Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $1,800/month, with concentrations on the Lower West Side and north lakefront. Dig in, and don't forget to cast a vote for your favorite!
? Ever considered about buying in University Commons, that super-sized loft conversion of a former regional food distribution hub? Give the prospect a test drive by renting this 890-square-foot 2/2 condo for $1,850/month. Every unit pretty much looks the same (even the interiors), which we imagine might be disorienting after a long drunken outing. According to the listing both bedrooms comfortably fit a queen bed, the master bath has a soaking tub, heated garage parking is included, and residents share a gym and outdoor pool. Also—and this is good and bad—the unit owners live in the complex.
? Now let's check out a Gold Coast duplexed one-bed, taunting the excluded pet owner. This curious space belongs to an amenity-laden high-rise at 1223 N Dearborn. We spy hardwood floors, a decent open kitchen, two walk-in closets, a second-floor master suite, and office space. Rent includes basic cable and will set you back $1,755/month.
? Back in University Village, this 1,000-square-foot one-bed loft called out to Curbed. The top-floor (5th) space is characterized by high ceilings, timber beams, and an upscale kitchen. A private staircase leads to the 750-square-foot private roof deck with pavers, lounge areas, and a garden. And, hey, let's not forget "majority owner-occupied" is a selling point to renters as well. The rent: $1,750.
? A sweet rental opening has been online for a week at Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe's 900-910 LSD (the less-coveted duo when compared with 860-880 LSD). The 17th floor one-bed qualifies as 'high-floor' and delivers 887 square feet of living space with the preservation of Miesian simplicity. Toss the carpeting if you like, we won't tell. You can of course do newer and bigger elsewhere, but there's an overlapping population of lakefront addicts and architectural junkies that'll jump at this every time. For $1,800, bring a bit 'o tenancy back to a condo building built as rentals.
? It's not hard to justify the asking rent on this Ravenswood three-bed. The 1,300-square-foot 2nd floor unit sports hardwoods throughout, updates to the kitchen and bathroom, onsite laundry, vintage light fixtures and built-in cabinetry, and use of an enclosed back porch. It's all a short jog from the Irving Park Brown Line and the epically-proportioned Graceland Cemetery. The rent: $1,750.