Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today, we're looking at apartments renting around $1,300.
This Ravenswood two-bedroom looks like your classic Chicago rental. There are a lot of original details and rental-grade updates. It’s located just a block from the Damen Brown Line station and a couple of blocks from the Ravenswood Metra station, so transportation options are plentiful.
Interestingly enough, this apartment is located next door to the previous one. It’s got the same transit-rich location and the same vintage vibe as the first listing. If you’re looking for a place in Ravenswood in this price range, you’ve got some options.
Here’s a spot in West Town that has two bedrooms and a den/office. There’s not much to see here. Finishes are certainly budget level and it appears to have a vertical gas space heater for the winter months. The listing also states that the furniture can be used by the renter should they choose.
For $1,300, you can certainly do a lot worse. The listing says that this one is in “West Logan Square,” and indeed, it’s on the edge of the popular northwest side neighborhood. However, big pluses here are central heat, an updated kitchen with dishwasher, and the landlord allows both cats and dogs.
If you head up north you can usually get more bang for your buck. This two-bedroom Rogers Park apartment is plenty spacious and has some nice updates like a dishwasher, vintage built-ins, and online rent payment. The landlord also allows cats and heat is included in the rent.
It’s not as common to find a two-bedroom in Ukrainian Village in this price range these days, but here’s a nice one that is currently available. It’s certainly on the smaller side, but the unit is charming and heat is included. This may be a good bet for a couple or a single person looking for a live/work arrangement.
- Chicago rent comparisons [Curbed Chicago]