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Chicago

Your guide to finding an apartment in the Windy City.

Welcome to Chicagoland - with a metro area that encompasses nearly 10 million residents, this Midwest locale that plays host to more than 50 million visitors each year has plenty for you to see and do. Chicago is home to a myriad of music, arts, museums, and attractions - all of which you can view from the top of the former Sears Tower, or from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Parks, universities, medical centers, and more, Chicago's got it - so come and check it out!


As the third-largest city in the United States, this Midwestern locale has two major airports, and it is the main freight rail hub in the country. It also operates the second-largest public transportation system in the U.S., just behind New York. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, film, novels, theatre, and music. The city also offers pro sports teams in all of the major categories. In addition, it is the home to a number of highly ranked colleges and universities, including Northwestern, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago. Things to do in Chicago are literally endless. From seeing the city lights, taking a stroll out along Navy Pier, visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, or taking in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field - Chicago has it all. Want to experience Chicago from the water? Not a problem. There are numerous boat tours available all year round, too. From shoreline sightseeing to taking a sailing charter, Lake Michigan provides the water lover with wind, waves, and miles and miles of sandy beaches to enjoy. Even just taking a stroll up and down Michigan Avenue can be a thrill. Known as the Magnificent Mile, this walk offers a number of landmarks and points of interest along the way. And, if you need a minute to just catch your breath, feel free to hop on (or off) the Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. This will take you to Chicago's most popular locations - any time of year.


What to do in Chicago

Chicago offers so much to do that planning your days off can sometimes be challenging if you want to take it all in. But, in order to help keep you on track, you can take one of the city's numerous guided tours, day trips, or sightseeing adventures. Just some of these include a downtown architecture walking tour, a Lincoln Park day trip, a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, or even one of the famed Chicago Gangster tours. If you're more into museums, there are plenty of those to choose from, including the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Adler Planetarium of Astronomy Museum. Being on the shores of one of the Great Lakes, you can also enjoy a variety of waterfront activities, starting with Navy Pier. And, you won't go home empty handed, thanks to the plethora of shopping that's available along Michigan Avenue, the Oak Street Boutiques, and the suburban outlet malls. Hungry? You won't be for very long. That's because Chicago is fast becoming one of the country's top dining destinations. Here in the Second City, you can choose anything from a great tasting hot dog or a Chicago-style pizza to fine dining and romantic restaurants to suit your specific occasion.


How to Get Around in Chicago

For such an expansive city, Chicago is somewhat easy to find your way around - but only after you've become familiar with your bearings. The city offers numerous public transportation options, starting with its elevated train system, or better known simply as the "L". In fact, the Chicago Transit Authority, or CTA, not only covers the City of Chicago, but also 40 surrounding suburbs - and it operates 24/7 around the clock. In addition, the city also has roughly 2,000 buses that carry about 1 million passengers where they need to go on a daily basis. There is also a commuter rail line known as Metra that typically runs during rush hour. This transport system has about 200 stations, and it runs primarily between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. If you're more into staying physically fit - or if you live closer to your place of employment - there are thousands of commuters who walk or ride their bikes to and from work every day. Bicycles are permitted on CTA buses during all operating hours, and also on CTA trains every weekday between certain hours.&&&The city also offers a wide variety of water shuttles in and around Lake Michigan, as well as tourist taxis that allow visitors and residents alike to get a better feel for what Chicago has to offer.


What it's like to live in Chicago

Chicago can be a great place to live, work, and to just have fun. It provides all of the amenities that a big city has to offer - plus the added benefit of one of the Great Lakes right at your doorstep. One of the very first things that you are likely to notice about Chicago is that it is an extremely passionate about its sports. Whether you're a fan of the football Bears, the baseball Cubs or White Sox, the basketball Bulls, or the hockey Blackhawks - you need to be sure to get your jersey of choice (or all of the above) and prepare to cheer on the team. While Chicago is an extremely busy city and a major metro area, it is also still a Midwest location - and because of that, it can provide affordable housing in some very economically sound communities. This makes it an attractive place to live for many people who have come from all over the world and call Chicago home.


