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What $1,600 rents in Chicago right now

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Options include a brick three-flat in Pilsen and West Ridge apartment with a large backyard

A grand staircase with gold railings, white staircases, and a black metal door.
The lobby of an apartment in the Loop.
Courtesy of Compass listing agent Patrick O’Dwyer Jr.

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago ’hoods. We’ve found five rentals within $100 of today’s price, $1,600. Vote for your favorite below!

Washington Park

A three-story brick house with columns and a balcony in the front.
A living room with a large brick fireplace and a bay window with dark trim.
A bedroom with an original wood door, small window, and built-in window bench.
A view of a mudroom space with a built-in cabinet, hardwood floor, and wood hanging racks. Via DreamSpots

Near one of Chicago’s largest parks, which is also home to the DuSable Museum of African American History, is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. The large space feels more like a single-family home and features dark wood trim, original fixtures, brick fireplaces, and rustic built-ins. It rents for $1,600 per month.


A studio space with a bedroom and living room with a wall divider. There is a bed, a couch, and a small side table.
A kitchen with dark grey cabinets, two black stools at a breakfast bar, and a white backsplash.
A spacious rooftop deck with bar seating, tables, and views of skyscrapers downtown.
A grand staircase with gold railings, white staircases, and a black metal door. Courtesy of Compass listing agent Patrick O’Dwyer Jr.

This Loop high-rise was built in 1930 and has been home to speakeasies and a radio station, according to the listing description. Now, it’s a luxury apartment building with a high-end event space, a Peloton bike studio, and an expansive rooftop sundeck. For $1,650 per month you can rent a tight studio, but you’ll also get all the perks of a high-end tower.


A living room with a cowhide rug, a blue couch, and a fiddle leaf fig next to a window.
A kitchen with an eat-in area and a large wall mural with hand mirrors, wooden figures, and a painted arch.
A three-flat brick building with a front staircase and a wooden door.
A backyard with a tree, a stone path, and an enclosed garage. Via Zillow

In Pilsen, this apartment comes fully furnished and decorated by its artist-tenant. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home is on the second floor and has access to a backyard with a plum tree. Nearby is Pilsen’s farmers market, Thalia Hall, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Rent this for $1,600 per month.

Albany Park

A brick apartment building with a tree out front with fall leaves.
A kitchen with dark wood cabinets, a window over the sink, and stainless steel appliances.
A large living room with lots of windows and a hardwood floor.
A new bathroom with a grey painted vanity, a marble-tiled shower, and grey walls. Via Zillow/Lynne Webley Irpino Group Inc.

A sunny second floor apartment in Albany Park comes with two bedrooms, a separate dining room, new kitchen cabinetry, built-in shelving. Living here, you’ll be near the nature trails and the North Branch of the river in the LaBagh Woods. It’s asking $1,600 per month.

West Ridge

A six-flat brick building with bay windows and diamond-patterened details at the top.
A living room with a decorative fireplace and an enclosed sun-room.
An all white bathroom with a penny-tile floor.
An expansive backyard with grass and tall trees. There is a brick garage with four white doors. Photos by VHT Studios

A large two-bedroom unit in West Ridge comes with original molding, an enclosed sun-room, a decorative brick fireplace, and a separate dining room. Plus, this building comes with a large backyard and sits on a quiet street. It’s also within walking distance of a Metra station, the Red Line, and a few major bus routes. This place is renting for $1,600 per month.


Which home would you rent?

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  • 14%
    Washington Park
    (134 votes)
  • 33%
    (317 votes)
  • 21%
    (203 votes)
  • 17%
    (168 votes)
  • 13%
    West Ridge
    (127 votes)
949 votes total Vote Now