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What $950 rents in Chicago right now

See apartments in Edgewater, Lincoln Park, and South Shore

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 $950. Vote for your favorite below.

South Shore

A kitchen with a granite countertop, stainless steel appliances, open shelving, and exposed brick.
A bedroom with hardwood floors, a large window, a closet with a sliding door, and a fan. Via Zillow

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 900 square feet
Cost: $925 per month
Details: This cozy South Side condo was just renovated by the owner—it has a sliding barn door, a separate bedroom with lots of storage, and a kitchen featuring exposed brick. You’ll be renting this unit directly from the owner which sometimes means more flexibility if you want to make improvements to the space that fit your style. At this location, you’ll be just a few blocks from Rainbow Beach and the lakefront.

Lincoln Park

A building entryway with marble walls and black mailboxes on the wall.
A bedroom with parquet wood floors and windows and a fan.
An image of a bedroom with parquet floor and large window. It has a closet with built in shelving and an en suite bathroom. Via Domu

Specs: Studio, 375 square feet
Cost: $920 per month
Details: If you’re heart is set on Lincoln Park, the you won’t get much square footage for a price point of $950. As far as tiny studios go, there are a lot of features to love: parquet floors, large closet with built-in storage, a bit of picture molding, and windows with a view. The biggest downside here is the kitchen—you’ll really need to learn how to maximize a small space.


A backyard of an apartment building with tall trees, grass, and flowers.
A view into the living room with a little gold light fixture and dark wooden doors. Via Zillow

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 750 square feet
Cost: $950 per month
Details: This Northwest Side apartment is the largest option on our list. It has decent square footage, a dining room, living room, a rear porch, and a green backyard. Plus, there are vintage details you won’t find in new apartments like a mini built-in arched shelf. The building also overlooks the neighborhood’s largest park which has tall trees, basketball courts, and a playground.


An exterior of a two-story brick building with a green door which has a small glass window and lace curtain.
An entryway with green walls and white doors which leads to the living room.
An image of a dining room table with three white chairs. There is a window and a refrigerator. Via Zillow

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $925 per month
Details: In one of the city’s most southern and historic neighborhoods, we’ve found this first floor unit. It has original oak floors, an eat-in kitchen, new cabinets, a spacious bedroom and plenty of natural light. Living here, you’ll be close to transit like the 111th/Pullman Metra station and Palmer Park which has a great fieldhouse and pool.


An exterior of a building with blue glazed brick and black geometric balconies.
A room with a small balcony, hardwood floors, and a sliding glass door. There is natural light and a kitchen out of frame. Via Crescent Drive Realty

Specs: Studio, 650 square feet
Cost: $925 per month
Details: Built in 1966, these apartments features a cool blue and white glazed brick exterior with geometric balcony railings. This unit has new hardwood floors, new cabinets, and new butcher block countertops. It has a good amount of space and gets lots of natural light. This apartment is ideal for those who want easy access to Lake Michigan and the very start of the Lakefront Trail.


Which apartment would you rent in Chicago?

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  • 17%
    South Shore
    (129 votes)
  • 25%
    Lincoln Park
    (190 votes)
  • 10%
    (82 votes)
  • 6%
    (48 votes)
  • 40%
    (304 votes)
753 votes total Vote Now