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5 Chicago apartments with the best backyards and gardens

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A hidden garden with a pond, a wild backyard, and a green oasis

Welcome to a round up of apartments featuring beautiful gardens, landscaped backyards, and outdoor spaces we flat out wish were ours. As the temperatures increase and greenery pushes up, perhaps some of these apartments will provide inspiration for your own space. Whether you have a yard, back porch, or just a window sill there’s no question a little flora makes our living space feel a bit more lively. Vote for your favorite below.

Wicker Park

Photos via Jane Wenger/Zillow

Specs: Two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,300 square feet
Cost: $2,850 per month
Selling points: This top floor unit in a three-flat facing Wicker Park has high ceilings, decorative molding, and tons of windows to let in natural light. The kitchen and bathroom are both undergoing a renovation so they’ll be completely refreshed. At this home, you’ll get to benefit from not one, but two lush gardens. The one in the rear has a lily pond with fish, a brick paved patio, and grills.


Photos via Jean Alan/Zillow

Specs: Two bedroom, one bathroom
Cost: $1,995 per month
Selling points: This unit has lovely wood trim and dark cabinetry that’s much more inviting than many of the stark white, cookie cutter rehabs across the city. The kitchen even has an original built-in hutch that was thoughtfully restored. This apartment also features an enclosed sunroom—a perfect place to test out your green thumb. However, the “park-like urban garden and courtyard,” is why we love this property. It’s the ideal outdoor retreat.

Logan Square

Photos via Kale Realty/Zillow

Specs: Two bedroom, two bathroom, 1,100 square feet
Cost: $2,000 per month
Selling points: This is a garden apartment we can get behind. If you aren’t familiar, garden units are a euphemism for basement or lower level units which are partially below ground and have small windows. This one happens to be tastefully upgraded—and it actually comes with a beautiful backyard space. Another perk? It’s listed as a completely furnished sublet that you can extend into a new lease.

Old Town

Photos via Rob Crowder/Zillow

Specs: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,300 square feet
Cost: $3,400 per month
Selling points: Looking for something a little more wild? This overgrown garden with flowers, vines, and veggies is perfect. It’s accompanied by a large paved patio, too. While tenants share this space, each unit comes with its own back patio space. If a three bedroom isn’t a fit, there’s a two-bedroom available in the complex, too.

Roscoe Village

Photos via Betty J. Bauer/Zillow

Specs: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Cost: $1,700 per month
Selling points: Near the North Branch, this neighborhood is already known for having access to great green spaces. So, an apartment with tree top views and a landscaped yard is just the cherry on top. The unit features a maple hardwood floor, an original Victorian fireplace, and a built-in glass hutch. The huge yard is 50 by 50 feet and comes with landscaped floral gardens that changes through the summer. There’s room for you to plant your own veggie bed too, the listing description says. Plain and simple, it’s an “oasis” ideal anyone who needs to be outside—whether your reading a book or hosting a cookout.


Which apartment would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Wicker Park
    (98 votes)
  • 14%
    (45 votes)
  • 11%
    Logan Square
    (35 votes)
  • 19%
    Old Town
    (61 votes)
  • 24%
    Roscoe Village
    (78 votes)
317 votes total Vote Now