The Best Apartment Deals in Chicago's "Unsung Hero" Neighborhoods

The most popular neighborhoods that apartment renters search on Domu are fantastic places to look for apartments because they tend to offer a good mixture of neighborhood amenities such as parks and green space, fine restaurants, and other arts or cultural destinations. But renters who set out to find the best apartment deals may want to extend the boundaries of their apartment search just outside these perennially popular neighborhoods. The apartments on the periphery of a very happening neighborhood often represent the best savings while still offering easy access to those highlights mentioned above. These neighborhoods around Chicago may not have the same name recognition as the most popular places on Domu, but they’re rich with deals during the peak apartment listing season.

Browse the best apartment deals on the boundaries of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods

Browsing Lakeview apartments? Try Hamlin Park for a better price.

kitchen and living room of Hamlin Park apartment for rent in Chicago

The median rental price for a 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of bustling Lakeview is $2,100. Active rentals in the Hamlin Park neighborhood, on the other hand, range between $1,300 to $2,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment. Hamlin Park shouldn’t be overlooked, boasting a sizable city park (also the neighborhood’s namesake) and new trails sprouting up along the banks of the North Branch of the Chicago River. 

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kitchen with reclaimed wood accents in Hamlin Park 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Chicago

Hamlin Park 2 bedroom under $2K

This Hamlin Park 2 bedroom apartment has in-unit laundry to make laundry days less of a chore. The accents throughout the apartment are made from reclaimed wood and there’s exposed brick for a bit of added character. Getting sunshine won’t be an issue as renters at this Hamlin Park home can access a rooftop deck and a spacious backyard patio area.

Checking out the trendy West Loop? Explore Tri-Taylor for deals at the West Loop’s doorstep.

a green velvet sofa in the living room of Tri-Taylor apartment for rent in Chicago

The Tri-Taylor neighborhood is a sure bet for any renters who need to commute to classes at either the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus or if they’re making rounds at the medical campus. The UIC medical center, Rush University, Stroger Hospital and historic Cook County Hospital are all found in this neighborhood that’s a bit adjacent to the West Loop. And the rents are a welcome relief for renters who find the ascendant West Loop out of their price range: rents for a 2 bedroom apartment in Tri-Taylor cap out at $1,900 while still offering easy commutes to the major medical centers and the CTA Blue and Pink lines have stations within walking distance of Tri-Taylor apartments. 

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stairwell leading to door of 2 bedroom coach house for rent in Tri-Taylor Chicago

Tri-Taylor 2 bedroom Coach House for $1,400

A whole charming coach house just minutes away from the Loop! Yes, this Tri-Taylor coach house for rent is one of those rare finds that lets renters bump up their living space without venturing far away from the center of all the action. 

Longing for Logan Square? Head over to Humboldt Park for apartment bargains.

living room with leather sofa next to updated kitchen with large kitchen island and white bar stools in single family home for rent in Humboldt Park

Renters have been flocking to Logan Square over the last decade. But the extra attention hasn’t gone unnoticed among apartment landlords looking to maximize their rental income: The median rental price for a 2 bedroom apartment in Logan Square is around $2,000 per month in spring of 2020. Compare that with the $1,800 median rental price in neighboring Humboldt Park, and it’s clear that Humboldt is a better place to find bargains for just as much apartment space. And there’s plenty to appreciate in this near west side neighborhood, whether it’s the sprawling park that gives the neighborhood its name or the restaurants serving up some of the city’s finest dishes derived from Puerto Rican recipes, like mofongo and lechón.

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garden with patio furniture and chrome BBQ grill amid green plants in 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park 2 bedroom $1,700

This Humboldt Park 2 bedroom apartment for rent has room for a much-needed home office. The updated kitchen and bathroom also help make it quite livable. Renters will find a great outdoor space in back for BBQs or just appreciating the glorious Chicago summer. This Humboldt Park home is also near the 606 trail and it isn’t too far from CTA Blue line stations either.

Scoping out the South Loop? Price-conscious renters can find better deals in Printer’s Row.

kitchen and dining area of loft apartment for rent in Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago

The South Loop has been inundated with a fresh supply of new apartments, including a 76-story behemoth that’s Chicago’s tallest rental apartment building. But renters would be wise to explore their options in Printer’s Row if they want South Loop sights without elevated prices. The pocket of Chicago south of the financial district at Jackson/LaSalle but north of Roosevelt Road is home to many fantastic loft apartments. The predominant industry in this historic neighborhood was -- you guessed it -- printing and bookbinding so there are plenty of former warehouses and factories in Printer’s Row that were converted to cool, artsy loft-style homes.

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exterior of brick apartment building in Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago

Printer’s Row 3 bedroom $2,700

Printer’s Row sits between the Loop and South Loop, where rents for spacious apartments easily exceed $3,000, but not this 3 bedroom place! This pet friendly unit is close to public transit, shops and restaurants.