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Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 1:11 pm
by chrisc
Okay! Sorry to post here again! I've lived here two years and don't understand how to find an apartment somehow. I'm attempting to "get my shit together" and am starting to search for an apartment again. I'm in my early thirties and keep finding craigslist roommate situations with people in their early twenties and it's just never a good match. Good thing is I have month to month rent.

I'm trying to stay under $700 after bills. I have wiggle room. I bumped my craigslist search to $200 over my budget and am still not really finding anything. I get the vibe that finding an affordable apartment is word of mouth? Is there a better place to look than craigslist? I don't have a ton of free time but I'm doing my best to go around looking at signs.

Is Hunter Properties cool? I see that stuff very often, it seems affordable, but is giving me bad vibes.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 6:52 am
by 154
At this point, with that budget in the northside you're probably looking at further northwest neighborhoods. Jeff Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park, etc. Maybe Edison Park, but some of those 'almost-suburbs' have the effect of driving the price back up a bit. Nice, quiet neighborhoods with access to the blue line & Metra but certainly not "cool".

I have no internet search advice but craigslist has really taken a shit in other ways in the last 5-ish years. I used to find musical collaborators, jobs, apartments there. That all seems laughable looking through there now.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 8:02 pm
by jimmy two hands
chrisc wrote:Okay! Sorry to post here again! I've lived here two years and don't understand how to find an apartment somehow. I'm attempting to "get my shit together" and am starting to search for an apartment again. I'm in my early thirties and keep finding craigslist roommate situations with people in their early twenties and it's just never a good match. Good thing is I have month to month rent.

I'm trying to stay under $700 after bills. I have wiggle room. I bumped my craigslist search to $200 over my budget and am still not really finding anything. I get the vibe that finding an affordable apartment is word of mouth? Is there a better place to look than craigslist? I don't have a ton of free time but I'm doing my best to go around looking at signs.

Is Hunter Properties cool? I see that stuff very often, it seems affordable, but is giving me bad vibes.

Non-FM Jonny Kosmos found a studio apartment in Albany Park/Mayfair for $700 back in February. They're few and far between but you can find stuff in your price range up here on the northwest side like 154 says. If you're still looking for a place in September/October, hit me up, I may have an opening in my building around that time.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 3:09 pm
by El Protoolio
The best apartments I found were always by walking around the hood I wanted to live in or was already living in (other than a few months near Logan Square I never left Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village for 10 years) and answering posted For Rent signs. No criagslist, no ApartmentPeople, no bullshit. Just you and the landlord to deal with.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 4:02 pm
by Tommy
Try this: https://www.padmapper.com/

It gets data from several sources, Craigslist included.

No advice on roommate finding.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:44 pm
by noise&light
I just messaged you about a place that you might want to jump on!

Good luck!

chrisc wrote:Okay! Sorry to post here again! I've lived here two years and don't understand how to find an apartment somehow. I'm attempting to "get my shit together" and am starting to search for an apartment again. I'm in my early thirties and keep finding craigslist roommate situations with people in their early twenties and it's just never a good match. Good thing is I have month to month rent.

I'm trying to stay under $700 after bills. I have wiggle room. I bumped my craigslist search to $200 over my budget and am still not really finding anything. I get the vibe that finding an affordable apartment is word of mouth? Is there a better place to look than craigslist? I don't have a ton of free time but I'm doing my best to go around looking at signs.

Is Hunter Properties cool? I see that stuff very often, it seems affordable, but is giving me bad vibes.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:17 pm
by jimmy two hands
Ok, hey! We have an apartment in the garden unit of our building for rent, which we just renovated with a brand new kitchen and nice things like a dishwasher and LED light fixtures, in beautiful sunny Albany Park!

Here is a link to the info: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N-Sp ... 5424_zpid/

If having me as your landlord sounds appealing to you, you can PM me or respond to the ad.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:56 pm
by KrisPoulin
I'd like to alert the fine folks of the PRF about an apartment rental that also would include access to a home/semi-pro recording studio.

The building owner and I built the studio in 2005 and, after I moved away from Chicago, the partnership grew to include a third person. This third person has recently moved out. Ideally, we can find an interested recording engineer/musician to live in the apartment and join the partnership. (I still return a few times a year to record there.)

The studio is fairly small, but just large enough to record a 4-piece band simultaneously and is well soundproofed, though you will hear some of what's going on in the studio from the apartment.

The apartment is 2 bedroom/1 bathroom. Rent is $1000/Month. Cats are allowed and dogs are a maybe.

The building is in the Logan Square neighborhood, right around the Armitage & Kimball intersection.

The landlord is not a member of this forum, but is a damn fine human nonetheless.

Please PM me for more info/details.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:59 am
by jimmy two hands
jimmy two hands wrote:Ok, hey! We have an apartment in the garden unit of our building for rent, which we just renovated with a brand new kitchen and nice things like a dishwasher and LED light fixtures, in beautiful sunny Albany Park!

Here is a link to the info: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N-Sp ... 5424_zpid/

If having me as your landlord sounds appealing to you, you can PM me or respond to the ad.


Ok friends, our garden unit is up for rent again, available starting the first of December. The link up above isn’t active, so shoot me a pm and I can give you the details. It’ll be listed in the next few days but I’m letting people here know first.

Re: Looking for an apartment in Chicago

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:56 pm
by jimmy two hands
jimmy two hands wrote:
jimmy two hands wrote:Ok, hey! We have an apartment in the garden unit of our building for rent, which we just renovated with a brand new kitchen and nice things like a dishwasher and LED light fixtures, in beautiful sunny Albany Park!

Here is a link to the info: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N-Sp ... 5424_zpid/

If having me as your landlord sounds appealing to you, you can PM me or respond to the ad.


Ok friends, our garden unit is up for rent again, available starting the first of December. The link up above isn’t active, so shoot me a pm and I can give you the details. It’ll be listed in the next few days but I’m letting people here know first.


Our tenant decided to stay on for another couple months, so the place is gonna go up in spring, probably April or may.