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Old 07-28-2010, 11:57 AM
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We're thinking of moving to Chicago within the next 6 months (for a good job opportunity). We'd like to rent for a couple of years and want to spend in the ballpark of 1,700 to 2,000. Lower is welcome (though unlikely) and a bit higher is ok if the place is right. Need about 1200 sq.ft, 2 bedrooms, and would like to be in a very nice, (relatively) safe area with things to do and nice streets to walk (for example, near Michigan Ave., the lake, etc). Is the wish list realistic for the price range?? Don't know much about the residential in the area, so trying to get a better feel for what our options are if we choose Chicago. Thanks everyone.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yes. See below.

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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Default For real, Gold Coast? 1200 sq ft for $2000...

There are lots of nice areas in Chicago itself. Plenty have good walkable neighborhood things to do / see / eat etc. Even in such areas the thought of getting a 1200 sq ft unit is a CHALLENGE, and paying under $2000 for one in the Gold Coast is not likely at all...

Maybe shift your focus to other areas of the city that are still a pleasant commute from North Michicgan Ave, or dial down your size dreams to something about half of what you've stated, but realize that Chicago is a pretty large area with dozens of desirable areas...
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Assuming you had used Michigan Ave as an example, and are aware there other walkable streets in Chicago, you will find a nice 2 br in that price range.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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Default 1200 sg ft is a VERY LARGE unit...

Even in a newer building a bit off the beaten path space == $$$.

Chicago is not as expensive, as a whole, as NYC or other places, but when the OP says "walk on Michigan Ave" that is VERY pricey real estate. A two bedroom is going to be a premium and the size they mention is flat out not going to happen at that price...
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:09 PM
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Ok, so apparently $2,000 doesn't work for a 2b in walking distance to Michigan Ave.... but what are the other areas to look into, specifically?
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ok, so apparently $2,000 doesn't work for a 2b in walking distance to Michigan Ave.... but what are the other areas to look into, specifically?
Its not that 2k can't get you a 2br in that area, just that it likely won't get you a 1200 sq ft 2br in that area.

You can look into just about every nice neighborhood in the city at that price range (Lincoln Park/Lakeview/Wicker Park/Bucktown/South Loop/West Loop/Old Town/Lincoln Sq/etc)
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