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What $1,250 rents in Chicago right now

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If you look hard enough you can still find a two-bedroom in this price range

Welcome 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 around Chicago renting for $1,250/month.

↑ $1,250 - 2332 N Spaulding Ave #2A
The landlord of this one bedroom in Logan Square knows that rents around Chicago are climbing but also mentions that they’ve got a nicer condo elsewhere. "We all know rents in Chicago are going through the roof, I was super excited to find a non-studio for under $1300," the lister declares. "If I hadn't just purchased a condo, I'd be thrilled to call it my home," the poster adds. Interestingly enough, a quick Google Street View search shows an M. Fishman plate attached to the front of the building. It’s pretty much your standard courtyard apartment in Logan Square. Certainly a squeeze in size for a one-bedroom, but hey, heat is included.

↑ $1,250 - 2554 W Winnemac Ave #3
$1,250 also gets you a finished attic in Lincoln Square. The listing mentions that the place has been recently refinished and includes stainless steel appliances, espresso stained hardwood floors, and some other extras. It’s got a large yard and is relatively close to the Brown Line, which are pluses.

↑ $1,250 - 3004 N Gresham Ave #2
If you’re looking for a little more room, affordable rents can still be found in Avondale. This two-bedroom apartment is only a few blocks from the Belmont Blue Line station and just a few houses away from Milwaukee Avenue. Nothing fancy to see here, but it’s clean and ready for tenants.

↑ $1,250 - 1641 W Lunt Ave #3N
Rogers Park has a solid inventory of affordable apartments. If you’re having trouble finding a two-bedroom apartment in the $1,200 to $1,300 range, then head up north towards Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park. The listing indicates that this one has been completely overhauled. It’s described as "very modern" and has all of the typical doodads that no one really finds particular special anymore (stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, etc.). "You will love living here," the landlord declares. As far as we can tell, this does appear to be the nicest apartment out of the bunch, but you’ll need a magnifying glass to get a decent look at the photos.