Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $5,000/month— a sum that opens many doors but barely gets you into certain buildings. Will it be a contemporary duplex or a traditional townhouse? They're all on the roster.
? This Southport Corridor duplex gives up a handsome product to renters— more than they're used to, anyway. The cool contempo stylings include sections of hardwood wall, a fireplace, high ceilings, high-end kitchen, interior balcony, two spa baths, and full home automation (lights, blinds, audio, temp, security). The 2,500-square-foot 3-bed comes fully furnished and thus lends itself to corporate excursions. We'd rather a family have it. The rent: $4,985/month.
? Wicker Park has a good assortment of coach houses but few ever surface on the rental market. This opening on Schiller near Damen is parked right opposite Wicker Park, the park. It's a dandy, with vintage hardwood floors, an open staircase, large living area, new kitchen, three beds, exposed steel beams, wood stove, and a walled patio. The spot has been available for a month at an even $5,000.
? Here we have a townhouse rental in the gated Park Row complex at Prairie & 15th. It's not the more historically intact stretch of Prairie south of 18th, but the area is one big welcome mat for the suburban transplant. The property measures some 3,400 square feet across four levels with a private elevator. Highlights include a double-sided fireplace, mosaic master bathroom, huge walk-in closet, cobblestone patio, and a two-car garage. The ask? $4,800/month with a rent-to-own option.
? Another townhouse, equally roomy, is newly available in North Center. It isn't gated per se unless you count the six-foot fence as a hostile gesture. The interior is simple and predictable, with the exception of the vaulted master suite. The home sports a large kitchen, basement rec room, five beds, yard, patio, and two-car garage. It's also mighty close to Lincoln Avenue food and entertainment. The ask? $5,250/month.
? Finally, the Gold Coast chimes in with a fully-furnished 2/2 "urban residence" (read: condo tower). The 1,600-square-foot, 27th-floor unit at 1300 N Astor has "unending" lake and city views, deliciously modern furnishings and finishes, floor-to-ceilings windows, limestone floors, and a snazzy kitchen. The $5,200 rent includes utilities, cable, internet, and one parking space.