Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?
Ive registered already! The link is on the ASW(ebsite)
I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!
PS Congrats everyone
Thank you so much for offering to help!! I've seen a few good deals in gold coast on pad mapper...what would you say is a good price range for a studio, one bedroom, or split two bedroom? Also, are there any apt complexes that should be avoided at all costs ?
This was 3+ years ago but I think it still holds - most high rises will give you first month free (and you can negotiate to get this at the ones that don't advertise this offer). I lived in a 2 bedroom/2 bath + huge closets at this place - http://www.apartments.com/rent/Chicago- ... /100984.25
- and my roommate and I paid $2,200 in total (AC & Heat included). The apartment isn't 'super' luxury but it was really nice & super convenient to everything downtown - we were also on the 19th floor, I'm sure it's cheaper if you're on the lower floors. The building also had free continental breakfast, fitness gym (small & kind of crappy), indoor pool & roof deck (great in the summer). I think you can find a nice 2 bedroom in Gold Coast from around 1,800-2,400 (the higher price range should definitely have 2 bathrooms). For 1 bedroom, I think you should be able to find a nice bldg anywhere from 1,100-1,800 (for the higher number, you should have utilities included & really
great views). This is high rises only & in Gold Coast - the nice part about this neighborhood is that you can find cheaper apartments that are still really great. I feel like everything in Streeterville is just a bit more expensive.
Also, if you look in River North, you might find something a bit cheaper than Gold Coast/Streeterville. If you want something even cheaper but still nice, look in Wrigley/Lincoln Park. If you're not moving until August, there is probably no point in looking until at least April - prices will change (summer apts are usually more expensive because of the higher demand). Not sure where you live now, but the nice part about Chicago is that you usually don't pay a broker's fee - it is covered by the other side.
Also, I only ever used craigslist - i think it works pretty well in Chicago!