Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: an even $2,000/month, with standouts from the Loop, South Loop, Logan Square, Edgewater, and Lake View. Dig in, and don't forget to cast a vote for your favorite!
↑ If we told you Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe is responsible for this unit and all the others at the two-building Commonwealth Plaza, that oughta be enough to get you off your tuckus. But we'll go a little farther and give the specific unit its due: the 1,200-square-foot two-bed has 50-feet of floor-to-ceiling window on the sixth floor; hardwood floors; updated baths; not-updated kitchen; and lots of storage space. The building has a bunch of social amenities and the lakefront takes care of the rest. The rent: $2,050/month.
↑ Here's your hot ticket to the Montgomery Ward loft complex, also known as Domain Condos. It's a good place to rent if you're one of the hundreds who work next-door at Groupon, and thus the openings are relatively scarce. This 850-square-foot one-bed unit has 12-foot concrete ceilings, a balcony with city views (and up-close aspects of the neighbors), and exposed ducts and hardwoods throughout. The rent: $2,000/month.
↑ If it matters to you to dwell close to the financial district, Millennium Park, and the daily shitshow incumbent upon the Loop, then this converted Michigan Ave vintage space is a godsend. Weighing in at 890 square feet with one bed and one bath, the pristine 14th floor unit is no slouch. It even has some twists: the hardwoods are black; the kitchen is all-white and new; and there's a jacuzzi tub— clearly, not intended as a rental. The building offers 24-hour door staff, a fitness center, and a sauna. The rent: $2,000/month.
↑ Another condo rental beckons from the 23rd floor of Edgewater's Park Tower, tallest on the Far North lakefront. Being this far north, value starts to kick in: the corner space measures 1,250 square feet with two beds and two baths, hardwood floors, new kitchen, walls of windows, and lake views yet asks just $1,950/month.
↑ For a different sort of rental character Logan Square 2- and 3-flats will suffice. Here we have a 2nd-floor three-bed with 1,300 square feet, a large kitchen, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, and some leftover vintage intrusions. It also comes with a garage spot and storage unit. This is at the heart of swinging Logan just off Kedzie Boulevard, so you won't see much improvement in prices nearby. The rent: $1,950/month.
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