Chicago

Welcome to Chicago — The Windy City. Chicago is the heart of the Midwest — chock full of history, culture, industry and charm. Not to mention the deep dish Chicago pizza. Chicago is waiting for you.

City Overview

Home to 2.7 million people, Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Located between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, Chicago developed as a major Midwestern trading center and the city’s economy remains strong to this day. Chicago is home to many world-class universities, including Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Chicago is also famous for its music scene and its food. It’s also a great city for travelers, O’Hare airport is a major international hub.

Arts

There are some truly amazing art museums in Chicago. You’ll definitely want to visit the Art Institute of Chicago — this huge museum has more than 300,000 artworks from all over the world. The Museum of Contemporary Art is the place to go for modern art fans, it regularly hosts traveling exhibits. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly day out, try the Shedd Aquarium. Performing arts fans will be pleased too, the City of Chicago has tons of theaters and musical venues — you can even see plays in Polish and Lithuanian in this diverse city. The Chicago Festival Ballet regularly performs in Harris theater in Millennium Park. Live music is an integral part of Chicago’s culture. Key genres in the city include Chicago Blues, Chicago Soul, Chicago Jazz, and Chicago gospel. The EDM, industrial, and hip-hop scenes are also popular.

Business

Chicago is an economic powerhouse — it has the third largest GMP (gross metropolitan product) in the United States — $630 billion. Moreover, Chicago’s economy is extremely diversified so there’s opportunity here for everyone. Chicago has the third largest science engineering workforce in the country. Chicago is also a major world financial center and is home to major exchanges such as the Chicago Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board Options exchange. There are 66 Fortune 1000 companies in Chicago. The greater Chicago Metropolitan Area contains over 4 million workers, making it the third largest labor pool in the United States. In addition to finance, manufacturing, printing, and food processing are also major industries in Chicago. The top employers in Chicago are the U.S. government, Chicago Public Schools, The City of Chicago, Cook County, and Advocate Health.

Cuisine

Deep-dish pizza is perhaps the most famous Chicago dish, and newcomers to the city just have to try it — Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a great place to start. Chicago style hot dogs are famous too and can be found at George’s Hot Dogs and Red Hot Ranch. Pizza and hot dogs are great, but of course sometimes the occasion calls for something a bit more upscale — luckily Chicago has tons of fine dining options. Vermillion, W. Hubbard Street serves the best latin-asian fusion in Illinois. According to Zagat, the top 5 restaurants in Chicago are Les Nomades, Smoque BBQ, Aveq Restaurant, Next Restaurant, and Topolabampo.

Climate

They call it The Windy City for a reason — winds can be very high here and winters are cold and snowy. Summers can be quite hot in Chicago with 21 days of 90+ degree weather each summer.

Demographics

Chicago is a very diverse city. The population is 32% African-American, 31% White, 28% Hispanic, 5.5.% Asian and 13% other. Chicago also has one of the biggest Eastern European populations in the United States, there are sizable Polish, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian communities here.

Historical

Chicago is one of America’s most historic cities. Railroad enthusiasts can visit Union Station to see what American railways looked liked in days gone by. The Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869, was (perhaps unsurprisingly) one of the few structures to survive the great fire of 1871, and its unique architecture is worth checking out. Architecture enthusiasts will also want to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and Home.

Landmarks

Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Wrigley Field (see the cubs play here), The Magnificent Mile, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis Tower, Chicago Cultural Center, Holy Cross Cathedral, Buckingham Fountain, University of Chicago, Tribune Tower, Navy Pier.

Nightlife

Whether you like dancing, drinking, or singing karaoke Chicago’s nightlife has something for you. Beer aficionados can’t miss the Chicago Beer Experience — a great brewery tour of the whole city. Smart Bar regularly hosts awesome DJs from all over the world and features a state of the art sound system. Night Owls will also want to check out Primary, a nightclub with house, electro, and dubstep. When it gets really late, head over to the Mid, this joint is open until 4 am. Looking for a great live show in an intimate venue? Then The Empty Bottle on Northwestern Avenue might be the place for you — they also have cheap drinks here.

