Chicago apartments

Hi guys. Hoping some Chicago guys can lend a hand.

I'm gonna be transitioning to a job around Wacker & Madison over the next few weeks. I would like to find a decent place to live that is walking distance, if possible.

What is the best way to go about finding an apartment in this location? Do I need to go through brokers (similar to NYC), or do the apartment buildings in Chicago typically have leasing offices that I should contact directly?

In addition, does anyone have any recommendations of decent apartment buildings in this area? I'm not too concerned with being close to bars - top priorities are paying under $1500 and being close to the office.

Thanks for the info

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Jun 6, 2013 - 2:28am

You could check out student housing in the loop. I think there's three in the area? Fornelli Hall (they never seem to pick up the phone for me :/), Buckingham is one I think & 2 East 8th...I think it's called 777 South State St. There's also the University Center, but that's super expensive I think. I don't know the rates for any of these places so check it out yourself...

I think 2 East 8th used to have horrible reviews, but a new management took over recently & people say they're good. I know 777 S. State does weekly rates. There are a lot of apartment buildings in the Gold Coast/River North area. You might have to find a sublease if the management doesn't do 3 month leases. I recommend the Gold Coast/River North area or the student housing at the loop if you want to be walking or 5 min train/bus ride distance.

Jun 6, 2013 - 7:39am

If you want to be able to walk, find a spot in the West Loop. Up and coming area, lots of top notch culinary spots. You can use rental agencies, but they generally get the seconds.

Use Craigslist to start and also search for larger residential complexes and call the leasing offices directly. There are several review sites that will give you ideas.

Jun 6, 2013 - 9:48am

peinvestor2012:

If you want to be able to walk, find a spot in the West Loop. Up and coming area, lots of top notch culinary spots. You can use rental agencies, but they generally get the seconds.

Use Craigslist to start and also search for larger residential complexes and call the leasing offices directly. There are several review sites that will give you ideas.

I will second West Loop if you want to be very close to work. Possibly River North/Gold Coast... peinvestor is right - just use craigslist. its easier to do it yourself in Chicago imo

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Jun 6, 2013 - 8:45am

I would recommend walking around and looking for for rent signs. Or use Craigslist, Zillow, or Truila.

The first time I was apartment hunting we had an agent help us, that was free of charge because they get a portion of the first months rent. But you should be able to find something in the 1,500 ballpark.

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Jun 6, 2013 - 11:30am

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But, check out River North Park (Orleans and Illinois)... lived there on the top floor (24th) for 3 years and loved it. It's a nice, short walk to the loop. I was paying $1,368 when I left 6 months ago... great courtyard area where they supply the grills, indoor pool & weight room, huge laundry room & dry-cleaning on site, free wi-fi and computers in the common area (and free coffee), etc... I had a convertible floorplan (basically, one bedroom without the walls, but 50% larger than a studio) and it was more than enough room for me.

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