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What $1,200/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: $1,200/month, with scattered sites north and south. Dig in!

? Ravenswood came through with this large 2/1 rental on the middle floor of a 3-flat. Just north of popular Winnemac Park and south of Foster, the 1,400-square-foot unit has oak floors, leaded windows, built-in cabinets, separate living and dining rooms, and walk-in closets off both bedrooms. There's also a porcelain-tiled eat-in kitchen and a number of utilities included in the $1,250/month rent.

? Available November 1 is this 2/1 gut-renovated Hyde Park condo. The second-floor unit in a courtyard building has exposed brick, knotted wood window frames, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and a parking space. And at East Hyde Park Blvd & Woodlawn, the location is almost unbeatable. The rent: $1,200/month.

? The largest unit on our roster is a 1,500-square-foot three-bed in Woodlawn, a half-block from Oakwoods Cemetery and a few blocks south of the Midway. The area can get a little dicey, but the housing stock is quite nice. The finishes on this renovated space belong in another price bracket: new hardwoods, ornamental fireplace, high ceilings, and moldings. Collect your buds, this could make a sweet grad school pad! The rent: $1,200/month.

? A sizable vintage two-bed is available immediately at Rogers Park's lakefront Eastlake Terrace apartments. At the extreme northern edge of the city, this cluster of pre-war courtyard buildings features access to three distinct public beaches as well as tennis courts. The unit sports hardwood floors, built-in shelving, and a large kitchen. The rent: $1,175/month.

? Now back to the South Side and this 1,000-square-foot 2/2 condo rental in the historic Jackson Park Highlands. Standing in the company of large estates, the small building affords this unit a balcony, gated security, and all-new interiors. Parking is also secured and the address is walking distance from two golf courses: the Jackson Park course and South Shore course. The rent: $1,250/month.