Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $2,700/month, with sparkling representatives in the South Loop, Logan Square, Lake View, and Kenwood. Dig in, and don't forget to cast a vote for your favorite!
? A seventh-floor loft in a "preferred" South Loop building will help get this party started right. The unit's sizzle involves architecture— with just one bedroom, the common spaces take center stage with a sunken living room, fireplace w/ stone wall, and an oversized balcony w/ unobstructed views of downtown. The bedroom has two walk-in closets and an en suite bathroom with jacuzzi tub. The rent: $2,700/month, or, opt for fully furnished and pay $3K.
? A few blocks north and a couple more east there's a Grant Park-bordering 36th-floor availability, logging 1,600 square feet of living space with big lake and city views. The 2/2 apartment has hardwoods, floor-to-ceiling windows, a simple kitchen, granite baths, and a 24-foot balcony. The building assumes a full-amenity stance common to the city's crop of newer 'luxury' rentals, highlighted by a gym and sun deck. The rent is $2,700/month; garage parking, however, will cost you another $195.
? The lone single-family home rental on our list—relatively scarce at this price point—is a Lake View three-bed tucked into a gated community just off Diversey. And if gated weren't enough, the listing declares the home is "located on the quiet interior of the complex." It even has an attached garage for optimum car-to-living room expedience. The home is pure formula but that works for some. The rent: $2,650/month. Suburbs in the city, baby!
? Logan Square is inescapably pricey these days, particularly anywhere near the train and/or boulevards. This 1,600-square-foot vintage three-bed is right on a boulevard, so the $2,695 asking rent is expected. The place has some standout built-ins: an elaborate fireplace and mantle; leaded glass cabinetry; and wooden bench seating. There's also patches of coffered ceiling, a newer kitchen, and a back deck. Listing just four days ago, this one's set to fly.
? Last but not least is a huge vintage duplex on the Kenwood-Hyde Park border, available for $2,700/month. How huge? Try 3,700 square feet. That comprises most of the structure, minus the top floor. This is a really old school abode, with wood panelling, fireplaces, enclosed porches, and a formal foyer. The place can sleep a large family or a platoon of U of C kids, although the landlord might not be in love with that last idea.