Looking for cheap Chicago apartments? Start looking here. There are several popular neighborhoods including Uptown, Portage Park, Pilsen, Avondale, and Rogers Park in Chicago. But take a look around and see the wide range of neighborhoods, unit types and buildings that have cheap apartments right now.
The Chicago neighborhoods that contain the most affordable apartments on Domu tend to be located on the NW side, SW side, or far north side of the city. To name a few examples, the neighborhoods of Portage Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Rogers Park, North Lawndale, Pilsen, and Avondale tend to rank among the most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago. For more guidance on how much renters should be spending on their apartment, they can always consult the rent calculator for a better idea of the rental range that won't overstretch a budget.
Despite being a little bit outside the core downtown area of Chicago, these neighborhoods with more cheap apartments can still feel very warm and inviting. The affordability of places in Chicago doesn’t necessarily detract from a neighborhood’s walkability or curb appeal. Many vintage apartments are among the most affordable in the city and these older buildings exude a good deal of charm. Brick construction with glazed terra cotta accents and details is a common form factor for many of Chicago’s affordable apartments. The proliferation of radiator heat is another element that, while certainly vintage in appearance, presents a cost-saving measure to renters in Chicago. Free heat keeps the apartment rent down and limits out-of-pocket expenses during the winter, which tends to last a while in Chicago. Many neighborhoods in Chicago have free street parking (although residents must remember to purchase their city vehicle sticker to avoid tickets) which can help limit expenses for renters who own a car.