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What $2,000 rents in Chicago right now

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Options include apartments in the West Loop, Uptown, and Oakland

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 $2,000. Vote for your favorite below.

River North

Via Domu

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 593 square feet
Cost: $2,005 per month with a $50 application fee and a $400 move-in fee
Details: The River North Park Apartments is a luxury building a few blocks from the Brown Line and Merchandise Mart. For a budget of around $2,000 you’ll be able to afford one of the smaller one-bedrooms or studios. The sacrifice in space comes with a range of amenities: 24-hour door staff, a fully landscaped, half-acre private deck, an indoor pool, and a gym.

Uptown

Via Domu, courtesy of Eight Eleven Uptown

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 715 square feet
Cost: $1,997 per month with a $65 application fee and a $500 move-in fee
Details: At this high-end apartment building in Uptown, this one-bedroom has a bit more space than the one in River North. Amenities are on the same level to boot: a 50,000-square-foot deck with a pool, a pet spa, an open air dog run, and a lounge with cabanas. Units come with 9-foot ceilings, in-unit laundry, and quartz countertops.

Douglas

Via Zillow, courtesy of Woodland Park by the Lake Apartments

Specs: Three bedroom, two bathroom, 1,450 square feet
Cost: $1,965 per month
Details: A collection of medium-sized apartment buildings make up this gated community near the lakefront. It’s right near the 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge which takes you straight to the Lakefront Trail and the 31st Street Beach. What’s great about this complex is that it has three acres of landscaped green space with botanical gardens, a new playground, and an off-leash dog park.

West Loop

Via Domu, courtesy of Circa 922 Apartments

Specs: Studio, 600 square feet
Cost: $1,895 per month with a $50 application fee and a $400 move-in fee
Details: This Washington Boulevard building will put you right in the middle of all the high-end Randolph Street restaurants and hotel rooftop bars. Residents will also be just two blocks from the Morgan Green Line station. Unlike many of the brand new buildings, this West Loop studio retains some of the neighborhood’s original character. Here you’ll find exposed brick, 12-foot ceilings, and private balconies.

Lakeview

Via Domu

Specs: Studio, 595 square feet
Cost: $1,950 per month with a $200 application fee and a $200 move-in fee
Details: This stylish studio makes the most of compact living—plus, the views are killer. This building comes with a 24-hour door staff, a gym, a huge rooftop pool, and a basketball court. If you take public transit, there are four bus stops right outside the entrance and a Red Line station a few blocks away. The owner recently renovated the condo’s kitchen with a new refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinets, and drawers.

Poll

Which home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    River North
    (127 votes)
  • 22%
    Uptown
    (133 votes)
  • 20%
    Douglas
    (118 votes)
  • 28%
    West Loop
    (164 votes)
  • 6%
    Lakeview
    (38 votes)
580 votes total Vote Now