Chicago is known for its burgeoning job market, amazing pizza and, yes, being the windy city. But this booming city is also known to have a little something for everyone, including 77 neighborhoods, each with its own history and character.
So, when it comes time to find a place to live, locals and transplants alike may find it difficult to choose the best place to call home. We've rounded up the most popular apartments in Chicago based on internet searches to help make your decision a bit easier.
If you're looking for affordable living in the city of Chicago, this is the place. Park Apartments features two vintage courtyard 1920s buildings in the historic Washington Park neighborhood near the University of Chicago.
The buildings, which don't allow pets, offer studio through four-bedroom accommodations, with off-street parking options. It's also close to The Metra and near I-90, so quick access to the rest of the city is easy.
Just off the Chicago River, Lofts at River East is a luxury apartment building full of amenities with prime water views just off Navy Pier. With a well-appointed fitness center and massive roof deck, you can live in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city.
But you can still feel like you're getting away to some serenity with a walk to nearby Polk Bros. Milton Lee Olive parks. They offer studio through three-bedroom apartments with modern furnishings and exposed brick.
Wave Lakeview is a newly renovated apartment building in the hip, exciting Boystown neighborhood. Each apartment features stunning city views, stainless steel appliances and modern cabinets.
Residents can enjoy a fitness center, 30th-floor indoor pool, a lounge and parking. Located in the Case Building, Wave Lakeview is right in the heart of the city, so residents can walk to the nearby lake shore and to many restaurant and shopping options.
Sayre Residences is a one- and two-bedroom apartment building located on the western edge of Chicago off Highway 43. The units feature hardwood floors, a balcony and an in-unit washer/dryer.
The apartments are in a quiet part of Montclare neighborhood, so driving is a must if you need to get around. However, the community is close to River Forest and Oak Park and is only minutes away from downtown Chicago O'Hare International airport.
Park Boulevard Apartments is a beautiful building located within a mile of White Sox ballpark Guaranteed Rate Field in the Park Boulevard neighborhood. If you're looking for a great apartment without the downtown prices, this is the place to go.
Offering one- and two-bedroom apartments, Park Boulevard puts you right in an up-and-coming neighborhood with lots to do.
Only a couple decades ago, the South Loop was a tangle of train tracks and broken-down industrial yards. Now, AMLI 900 sits in one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city.
Offering studio to three-bedroom apartments, AMLI 900 has an amazing roof deck with gorgeous views of downtown Chicago. The building is also within walking distance of Grant Park and Monroe Harbor. Additionally, shopping and entertainment is at your fingertips with everything else the city has to offer just a Metra ride away.
SKY55 is the ideal luxury apartment featuring one- and two-bedroom spaces with modern amenities. It's also located close to the famous Chicago museum campus with easy access to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Soldier Field and the lakefront.
5860 N Kenmore Avenue sits near the north edge of the city just a couple blocks from The Chicago Lakefront, which is considered one of the city's brightest gems.
Residents have access to many miles of beautiful beaches and trails running down the whole length of the city. The building is also located close to the Red Line, giving residents quick access to the rest of the city.
Scio at The Medical District sits in the middle of the Illinois Medical District, home to some of the most notable hospitals in Illinois. The building offers studio to two-bedroom apartments with a balcony and hard-surface flooring.
Scio at The Medical District is also just north of Taylor Street, which includes a strip of great restaurants and shops that runs all the way east to Lake Michigan.
The Maynard offers one-bedroom apartments with dark wood floors and gas stoves. It's located in the Rogers Park neighborhood, both the farthest north neighborhood in Chicago and the most diverse. It's also close to Wrigleyville, so amazing pizza, drink and ample nightlife are just minutes away.
The Seville Apartments is a beautiful example of an old-style Chicago apartment building with new-style amenities. The Seville features studio and one-bedroom accommodations in East Rogers Park, which is considered the most diverse neighborhood in the city.
It's also near Loyola University of Chicago and the Metra red line. This, combined with ample restaurants and activities nearby, provides residents with plenty to do.
2950 North Sheridan brings you high-rise, luxury living in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. From studio to three-bedroom apartments, you'll get excellent amenities from roof decks to fitness centers.
Nearby you'll find beautiful parks, museums, the Lincoln Park Zoo and fantastic restaurants. Check out the beautiful view of the lake, downtown and the rest of the city.
