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What $2,200 rents in Chicago right now

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Options include Pilsen, Old Town, and Irving Park

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount in various Chicago ‘hoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $2,200. Vote for your favorite below.

Lincoln Square

A living room with a large bay window, brick fireplace, and hardwood floor. There is a yellow area rug and a couch.
A dining room with views into a kitchen and bedroom. Via Domu/Andrew Conn Winnemac Properties

Let’s start this list off with a three bedroom apartment in Lincoln Square. The 1,600-square-foot unit features a spacious living room with a fireplace, a separate dining room, and a kitchen with access to a patio. The courtyard-style building is near Winnemac Park which has a football field, tennis courts, a playground, and running paths. After a move-in fee of $300 and a $45 application, this unit rents for $2,195 per month.


A small open kitchen with a horizontal window. There is an island with two bar stools and open-shelving storage to the side.
A living room with grey and white walls. There is a grey couch and animal print rug on the hardwood floor. A large window has tree-top views. Via Zillow/Lawrence Dunning of Main Street Real Estate Group

This newly built unit in Pilsen comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The listing description boasts “condo-quality finishes” which is broker-speak for nicer countertops, appliances, and hardware. This unit comes with walk-in rain shower, waterfall-edge countertops, and a spacious double-sink vanity. There’s a pet fee of $250 and a $500 move-in fee, then its $2,200 per month.

Logan Square

A view of the kitchen with white cabinets, black hardware, and silver appliances.
A black and white bathroom with a small cabinet vanity, filigree-patterned tile, and a shower-tub combo.

Over in Logan Square, a renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is up for grabs. What’s ideal about this space is that it’s has split bedrooms—that just means each bedroom is located on separate ends of the layout versus a back-to-back lineup. It comes with new cabinets, large closets, and a refinished brick fireplace. This place has a move-in fee of $500 and a one-time pet fee of $250 (plus, an extra $25 per month). It’s renting for $2,200 per month.

Irving Park

An open kitchen with an island, white cabinets, a timber ceiling, and a brick accent wall.
An open living room with high ceilings, a fireplace, and brick walls. Via Zillow

A high-ceiling, 1,100-square-foot loft is available in Irving Park. This housing style is common in places like the South Loop and West Loop and it’s not hard to find similar homes in Irving Park. But in this neighborhood, you’ll get more bang for your buck. It features large bedrooms, tons of closet space, 14-foot ceilings, a fireplace, and access to a rooftop deck. It rents for $2,150 per month.

Old Town

A view of a studio/convertible unit with a divider wall separating the bedroom and living room.
A kitchen with wood cabinets, a granite countertop, and open shelving. Via Old Town Park

At the Old Town Park building, you’ll be able to rent a 620-square-foot studio for $2,185 per month. At this location and price point, renters will sacrifice space. However, the building offers an array of amenities: a pool and lounge deck, a spa with saunas and steam rooms, outdoor firepits, a basketball court, a game room, and a gym.


Which place would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Lincoln Square
    (130 votes)
  • 14%
    (100 votes)
  • 22%
    Logan Square
    (157 votes)
  • 21%
    Irving Park
    (147 votes)
  • 23%
    Old Town
    (164 votes)
698 votes total Vote Now