, which showcases some of the most exciting displays of aircraft in the country. 

Then, of course, there’s the world-renowned city culture. A few of the more recognized cultural institutions include the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Chicago has one of the most extensive parks’ systems in the country. Lincoln Park, the city’s largest occupying nearly 5 miles along Chicago’s north lakefront, includes dozens of beaches along that stretch. Grant Park, located in downtown Chicago, includes Millennium Park and the Pritzker Music Pavilion, designed by world-renowned architect, Richard Gehry. Jackson Park encompasses 500 acres along the city’s south lakefront, was home to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, and was designed by the father of landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted. Humboldt Park, a popular neighborhood park occupying over 200 acres in the heart of the city’s northwest side, is the only park in the city not on the lakefront with its own beach.

Yet, not all fun and activity is limited to Chicago’s outdoor space. Some of the best shopping in the city occurs indoors and one of the most spectacular of those places is Water Tower Place, located along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile - Michigan Avenue. Navy Pier, one of the city’s most popular attractions, includes a variety of stores and restaurants, a theater, 400’ carousel, boat rides, a children’s museum, and much more. If you happen to be in Oak Lawn, do check out Chicago Ridge Mall – it’s home to some great shops, a movie theater, and a food court.

Finally, some of Chicago’s best entertainment venues are in Chicago’s many ethnic neighborhoods. Just to name a few, Chinatown and Little Village, on the city’s near south side respectively highlight Chicago’s Asian and Mexican cultures. Korean culture abounds in the Albany Park neighborhood and you’ll be immersed in Indian culture in Chicago’s West Ridge community.

 

Employment and Economy

Chicago is not only culturally diverse, it’s also economically diverse, which keeps the city unemployment rate low. No one industry dominates the city’s economy, though some industries stand out. Every major bank in the country and a number of international banks have branches in the city. Chicago is home to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, founded in Chicago as a commodities exchange in the 19th century and now the largest options and futures exchange in the world. The medical industry is also well represented in teaching and research facilities as well as many major hospitals. Finally, the software industry is growing rapidly with most of the major companies, such as Microsoft, Google, and Intel, maintaining offices in a city that has been termed “Silicon Prairie” for all the start-ups that are blossoming in the city’s small business incubators. One of the primary reasons that Chicago is so attractive to 21st-century industries is its highly educated workforce, due mainly to the availability of some of the country’s best schools and universities.

Chicago, IL Households

  • Total Number of Households1,085,436
  • Family 594,839
    Non-family 490,602
  • Children 322,662
    No Children 762,777
  • Average People Per Household2.4
  • Median Household Income$53,593
  • Median Household Disposable Income$35,091

Chicago, IL Crime Rate and Statistics

National Average

Below Average 100 Above Average
Total Crime Risk
230
Assault Risk
286
Automotive Theft Risk
194
Property Crime Risk
167
Rape Risk
247
Robbery Risk
442

Education in Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school district in the US with more than 600 schools providing quality education to approximately 400,000 children. Top universities in the city include University of Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, to name a few.

Chicago, IL Education Statistics

  • No High School13%
  • Some HighSchool14%
  • Some College23%
  • Associate Degree7%
  • Bachelor Degree25%
  • Graduate Degree17%

Tips for Renting in Chicago

Over a quarter century ago, Chicago passed one of the most all-encompassing renter’s rights bills in the nation. Known as the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance and last updated in 2010, it provides extensive protection to those who rent in Chicago.

The law covers a whole host of safeguards for tenants, such as interest on security deposits and timely return of the deposits, 48-hour notification to enter the apartment, sufficient notice of lease termination, rights to timely repairs, essential services such as water, electricity and heat, and protection against landlord retaliations. These are just a few of many renters’ rights established in the law. Many cities don’t have such legislation in place so it behooves anyone relocating to Chicago to obtain a copy online and review it before signing any lease.

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