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What $1,700 rents in Chicago right now

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Options include a spacious place in Albany Park and a courtyard condo in Buena 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.

Buena Park

A bedroom with a large pink patterned carpet, thee windows, and an upholstered bed frame.
A balcony with two chairs, a table, and planters. It overlooks the building’s courtyard.
A living room with a view to the entryway, a couch, a large window with sheer curtains, and a closet with bookshelves. Via Domu

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,700 per month with a $50 application fee, $1,700 security deposit
Details: This pet-friendly condo in a courtyard building has lots of natural light, hardwood floors, and a small balcony. It comes furnished with a queen bed, sofa, desk, and kitchenware. All utilities are included, and it’s close to both the Wilson and Sheridan Red Line stations.

Logan Square

An open kitchen and living room with a small sofa, grey cabinets, and a large floor-to-ceiling window.
A bedroom with a separating wall. There is art above the bed. Via Domu/MiCA Apartments

Specs: Studio
Cost: $1,795 per month with a $50 application fee and $400 move-in fee
Details: Built in 2016, the MiCA residential towers include a landscaped rooftop deck with fire pits, a 24-hour gym, and a Colectivo Coffee shop on the first floor. Each unit has hardwood floors, exposed concrete, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Gold Coast

A bird’s eye view of the large apartment building. It has brick and a teal roof.
A view of the living room and kitchen. There are large windows, hardwood, and French doors which go to the eat-in area.
A view of the bedroom with a radiator, two windows, and hardwood floors.

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,675 per month with a $50 application fee and a$300 move-in fee
Details: At this price point in the Gold Coast, you’re more likely to find a studio, but this is a true one-bedroom with a separate dining area off the kitchen. There are French doors, 9-foot ceilings, picture molding, and three large closets.

Albany Park

A large kitchen with a huge island, shaker cabinets, and a window looking out to the deck.
A view of the dining room and living room. There is dark hardwood floor and large windows.
A view of the backyard with grass, a garage, and a wood fence. Photos by VHT Studios

Specs: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Cost: $1,700 per month with an $85 application fee and $1,700 security deposit
Details: This spacious, 1,000-square-foot apartment is brand new and comes with a grassy backyard. It has Restoration Hardware light fixtures, a built-in hutch with leaded glass doors, a huge island in the kitchen, and oak hardwood floors. It’s also just a five-minute walk from the Kimball Brown Line station.


A living room with a side sunroom. There is a brick fireplace and two shelves framing it.
One of the bedrooms with two closets, a window, and hardwood floors. Via Domu

Specs: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Cost: $1,695 per month with a $40 application fee and a $600 move-in fee
Details: In a 6-unit building this 1,300-square-foot apartment comes with hardwood floors, a decorative fireplace, and an enclosed porch. This top floor unit has a newly renovated kitchen and bathroom, too. It’s close to the Green Mill, Sun Wah BBQ, and the Argyle Red Line station.


What would you rent for $1,700?

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  • 7%
    Buena Park
    (78 votes)
  • 19%
    Logan Square
    (203 votes)
  • 17%
    Gold Coast
    (180 votes)
  • 31%
    Albany Park
    (321 votes)
  • 23%
    (235 votes)
1017 votes total Vote Now