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What $3,000/Month Can Rent You Around Chicago

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $3,000/month— a life-changing budget to some and a pittance to others. Will it be a sky-high one-bed or a spacious townhouse? They're all on the roster.

? Opposite the Montgomery Ward factory complex (now Groupon's turf) sits a townhouse development offering good bang for the buck. One of its gated interior units surfaced on the rental market and we had to include it for its warm decor, large windows, cherry floors, fireplace, built-in surround sound, and roof deck with skyline views. The 2-bed, 1,200 square-foot home is asking $2,900/month.

? A large 4-bed townhouse at the Kenwood-Hyde Park border, this spot belongs to a converted church campus. A number of units share a central green with a huge gothic church structure— an uncommon experience even considering the growing stock of church residences. If the space looks glum that's because it's appointed for corporate rental at the moment. Keep it as is or elect the unfurnished option. Highlights include 2,400 square feet of living space, two decks, one balcony, and a 2-car garage. The rent: $2,900/month.

? This is a 3/2.5 townhouse at The Portals subdivision in East Lincoln Park. Built in with a modernist vocabulary, the 1,500 square-foot unit turns inward with a walled front patio, uniform brick facade, and balconies facing the street and the courtyard. Hardwoods run the show, the living room has a fireplace, and the bedrooms are sizable. The rent: $3,100/month.

? The smallest unit on our list, this one-bed apartment compensates by being occupying the 41st floor on Streeterville's lakefront. Measuring 1,000 square feet, the spare unit has ebony-stained wide-plank floors, an open kitchen, a large bedroom w/ good closet space, and a balcony with lake and city views to the north. The full-amenity building kicks in the rest. The rent: $2,950/month.

? Lastly, we have another high-floor apartment near the lake. This 2/2 penthouse is situated on the 55th floor of Edgewater's tallest building at 5415 N Sheridan Road. The 1,100 square-foot space is perfectly nice, with hardwood floors, a wall of windows, galley kitchen, and some fine curvature dictated by the building itself. But views and views alone— to the south, east, and west— will get you in the mood to drop $3,000/month.