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What $1,100 rents in Chicago right now

See what $1,100/month gets you in Lakeview, Ravenswood, and Irving Park


Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $1,100.

1509 W. Addison Street #GRDN

This garden unit looks like a tight squeeze, but the price is tough to beat considering the location. Located just steps away from shopping along the Southport Corridor, and a few steps further to the Southport Brown Line station, this one is in a transit-rich and amenity-rich area. The building looks super sharp and clean, and there’s even a nice little back patio space. The rent on this one is $1,025 but reserved parking will cost an additional $125 per month.

4916 N. Wolcott Avenue #3-SW

The photos of this Ravenswood listing aren’t particularly helpful here, but what we can gather is that this is your classic Chicago apartment. The building and the unit itself features a lot of older architectural details and finishes. If you’re into the vintage flair of old school Chicago multiunit buildings, then you’ll dig this one. It’s listed as a studio, but it appears to be quite spacious for one. The unit boasts radiators, which means heat is included in the $1,025 monthly rent.

612 W. Patterson Avenue

If mid-rises or high-rises are your thing, there are generally plenty of options available in the $1,000 price range. This particular unit in Lakeview is asking $1,095 and has been thoroughly polished and updated with new kitchen appliances, a newer bathroom, and squeaky clean hardwood floors. It does feature baseboard heat however, so be prepared for potentially steep electric bills in the winter. The location is pretty fantastic however with the lakefront and Wrigley Field just steps away.

1434 W. Belle Plaine Avenue #2F

A one-bedroom in a Graceland West greystone for $1,100 sounds promising enough, but you’re going to have to go look at this one in person if you hope to get an idea of what this apartment is really like. The floors and finishes appear to be in good shape and cats are allowed in this one. Garage parking is available for an additional $125 per month.

4118 N. Kedzie Avenue #1

The round figure of $1,100 can also get you into this recently refinished garden apartment. While living below grade isn’t ideal for many, this one does include some extras like a garage parking space and laundry. The unit itself features central heat, newer kitchen appliances, and access to a shared backyard. No pets are allowed however.