Chicago boasts one of the most expensive rental markets in the country. It's not at the tippity top, but it's up there. According to Rent Jungle, the average 1 bedroom apartment rents for $1,792 per month, and 2 bedrooms at $2,294 (as of February 2016). Of course, the closer you live to downtown, the more expensive, and you can find cheaper apartments in the outlying suburbs.
Lakeview: Bustling and lively, Lakeview is an incredibly accessible, fun neighborhood filled with endless bars and pubs, Wrigley Field, and live music venues. In addition, the Boys Town section of Lakeview is LGBT friendly, home to a colorful nightlife and dozens of independent shops.
Lincoln Park: Located along the north side of Chicago, Lincoln Park is a beautiful and affluent urban neighborhood. With easy access to parks, the Lincoln Park Zoo, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and major retailers, this area is a popular choice for families.
Logan Square: It's here where you can find a delicious cup of gourmet coffee, a classic cocktail bar or down-to-earth brewery, and a neighborhood farmer's market. Diversity, character, and urban green space tie it all together. You may find Logan Square to be more affordable than some of the other options here.
Rogers Park: Recently named one of Chicago's best neighborhoods, Rogers Park is one of Chicago's northernmost neighborhoods. It's rich in diversity and peppered with commercial districts, though it's not as vibrant or bustling compared to Lakeview and Lincoln Park.
Roscoe Village: Truly like a village within the big city, Roscoe Village has a delightful mix of young families and singles. Quiet but centrally located (and close to Wicker Park), the friendly north side neighborhood is both safe and gentrified, with plenty to do in walking distance.
Wicker Park: Hip, edgy, and gritty, Wicker Park made Forbes' list of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods, and for good reason. Live music is a main attraction here.