Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $1,500/month— a surprisingly liberating budget. Will it be a one-bed with insane views, a secluded coach house, or a new industrial loft conversion? Those and more are on today's roster and up for reader voting.
? The South Loop's Vesta Lofts have just opened after a meticulous conversion of the landmark Vesta Accumulator Building. This 800-square-foot one-bed boasts 15' ceilings, exposed original timber posts and beams, exposed brick, and oversized historic windows. We also detect in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, and a sizable kitchen w/ island. Curbed's April visit to the building hinted at the whopping roof deck to come, with views of the skyline and the soon-to-begin McPier hotel and arena development. The rent is an even $1,500.
? There's a rental opening at the Bank Note Lofts, one of the South Loop's classic conversions. A top-floor 1/1 is in play, sporting exposed brick, clay tiled ceilings, bamboo floors, a new kitchen with polished concrete counters, a fireplace, and a balcony. The square footage isn't made clear but all these spoils have the power prompt split second decisions. The rent: $1,500.
? We promised blistering views at some point, and this 86th floor studio at the Hancock Center offers that if little else. The listing claims "pristine condition" with everything in a "newer" state and the decor pleasingly neutral. Uh, maybe this was a valid claim in the '90s. Either the listing's a farce or the renovation decisions are highly questionable. That said, $1,500/month ain't half bad for a 664-square-foot abode this high in the sky with access to an indoor pool, saunas, fitness center, and grocery.
? Down near the intersection of the Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, and Hyde Park neighborhoods lies an entirely different type of housing stock than Streeterville or the Sloop has to offer. We're in Greystone country, and there's a fine specimen with a 3/2.5 duplexed unit for rent that everyone oughta know about. In addition to the "open and lofty" living room, dining room, and kitchen, the finished basement delivers a family room and "bonus" room (nothing to be scared of). The main floor has hardwoods throughout and an enclosed porch. The ask? $1,499/month.
? "Adorable cozy coach house in the heart of Old Town" kinda says it all, doesn't it? Living off an alley isn't everyone's dream, but this two-bed brick coach looks pretty secure with a gated entry and private patio. What's visible of the interior is minimal, but ceiling height seems better than expected. The ask? $1,475/month.
? Just up the way in Old Town Triangle is a first-floor one-bed unit in a gorgeous vintage row. The space for rent has been updated and maintained with new hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, stone & marble bath (if you can find it), and a modernized kitchen (if you can fit in it). High ceilings are the other big perk. The ask? $1,550/month. OK then, time to cast a vote for your favorite!
·What $3,000/Month Can Rent You Around Chicago [Curbed Chicago]