I'm headed to Chicago in the fall, and I am just now beginning to research apartments. Are there any general recommendations or helpful resources that folks know about?
I have a wife who will be staying at home with our infant son, so I am definitely looking for someplace safe and comfortable. We are most likely looking for a 2 bedroom 1 bath, and, if possible, we would like to keep our total rent (base rent + utilities + parking fees) under 1600.
The only building I have looked into much already is Regent's Park. It is a bit above our price range, and the talk of noisy renovations makes me nervous since my wife will be home with the baby a good bit.
Thank you in advance for your help!
I would look into TLC managment - they've got a number of great buildings that are decently priced. I've lived in one for the past two years and it's the best I've lived in in six years of Hyde Park residence.
The UChicago craigslist equivalent is marketplace.uchicago.edu (and to a lesser degree, apartments.uchicago.edu) - independent brokers will post places and it's a very mixed bag. During undergrad I lived in a super nice condo I found on there, but had to look at 30 places ranging from decent to crappy before I found it.
There's also McKey and Poague, which is on the cheaper end but generally has good places. They are very old school and will drive you around to look at apartments; not even sure they have a website.
I'm hesitant to recommend MAC property management even though they're by far the biggest landlord in the area. They had a very bad reputation among undergrads for not repairing places, trying to take peoples' deposits, or denying they received rent. I've heard they've improved and a number of people at the law school live in the Shoreland, East Park Tower, or the Del Prado. I get the sense they have a separate customer service system for their nice buildings, but their nice buildings are even more expensive than regents.
PM me if you'd like any more specific help - x location vs y location, etc.