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What $900 rents in Chicago right now

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Options include homes in Old Town, Irving Park, and Pilsen

A photo shows kitchen and living room with bright windows, a white couch, an island with grey cabinets, and a dining room table.
Common Racine Apartments in Pilsen.
Photos by Common Racine, via Domu.

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, $900. Vote for your favorite below!

Irving Park

A brick and stone building with ornate window details and carvings.
A living room with panel molding, two windows, and a ceiling fan.
A view of the kitchen with tile flooring, white cabinets, a refrigerator, and a small white stove. Via Domu

Let’s kick things off with a one bedroom, one bathroom unit in Irving Park. This gorgeous brick building has an ornate stone carved doorway and cute Moorish details above the exterior windows. Inside, the apartment has pale pink walls, a deep front closet, vintage cabinets, and a kitchen that can be closed off with a glass pane door. It’s renting for $925 per month.

Rogers Park

A view of the courtyard with a fountain, landscaping, and yellow brick.
A view of the living room with hardwood floors and three large windows. Via Domu

In Rogers Park, a beautiful yellow brick courtyard building has a one bedroom, one bathroom for rent. In this tiny apartment, there are lots of windows, even one in the compact kitchen. You’ll sacrifice space, but be close to public transit, live on a quiet street, and within walking distance of Loyola Park beach. This is a steal renting for $975.

Old Town

The living room has a small couch, an illustration of Chicago buildings, a patio, and hardwood floors.
The kitchen features wood cabinets, tile floors, stainless steel appliances, and a backsplash window. Via Domu

On a budget but still want to live close to downtown? Rent out this room in this five-bedroom, two-bathroom Old Town townhouse. You’ll get a lot more space, there’s a total of 1,600 square feet over three levels, but you’ll have to share with four other roommates. Rent it for just $900.


A photo shows kitchen and living room with bright windows, a white couch, an island with grey cabinets, and a dining room table.
A kitchen with white cabinets, black metal light fixtures, a large white island, and two framed photos.
A bedroom with a bed, a night stand, a bathroom, and the door is ajar. Photos by Common Racine, via Domu

These coliving apartments come fully furnished and expenses like wifi, weekly cleaning, laundry, and utilities are all included the rent. Plus, the building comes with a home theater, bar, and gym. Even though you’ll be living in a shared house, each tenant will have a private room. There are a few “studios” renting for under a $1,000—this one is $965.


The entrance to the building’s courtyard which reads: Wilmington.
There is a hardwood floor, a large closet, a kitchen under an arched entryway.
There are wood cabinets, a white range and fridge, and tile flooring. Photos courtesy of Pangea Real Estate

Along Drexel Boulevard, there’s a 500-square-foot one bedroom and one bathroom unit available. There’s a separate kitchen, new hardwood floors, and a carpeted bedroom. Plus, the 122-unit building features a beautiful courtyard and ornate stone column architectural details. Have an apartment all to yourself—rent this for $990.


What home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Irving Park
    (232 votes)
  • 19%
    Rogers Park
    (173 votes)
  • 7%
    Old Town
    (68 votes)
  • 36%
    (328 votes)
  • 10%
    (92 votes)
893 votes total Vote Now