Domu is the only website dedicated to helping Chicago residents find apartments worthy of calling home.
Domu was founded in 2010 by two brothers who had grown up in Chicago rental apartments. Their goal: to share their deep knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods via a well-designed, straightforward search engine, all in the service of helping renters find places that feel right.
Before Domu, Chicagoans turned to the Reader, a local paper with extensive but disorganized classifieds. Searching for apartments was tedious, listings were not up-to-date or always accurate, and renters felt beleaguered by the process.
We started Domu to provide a safe-haven for renters. We believe that when it comes to finding a place to call home, the process should be simple and intuitive. On Domu, the listings on the site are real and up-to-date. The search experience is clear, uncluttered, and elegant. Communication with landlords is direct. And Domu’s Chicago-specific resources are available to guide you through lease negotiations. Unlike the sites that are free to landlords, there are no bait-and-switch tactics or scams on Domu. We recognize that you are searching with a purpose, and we want to help you move from searching to finding as quickly as possible.
We also believe that all Chicagoans should have a place to call home. We are proud supporters of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and their work to advocate for the human right to housing.