Free Rent Deals in Chicago Right Now

by Caroline Hetzel

Our favorite pairing? A perfect apartment and complimentary rent, of course. Now's the time to score a free-rent deal in Chicago if you're apartment hunting. Lucky you, some real big deals have just arrived on the scene. Several of our favorite buildings in the city are rolling out the red carpet with special offers.

Better yet, you could have the chance to LIVE RENT-FREE FOR ALL OF 2024 if you rent a unit in the apartments listed below. Rent and move in to one of these buildings now through December 15, 2023, and you could have the Best. Year. Ever. without paying rent. How will you celebrate a year of no rent payments?

Now presenting, the best apartment deals in Chicago right now—and the chance to forget about rent for a year. Go ahead and find your next dream apartment.

1111 North Dearborn Apartments in the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Chicago apartment with floor to ceiling windows

Studios-3 beds from $1,863/mo | up to one month free on select apartments

1111 N Dearborn Apartments in Chicago's Gold Coast is an upscale apartment complex conveniently located close to the lakefront, Michigan Avenue, and the best beaches in the city. The building boasts a range of amenities including a rooftop pool with two sundecks, panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, a fitness center, health food store, covered secure parking, and door staff. Floor plans include studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows, individually controlled AC and heat, modern kitchens and bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, and walk-in closets. The building is situated near a variety of businesses, including Foxtrot Market, Glossier Chicago, Urban Outfitters, and milk + honey spa. There are also plenty of world-class dining options within walking distance, such as Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Tavern on Rush, Maple & Ash, Velvet Taco, Devereaux, and Somerset.

450 West Melrose Apartments in Lakeview

Open living room with separate dining area in Lakeview apartment for rent in Chicago

1 bed from $1,582/mo | get a $600 free rent concession on select apartments

This stunning one-bedroom apartment is just steps away from Lake Michigan and the beautiful Lakefront Trail, perfect for those who love outdoor activities and scenic views. Enjoy a delicious meal or grab a coffee at nearby popular spots like Wake 'n Bacon, Stan's Donuts & Coffee, Ceres' Table, and Intelligentsia Coffee. 

100 West Chestnut Apartments in the Gold Coast

Modern Gold Coast apartment for rent with spacious living room

1-2 beds from $1,887/mo | get up to one month free on select apartments

The Apartments at 100 West Chestnut in Chicago's Gold Coast offers a luxury living experience with amenities like an indoor pool and hot tub, extra storage space, an on-site gym, sundeck, and secure parking. Floor plans include convertibles (junior one bedrooms), one bedrooms, and two bedrooms. Each apartment for rent boasts separate dining rooms, modern kitchens and bathrooms, spacious walk-in closets, and great windows that bring in tons of natural light. The Chicago Red and Brown line stops are a short walk away allowing for easy exploration in and around Downtown Chicago. Within the neighborhood, residents enjoy visiting Washington Square Park, Headquarters Beercade, Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse, and many other fantastic attractions.  

536 West Addison Apartments in Lakeview

Dining area in an apartment for rent in Lakeview with an eat-in kitchen

Studios-1 beds from $1,258/mo | get up to $300 in free rent on select apartments

Want a spacious apartment near Lake Michigan and an abundance of popular restaurants in Chicago? Look no further than the apartments at 536 W Addison. With generously sized closets, hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light, these apartments for rent in Lakeview combine comfort and style. Nearby restaurants and cafes include Wake ‘n Bakery, ROCKS Lakeview, Ann Sather, and Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar.

55 West Chestnut Apartments in the Gold Coast

Apartment living room with large windows in Gold Coast Chicago

1 beds from $1,829/mo | up to one month free on select apartments

55 W. Chestnut Apartments sits between two of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, River North and the Gold Coast. Immerse yourself in the unbeatable art and cultural institutions within walking distance like the Museum of Modern Art, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and the art gallery district of River North. Available floor plans include spacious one-bedroom apartments with modern kitchens, separate dining areas, plank flooring, individually controlled heat and air, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, and incredible views of the Chicago skyline. Desirable amenities include a private sundeck, secure door staff, covered parking, and more. Don't miss out on the excellent restaurants, cafes, and bars nearby like Foxtrot, Chicago Winery, Seuol Taco, Etta, Bistronomic, and Big Shoulders Coffee.

1000 North LaSalle Apartments in River North

Luxury Chicago apartment living room with dining area

Studios-2 beds from $1,550/mo | up to one month free on select apartments

Looking for a cat and dog-friendly apartments in the Gold Coast? Check out the luxury apartments for rent at 1000 N LaSalle. Better yet, the building doesn't charge extra pet fees! The high-rise apartment building in the Gold Coast offers fantastic amenities like a rooftop sundeck, fitness room, private dog park, covered parking, and more. Seriously, this is a dog lover's paradise because the spacious dog park at 1000 N LaSalle is one of the best in the Gold Coast. Apartment features include king size bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern kitchens, and beautiful city views.

350 West Oakdale Apartments in Lakeview

Lakeview apartment for rent at 350 W Oakdale

Studio-1 bed from $1,499/mo | up to $600 in free rent on select apartments

The high-rise apartments at 350 W Oakdale feature plenty of mid-century style and a fabulous Lakeview location. Take advantage of convenient amenities like parking, bike storage, a fitness center, personal storage, and a business center at 350 W Oakdale Apartments. These Chicago apartments for rent sit less than a block from the lakefront and Belmont Harbor.

750 North Rush Apartments in River North

Gold Coast apartments for rent at 750 N Rush in Chicago

1-3 beds from $2,170/mo | up to one month in free rent on select apartments

On the corner of Rush and Chicago, 750 N Rush Apartments is located just south of the Gold Coast in River North. Live steps from Lake Michigan, Oak Street Beach, and all of the hottest restaurants, bars, and shopping destinations in Downtown Chicago. Commuting around the city couldn't be easier with the Red Line, Metra, buses, and other L lines all around you. Floor plans include one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent featuring designer flooring, separate dining areas, in-unit laundry, breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, and more. Amenities include secure door staff, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and sundeck, covered parking, and everything else you could want. 

1120 North LaSalle Apartments in Old Town

Gold Coast and Old Town apartments for rent at 1120 N LaSalle in Chicago

Studio-2 beds from $1,756/mo | up to half a month in free rent on select apartments

Apartments for rent in the Gold Coast and Old Town can be found at 1120 North LaSalle where the two neighborhoods meet. The premium location provides a quiet residential side that's only steps away from a vibrant city scene. Large studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms offer designer plank flooring, king-size bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and unbeatable views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Building amenities include door staff, an outdoor pool and sundeck, personal storage, covered parking, and much more. Locals enjoy visiting Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Happy Camper Pizza, Gold Coast Social, Sparrow, and many other fantastic restaurants and bars in the neighborhood.

500 West Belmont Apartments in Lakeview

Open living room with separate dining area in Lakeview apartment for rent in Chicago

Studios-1 Beds from $1,499/mo | ask about specials + get the chance to live rent free for 2024 (see details above)

Located on a fantastic street off of Lake Shore Drive, this nine-story elevator building will bring you within walking distance of the best grocery stores, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants Lakeview has to offer. The lakefront couldn't be any closer. Nearby businesses include Unabridged Bookstore, JuiceRx, Ceres' Table, DryHop Brewers, and Intelligentsia Coffee.

Special offers are subject to change. Please contact each listing for details.  

*LIVE RENT-FREE WITH PPM: Rules and restrictions apply. Contact the PPM management office for details. Excludes 1330 Dearborn St. Maximum monthly concession is $2,000.