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What $1,700 rents in Chicago right now

Check out apartments in Ravenswood, Lakeview, and Humboldt 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 $1,700. Vote for your favorite below.

Logan Square

Via Domu

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 558 square feet
Cost: $1,699 per month
Details: If living alone in a new building right near the L is a non-negotiable situation, then you’ll have to let go of a dreamy spacious apartment. This tiny unit is packs amenities like in-unit laundry, bike storage, a fitness center, and dry cleaning service. This apartment is just a few blocks from the Western Blue Line station and all the restaurants at Armitage and Western avenues.

North Center

Photos by VHT Studios

Specs: Three bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,695 per month
Details: In this neighborhood you’ll be able to get a bit more space in this classic brick courtyard building. This building type lets in lots of sunlight and typically has larger floor plans. There’s a small back deck and the third bedroom has double doors so it might make a good office. In this unit, there’s fresh paint, refinished floors, and a new bathroom.


Via Domu

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,665 per month
Details: Here’s a third-floor walk-up with lots of charm right near the Southport Brown Line station. This top floor unit features a separate dining room and living room which is hard to find with a one bedroom. Plus, there are lovely built-ins that provide a ton of storage the kitchen hallway and bedroom.

Hyde Park

Via Zillow

Specs: Two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,136 square feet
Cost: $1,675 per month
Details: This apartment complex has rehabbed units to have open floor plans, large bedrooms, and hardwood floors. For around $1,700 renters will be able to afford a spacious two-bedroom with granite countertops, a petite brick balcony, and in-unit laundry. What’s great about living here is that it’s only a few blocks from both Washington Park and University of Chicago.


Via Domu/Ravenswood Terrace

Specs: Studio
Cost: $1,675 per month
Details: At Ravenswood Terrace Apartments you could get one of the larger studios for just under $1,700 and for about $100 more a one-bedroom unit. This neighborhood is extremely walkable and transit-friendly. There’s a grocery store just a few blocks from the building and both Metra and CTA stations are an easy walk, too. The perks include a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, a dog run, and vegetable garden. Units come with granite countertops, new appliances, and a private balcony.


Which home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Logan Square
    (163 votes)
  • 18%
    North Center
    (141 votes)
  • 20%
    (155 votes)
  • 12%
    Hyde Park
    (95 votes)
  • 25%
    (192 votes)
746 votes total Vote Now