Studio apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

600 studio apartments in Chicago, IL

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Studio Apartments: The Minimalist’s Apartment

Studio apartments come in all shapes and sizes, though maybe with more emphasis on different shapes. When it comes to size, you expect it to be on the smaller side of things because that’s what you are looking for: a studio.

So, what is a studio apartment? A studio apartment is generally a two room apartment where one room comprises the bedroom, living room, and kitchen and the second room is the bathroom. The majority of studio apartments within larger complexes have their utilities included and come with a space heater instead of central A/C. Kitchens vary between studio to studio and sometimes the only kitchen amenities included are sinks while others vary between having a condensed kitchenette and a others a full kitchen, so be sure to clarify what you’re getting. Also, many studio apartments come furnished with a bed, television, and dressers.

Studio apartments are great for a number of reasons. If you are a student trying to cut costs while going to college, you are probably going to seriously consider renting a studio apartment at some point. It’s doubtful you’ll ever need a full kitchen when top ramen and mac and cheese go so well with Sriracha anyway. Since many studios are month-to-month and some are even weekly, they are great for those new to an area that unsure where to begin when looking for longer-term apartments for rent. And of course, if you just need a cheap apartment for rent, a studio apartment is one of your best options.

Varieties in Studio Apartments for rent:

When it comes to rental living, studio apartments are one of the oddballs that can exist in many different scenarios. Sometimes you’ll find a Craigslist ad with a studio in someone’s basement, other times they are just another option in a traditional apartment complex. Sometimes you’ll find historic hotels that have turned their rooms into studio apartments for rent or in places like New York City or San Francisco, you’ll find a studio the size of a hallway and you will feel like the luckiest person on earth.

As one would expect, the name “studio apartment” differs all over the world while referring to the same basic thing, but here some fun facts about studios in other countries:

  • In Brazil, the term “studio” is used for modern appeal since it is an English term
  • In Singapore, “studio apartments” are specifically marketed to senior citizens
  • In Japan, “one room mansion” is the term commonly referred to their even smaller-sized studio apartments

Using RentLingo to find studio apartments for rent:

Finding your next studio apartment for rent is easy when using RentLingo as your apartment finder. We’ve compiled the best studio apartments in your area for you to choose from. With our apartment ratings and reviews, you have access to professional and unbiased insight on the pros and cons of the apartment you are looking at, what the neighborhood is like and whether other factors such as whether the property is pet-friendly or not, what type of amenities it has, apartment pictures, floor plans, if all bills are paid by the property management and more. Good luck with your apartment search!

User reviews for apartments in Chicago, Illinois
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews
unknown user
Stanford, University of Auckland, The Boston Consulting Group, Amazon
Great location
Convenient to lots of ammenities near by. Great for hosting guests given proximity to Michigan Avenue. Condos @ 405 N Wabash are a little dated in general but offers great views. Also convenient groceries and good options in the building.
unknown user
Northwestern
cobbler square
great loft apartments, nearby red line and supermarket, benchmark, pour house, second city, north avenue beach, walking distance to river north. what more can you ask for?
unknown user
Old Town
This area is the north part of Old Town, which is a very walkable neighborhood with great restaurants and bars as well as fantastic proximity to Lincoln Park and the lakefront. Not as ritzy as Gold Coast and not as crazy as Wrigleyville, but a convenient and popular spot for young professionals.
unknown user
Michigan
Sheffield and Diversey
Great area. El is a 2 minute walk away. Easy access to the bars on Lincoln and in Wrigleyville (which is particularly convenient for cubs games in the summer). Only downside was that it was difficult to get to the highway (Diversey can be difficult during high traffic hours)
unknown user
Stanford, Michigan, Bain & Company
Delaware & Wabash
Love the area. Really accessible to River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Loop. Great bars nearby (check out The Drawing Room), and good food/grocery options. Close to public transport (red line) as well. The only problem is it's tough to find affordable rent, but if you do, you should strongly consider it.
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Japan Society of SD & Tijuana
Living Near a major intersection of Lincoln
I highly recommend living near a major intersection of Lincoln. Restaurants and bars galore and always close to mass transportation... these major intersections tend to become the gateways to major festivals, etc.
unknown user
Stanford
Great Neighborhood!
This place was two blocks away from the L--great for commute time! It was also a block away from Division which has a host of great bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Good boutique shopping.
review user
UVA, Capgemini
Lincoln Park Gym
"If you're looking for a gym in Sheffield Neighbors or Lincoln Park, check out the DePaul gym. It is reasonably priced and they have nice facilities. (Non-students are welcome)"
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UVA, Capgemini
Ranch Triangle Shopping
Can be super convenient, but watch out for traffic on the weekends and at rush hour.
review user
UVA, Capgemini
Lincoln Ave Bars
The bars here can be fun for football games, but they can also be annoyingly loud / crowded when you are trying to avoid them.
review user
UVA, Capgemini
City Grounds
City Grounds is a great local coffee shop for studying / reading.
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UVA, Capgemini
Oz Park
Here is a great protected area of Oz Park. Perfect for a picnic or reading in the park.
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UVA, Capgemini
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of my favorite places in Chicago. It is a great place to lazily roam around with friends.
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UVA, Capgemini
Green City Market
The Green City Farmer's Market is here every Wednesday and Saturday. It is great for grabbing a quick bite or some fresh produce Saturday morning.
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