The Residences at NewCity is a new development, featuring studio to two-bedroom apartments south of Lincoln Park. This pet-friendly luxury apartment building offers breathtaking skyline views and has tons of amenities from in-kitchen islands to a pool and a fitness center.
It's also smack dab in the center of lots of shopping and dining options, including an Arc Light Cinemas, a Yard House and Dick's Sporting Goods. It's also just a mile from Lake Michigan, so water activities are nearby.
Only blocks from Lake Michigan, Astor House is south of Lincoln Park and close to North Avenue Beach. With the famous Magnificent Mile a couple blocks away, you'll never run out of things to do.
The accommodations include one and two bedrooms with dark hardwood floors, modern amenities and stunning views of the city at higher-than-average price points.
If you want city living without the city price, 7465 S. South Shore Dr. is the place for you. It's right on Lake Michigan next to Rainbow Beach Park and near the South Shore cultural center.
The apartments include studio to two bedrooms with on-site laundry facilities and parking available for a fee. The building is pet-friendly, but only allows cats.
Farwell Apartments offers recently renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments in the middle of the Rogers Park neighborhood. The units come with gas ranges, light hardwood floors and on-site laundry.
Pets are not allowed, but residents are just blocks from the waterfront, a Metra Morse Station and ample entertainment and dining options.
Dearborn Plaza Apartments is located in Chicago's famous Gold Coast and offer only studio apartments in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago. If you don't need much space, this is an inexpensive way to live right in the middle of all the action.
It has laundry on site and a bike room, so you can get around the city without a car. Plus, this location is just a few blocks away from Michigan Avenue shops and ample dining and entertainment options.
New Evergreen Sedgwick Apartments is a hidden gem in the newly redeveloped neighborhood of Old Town. The building offers studio to three-bedroom spaces with partially-paid utilities and the ability to do a short-term lease.
Residents are close to the waterfront, plenty of shopping and easy access to the Sedgwick Brown Line Station
People often overlook the south side of Chicago when apartment hunting, but you can get great apartments for affordable rates while enjoying city living. The 1240 West 87th Street Apartments features studio and one-bedroom units with laundry facilities on site. Pets are also welcome.
The building is also close to the RI Rock Island Metra line, so getting around town is a breeze.
535 W Cornelia feature newly renovated studio, one-, three- and four-bedroom apartments with stainless steel appliances.
Residents can walk pretty much anywhere, as the building is in the Lakeview East neighborhood steps away from Belmont Harbor and only blocks away from Wrigley Field. Ample restaurant and shopping options and Lincoln Park is also nearby.
The waterfront Elaine Place Apartments is just a stone's throw from Wrigley Field in the middle of the Wrigleyville. Even better, these one- to three-bedroom spaces offer stunning city views and feature exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, in-unit washer/dryers and stainless steel appliances. Pets are welcome and gas and water are included.
Part of the Chicago affordable housing program, Evergreen Tower II is a tax-credited luxury apartment for seniors 55 years and older.
It has newly updated units and a great location in Old Town near Dominick's Shopping Center and just several blocks away from the Sedgwick Brown and Purple Line. There may be a waiting list, so get on this right away.
In the south side of Chicago, Prairie Shores Apartments is literally steps away from the 31st Street beach. This large apartment complex includes one- to three-bedroom spaces with updated appliances.
Amenities include a fitness center and community lounge. Residents are also near Soldier Field and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The Pavilion is a large apartment complex in Norwood Park, the farthest northwest neighborhood in Chicago. The building offers studio to two-bedroom apartments and three- and four-bedroom penthouses in spacious floor plans.
Eat-in kitchens, large closets and controlled-access entry are provided. The Pavilion even has a two-story fitness center, tennis courts, a business center and outdoor pool. Additionally, a large park and the Rosemont Theatre are nearby.
Located in South Side Chicago, The Pershing is within earshot of Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. Its affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments feature hardwood floors and allow pets. Residents are also close to I-90, providing quick access to anywhere by car.
We looked at all organic entrances from April 2018 to April 2019 to rental property inventory listed on Apartment Guide to determine which properties with a Chicago mailing address are most searched by people on the internet. The information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice, availability or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.