Transportation

Public transportation in Chicago is easily accessible in the form of trains and buses. The L line serves 140 stations throughout the metropolitan area. Biking is another popular transportation option. Street traffic can be rough in Chicago, so it’s best to avoid using a car if you can.

Finding Apartments For Rent in Chicago

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Chicago Neighborhoods

Near North Side

The northernmost part of downtown Chicago — the Near North Side has a more residential feel than the rest of downtown. Plenty of high rise apartments for rent here in addition to houses and high-rises. Be sure to walk down the Magnificent Mile, and then recharge at with a bite to eat at Bohemian House — the Near North sides chicest Central European eatery.

Loop

Loop is Chicago’s main cultural hub — home to the Chicago Cultural Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. You can see the Chicago River, Lollapalooza, and the Willis Tower (sorry Sears) here. State street is the Loop’s number one retail destination. You can find any chain store you can imagine here, in addition to unique options like Akira shoes. Millennium Park is located in Loop as well, making it a great neighborhood for pet owners. Apartments in Loop for rent are among Chicago’s more expensive.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago — so there are lots of student apartments for rent in this neighborhood. The Museum of Science and Industry is located here, as well as several beaches. Hyde Park offers plenty of ways to blow off steam after a hard week of studying — students and professors enjoy The Woodlawn Tap, known for its cheap burgers and beer.

Lakeview

This family-friendly neighborhood is located right near Wrigley field, so it’s easy to catch a Cubs game here. Lakeview is also home to one of Chicago’s best-known acting troupes — the iO. When Lakeview Locals get hungry, they head town to Halstead’s Bar and Grill for dinner and drinks. Check out great apartments in Lakeview for rent.

Near West Side

The Near West Side boasts tons of classic Chicago attractions — including the United Center (home of the Chicago Bulls) Little Italy, and Greektown. There are unique shopping options in the Near West Side — the Chicago French Market offers all sorts of specialty and artisan goods. Apartments in the Near West Side are great for young professionals and for graduate students, in fact, 12% percent of North West Side Residents are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Lincoln Park

This iconic and vibrant Chicago neighborhood has something to offer for everyone. Nature lovers will enjoy the park itself, which offers an admission free zoo. There’s also plenty of shopping, bars, and coffee joints in this hood. Swing by The Bagelers Coffee house for breakfast and a delicious French roast. Apartments for rent in Lincoln Park are more affordable than other areas of Chicago, making it a great choice for young professionals.

South Loop

This fast growing neighborhood is home to some of Chicago’s top museums and attractions. Many of the buildings here are made of brick, great for those who enjoy an authentic feel. South Loop is popular with young professionals searching for apartments for rent, and there’s lots of cool stuff to do here. Acadia on Wabash Ave has some of the best cocktails in Chicago.

West Town

This conveniently located residential neighborhood has everything you need and is a great choice for families. Be sure to check out the cool murals on West Hubbard street. You can find all kinds of apartments in West Town, in addition to townhouses, and other properties for rent. You can also check out some cool churches and museums in the Ukrainian Village.

Uptown

Uptown is one of Chicago’s more hipster hoods. The Aragon Ballroom, one of Chicago’s coolest concert venues, is located here. History buffs will want to check out the Green Mill — a real mob speakeasy where Al Capone used to dine. Uptown is right on Lake Michigan, so it’s a great place for those who enjoy water recreation. You can find studio apartments for rent here, and also high-rises with spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

Logan Square

Logan is the craft beer capital of Chicago, The Hopwell Brewing Company and the Radler have tons of taps and tasty pub fare. Logan is a big hit with young professionals. You can see the Illinois Centennial monument here. Apartments for rent in Logan Square are fairly affordable.

Rogers Park

Right on Lake Michigan with miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s also not far from Loyola University, making it a good place for students to find apartments for rent. Rogers Park is a popular neighborhood with music lovers and there are some great venues here. The Red Line Tap on North Glenwood Avenue offers games, booze, and epic live music. Studio apartments in Rogers Park for rent start around $800.