This is the area most people are talking about when they say “downtown Chicago” — the second most important commercial district in the U.S. The Loop, Chicago’s central business district, houses brands like MillerCoors, Morningstar, Exelon Corporation, Morton Salt, and dozens more companies that add up to more than a quarter of Chicago’s job market. For the less business-minded, the North Loop also has two main widely renowned features: The Willis Tower and Millennium Park. Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the U.S.’s second-tallest building — second to the One World Trade Center in NYC — at 108 stories. Millennium Park is where you’ll find Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (aka “that iconic mirrored bean sculpture”) as well as the incredible Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which is actually classified as a work of art. Naturally, the neighborhood is also exploding with culture: the Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Theater District are all in The Loop.
Although it’s a predominantly business-driven area, there are several rental options in The Loop. However, living in one of the world’s centers for culture and commerce comes at a price, with some monthly rents topping $12,000. Fortunately, they mainly range from $2,000 to $3,000, and are readily available year-round.
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If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.
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Welcome to the January 2021 Chicago Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the January 2021 key findings and figures for the Chicago rental landscape.
Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Chicago and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Chicago rent prices in the chart below.
Chicago rent prices decreased over the last month. From December to January, the city experienced a -1.34% decrease for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,697.0.
When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from December to January, Chicago experienced a -0.3% decrease for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,979.0.
Rent prices have decreased in Chicago over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 3 of the Chicago suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 3 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.
More key findings include:
Rent increased in Naperville, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, Schaumburg, IL .
Rent decreased in Oak Park, IL, Evanston, IL, Lombard, IL.
2 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Chicago.
4 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Chicago.
Rent growth in Chicago over the past year has been declining. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Chicago rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.
The price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.
You can view the full rundown of Rentable's January 2021 National Apartment Report and data set here.
For more information about Chicago and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.
|1 BR January||1 BR M/M % Change||2 BR January||2 BR M/M % Change|
|Oak Park, IL||$1,101.0||-0.27%||$1,609.0||0.63%|
|Hoffman Estates, IL||$1,340.0||0.75%||$1,555.0||0.65%|
Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.