Where to find apartments in Chicago

There are neighborhoods located directly in downtown Chicago, as well as on the outskirts of the city proper in which to find an apartment. Prior to signing on the dotted line, though, it is best to do a bit of research in order to determine a location and a neighborhood of choice for your specific requirements. Whether you are renting a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment in Chicago, it is generally protocol that you put down a security deposit, as well as the first month's rent. In addition, it is also likely that you will be required to provide proof from your employer that you have steady income in an amount that is about what will be owed in monthly rent, as well as proof that your income is stable. Your credit history should also be good. Typically, at least one or two credit references will also be needed. For finding just the right apartment in Chicago, there are a few factors that you will want to consider. For example, do you want to be near Lake Michigan? Any particular attractions? Do you want or need to be near an "L" station - or will you have a car? If you do own a vehicle, will you also require a place to park it each night? This is important, as parking can be at a premium - especially if you are interested in living in or around the downtown Chicago area. You will also want to think about what type of features you want to have inside the actual apartment unit. For instance, how many bedrooms and bathrooms will you require? Do you want or need to have in-unit laundry facilities, or are you willing to pay a little less in rent but do your laundry elsewhere? Once you have worked out all the details, you should be ready to move forward with searching for the perfect apartment unit.


Neighborhoods in Chicago

Chicago is known as being a city of neighborhoods. Each one has its own unique personality. While there are over 200 different unique neighborhoods in Chicago, some of the most popular of these include:

Andersonville


The Andersonville neighborhood is one of the Chicago area's most charming - offering a ton of great shopping, along with various low-key bars and excellent restaurants. In fact, the culinary scene here is incredibly diverse. The Swedish American Museum is also located here in Andersonville. This area also plays host to annual events such as the Midsommarfest.

Bucktown/Wicker Park


Back in the 1980s, this unique area started to evolve as an artistic community - and that is what it is still known as today. The lower rents that can be found here, along with its close proximity to the downtown Chicago area, make it an ideal spot for both artists and musicians alike. Today, some of the homes in this area are starting to be rehabbed, so you may find some high dollar converted lofts scattered among the smaller housing offerings.

Gold Coast/Old Town


Situated between North Avenue south to Chicago Ave, and from LaSalle Ave to Lake Michigan, this area can provide its residents with absolutely amazing views of the lake. Here you can find some older homes, along with higher priced condos. Locals will frequently shop on Oak Street, where you will find merchants along the lines of Gucci and Versace, as well as a nice smattering of four- and five-star restaurants to dine in.

Hyde Park


Just a few short miles from the famous Chicago Loop on Chicago's South Side is the Hyde Park neighborhood. This area is where you will find the University of Chicago. One of the more famous residents to hail from Hyde Park is President Barack Obama.

Lincoln Park/Lakeview


The Lincoln Park / Lakeview area is known as being a place that offers a nice array of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife - all within close range. It is also a wonderful area for both young singles, as well as young families, as it offers a great school system. This area provides convenience in terms of getting to and from restaurants, shops, and other locations of interest on foot - which is a plus, because parking spaces here are at a premium.

River North


Although at one time the River North area was not an ideal place to reside, throughout the years, artists, photographers, and other creatives have come in and essentially transformed the area into one of the biggest concentrations of art galleries in the entire nation. Along with that, the surrounding area has become an ideal residential neighborhood.

Roscoe Village


Roscoe Village is more like a small community of young families. Here, you will often see parents pushing their children in a stroller along the sidewalks, past restaurants and shops, or down the tree-lined streets past the cute frame homes. There are also a nice array of boutiques and antique shops that round out this general location.

South Loop


If you're looking for more of a high rise living situation, then South Loop may be just the place to be. South Loop offers close proximity to downtown Chicago and to Lake Michigan. Residents here can walk to a wide array of restaurants and shops, as well as to public transport outlets.

Streeterville


Just a few short blocks from Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue, Streeterville is considered to be a more established area of the city. It is also thought to offer residents some of the most supreme apartment space available. Here, you will find some of the taller high rise buildings in the entire city - providing absolutely spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and the lake. Many of these buildings offer underground parking, in-unit laundry, athletic facilities, attached movie theatres, and other prime amenities.

West Loop


Formerly considered to be a warehouse district, West Loop is today an area that features contemporary lofts and midrises. Many of the buildings that are here are in the five to seven story range. There are two parks in the immediate vicinity, as well as the monthly Randolph Street flea market - which is a huge draw for those who love to collect unique items and antiques.

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