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What $1,700 rents in Chicago right now

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Find out what this price will get you in five neighborhoods

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.

Grand Boulevard

Specs: Two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms
Cost: $1,750 per month
Details: To start off this list, we’ve got a garden apartment in Grand Boulevard. The four-unit property has a chef-quality kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops, and a large breakfast bar island. Typically garden units don’t get a lot of natural light and have low ceilings because they’re on the lowest level, but fortunately this one went through a full gut rehab that brings in a fresh feel.


Photos courtesy of Fulton Grace Realty

Specs: Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,000 square feet
Cost: $1,720 per month
Details: Here we’ve got a beautiful courtyard apartment building—lovely red brick and lots of natural light. The apartment features hardwood floors, a living room with large windows, and kitchen with cute checkered tiles. Living here, you’ll be close to all the shops, restaurants, and cafes on Southport Avenue.


Photos courtesy of Upshore Chapter Apartments

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,472 to $2,295 per month for a one-bedroom unit
Details: At these renovated apartments in Uptown, you’ll get the best of both worlds—a modern aesthetic and the historic neighborhood. Luxury apartments here features huge windows, smart-lock doors, walk-in closets, and in-unit laundry. Plus, the building offers a rooftop lounge and fitness center.

Fulton Market

Photos courtesy of K2 Apartments

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 515 square feet
Cost: $1,707 per month
Details: If you’re looking for a place near downtown, K2 Apartments are right on the edge of River West and Fulton Market. This new unit comes with an open layout, sweeping views of the city, and even a small private balcony. There’s also amenities for pet owners like a doggie spa and outdoor dog run.

Arcadia Terrace

Specs: Two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,100 square feet
Cost: $1,675 per month
Details: This apartment is great for those who need to be in nature—it’s right in the middle of the woodsy part of North Branch, Mather Park, and the West Ridge Nature Preserve. The unit recently had its hardwood floors refinished and a new kitchen installed with glossy blue cabinets. Rent includes heat, laundry is free, and there’s a garage spot available for an extra $50 per month.


Which home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Grand Boulevard
    (76 votes)
  • 7%
    (58 votes)
  • 29%
    (224 votes)
  • 36%
    Fulton Market
    (276 votes)
  • 15%
    Arcadia Terrace
    (116 votes)
750 votes total Vote Now