Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different Chicago neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. To celebrate Curbed’s first Transportation Week, we are looking at apartments next to Blue Line stations.
↑ 4217 W. Irving Park Road #2A — Irving Park station
The Irving Park area is very residential, which means that it’s mostly a quiet and quaint area. However, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom is located on the busy Irving Park road, so it’s going to be a bit noisier than other parts of the neighborhood. However, the $1,450 rent is tough to beat considering its size and proximity to public transit.
↑ 2660 N. Milwaukee Avenue #3 — Logan Square station
Logan Square is by no means the bargain that it once was, but you can still get a place that’s relatively budget-friendly if you look hard and long enough. At nearly $2,000 per month, this apartment isn’t a steal, but with three bedrooms, in-unit laundry, and central heat and air, it’s a solid value compared to comparable units in the newer buildings popping up around the neighborhood.
↑ 2854 W. Lyndale Street #1 — California station
This listing is a pretty good example of what one can expect to find in Logan Square these days. Here we have an updated apartment in an old frame two-flat that can be rented for $1,695. Transit-wise, this is a great location. You’re also close to the popular bars and destinations along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.
↑ 2020 W. Pierce Street #2 — Damen station
Oh, Wicker Park, how pricey and unobtainable you’ve become. If you have the cash to drop $3,600 per month on a rental then you can find yourself living in this spacious three-bedroom, three-bath duplex unit near the Damen Blue Line station. It’s a pretty solid choice for three roommates, which would break down to $1,200 per person.
↑ 821 N. Milwaukee Avenue #3W — Chicago station
The Noble Square and East Village area may not be as in as Logan Square is right now, but it’s a nice area with plenty of rental options. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is pretty common of the building stock constructed before the crash—fairly nondescript exterior wrapped in split face block. However, the interior is much more exciting here. It’s also quite roomy as well for $2,300.
↑ 20 N. State Street #411 — Washington station
Perhaps you’d prefer close to a Blue Line station downtown. If that’s the case, here’s a listing for a Loop two-bedroom close to the Washington Station. It’s located in the heart of downtown, so there’s a lot within walking distance here. This one is available for short- and long-term leases and can be rented for $2,600 per month.
↑ 1224 W. Van Buren Street #413 — Racine station
The West Loop and Fulton Market has also exploded in popular and new development in recent years. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft near the Racine Blue Line station is about a mile from the popular Restaurant Row but is only steps away from University Village and the UIC campus. This one is renting for $2,400 per month.
↑ 214 Harrison Street #1 — Austin station
While this one-bedroom Oak Park apartment is described as “incredibly unique” in the listing description, all we get is a look of the exterior. However, it sounds like it’s fully loaded with in-unit laundry, central heat and air, and storage space. Located just a short walk from the Austin Blue Line station, this one can be rented for $1,300.
↑ 841 Clarence Avenue #3 — Oak Park station
We end our trip on the Blue Line at at this single bedroom apartment near the Oak Park station. Renting for $1,100, this apartment is your classic Chicago vintage unit with radiator heat and some original finishes like old oak and maple hardwood flooring. However, you do get an updated kitchen and bathroom, as well as in-unit laundry.