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Best Finds in Chicago: Enjoy the Finest of Chi-Town Without Overpaying

If you think that all the nice apartments for rent in Chicago — in the most sought-after neighborhoods — are either taken or overpriced, think again. Have you been looking for a good deal in Lakeview, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park or the Loop? You may just find it, if you look in the right place.

RENTCafé has selected a few amazing apartments for lease, in some of the most desirable locations in Chi-Town, offered at below-average prices for that neighborhood. You can truly appreciate the beautiful city of Chicago when you do your morning jog by the lake, take a detour stroll through Lincoln Park on your way to work, are close to the most raved-about Chicago restaurants and theaters in Lakeview, enjoy the charming, quiet tree-lined streets in the prestigious Gold Coast, or literally walk to work every day in the West Loop. Better yet, live in some of the most gorgeous historic buildings in town, and enjoy amenities such as a rooftop pool or complimentary fitness center — without overpaying.

Here’s what’s available right now, from studios to 3-bedrooms:


Cornelia & Stratford in Lake View East – (Check availability)

Monthly rent: $990 for a studio apartment in Lake View East

Cornelia & Stratford 535 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago IL
Cornelia & Stratford Apartments

The historic Cornelia & Stratford buildings are located in a beautiful, green residential area, across from Belmont Harbor. For less than $1,000 per month, you can benefit from the proximity to Lake Shore Drive, jog or bike by the lake, and enjoy the best harbor and lake views. Live just a few blocks from Wrigley Field and within walking distance to the lively nightlife on Clark and Addison. The studio floor plans offer 336+ square feet of living space, hardwood floors and ample storage space.

1 Bedroom 

Elm Street Plaza in the Gold Coast (Check availability)

Monthly rent $1,675 a 1-bedroom apartment in Gold Coast

Elm Street Plaza 1130 N Dearborn St Chicago IL
Elm Street Plaza Apartments

The residences at Elm Street Plaza are set in an amazing location in the prestigious Gold Coast, in close proximity to gourmet shops and upscale restaurants, the popular Rush and Division nightlife, and within walking distance to the Magnificent Mile. The building offers its residents luxury amenities such as an outdoor pool and sundeck, beautifully landscaped garden, complimentary fitness center, and on-site dry cleaning and laundry.

2 Bedrooms

The Patricians  – Lincoln Park (Check availability)

Monthly rent $2,440 for a 2-bedroom apartment in Lincoln Park

The Patricians 401 W. Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago IL
The Patricians Apartments

The Patricians apartments are located on Fullerton and Clark, with Lincoln Park right outside your front door, the lakefront trails and North Avenue Beach within a brisk walk. Moreover, the building’s beautiful architecture is unrivalled in the neighborhood. Its rooftop sun deck boasts amazing views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, and its units are uniquely designed vintage and renovated residences featuring beautiful archways, ornate crown moldings and hardwood flooring throughout.

3 Bedrooms

The Catalyst – West Loop (Check availability)

Monthly rent $4,112 for a 3-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago

Catalyst 123 N Des Plaines Street, Chicago IL
The Catalyst Apartments

If you’re willing to spend over $4,000 in monthly rent, you can get a 3-bedroom apartment in the West Loop, with easy access to everything — the Loop, downtown, and the expressway. The Catalyst offers amazing views of the city from its rooftop sundeck and pool, a yoga room, a fitness center, a club room, controlled gated access, and a private dog run and dog wash station.

Interested in other Chicago neighborhoods? Take a look at what else is available on RENTCafé right now.

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About the author

Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves writing and reading about real estate, lifestyle and travel. She finds joy and inspiration in the little things in life. You can get in touch with Nadia via email: nadia.balint@yardi.com.

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