5 Chicago Neighborhoods With Under The Average Rents

Chicago is ranked as the ninth most expensive city to live in. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable apartments to be found in the city. Here are some affordable neighborhoods that have rent prices below the city average of $1,967.

Here are 5 Chicago neighborhoods with under the average rents


Average Rent: $1314

The neighborhood currently is home to more Irish-style pubs than any other in Chicago. Is that a property value booster?



Average Rent: $1269

Edgewater contains several beaches that residents enjoy in the late spring, summer, and early autumn. Chicago’s largest park, Lincoln Park, stretches south from Edgewater for seven miles along the waterfront, almost to downtown.


Rogers Park

Average Rent: $1,250

The neighborhood of Rogers Park may be the most expensive on our list, but rent prices are still lower than the city average. Rogers Park boasts the distinction of being the northernmost neighborhood in Chicago and being one of the most diverse. There are 80 different languages spoken among the 63,000 residents.


Mount Greenwood

Average Rent: $975

Moving to Mount Greenwood will offer you the most bang for your buck. Not only can you live in an affordable apartment, but you can also live in the safest neighborhood in Chicago. This neighborhood offers a casual experience with many locally owned restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.


Avalon Park

Average Rent: $964

Located in the southeastern part of the city, Avalon Park rounds out our list as the cheapest. Formerly known as “Mud Lake,” Avalon Park has progressed over the years from its swampy days and now boasts a middle-class residential community.


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Events, Festivals

5 Festive Events to Attend in Chicago This Thanksgiving Week


Here are your 5 to attend:

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than to attend festive events around Chicago. Here are 5 events that are happening in Chicago this Thanksgiving week.


Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Today – Sunday, January 7, 2018

Location: Museum of Science and Industry Chicago (5700 S. Lake Shore Drive)

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 9:30 am – 4 pm; Friday – Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Price: Included with museum entry ticket

Make this holiday season a bit more international! The Museum of Science and Industry is holding its 74th annual exhibit. 50 Christmas trees will be on display this year, each decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities. Every weekend the museum will host performances from various ethnic communities. This weekend, the performances will feature countries such as Czech Republic, Philippines, Bolivia, India, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Middle East.



Today- November 30th 2017

Location:Washington and Dearborn Streets

Hours: 11:00 am

Price: Free

Chicago’s largest open-air market is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Inspired by a Nuremberg, Germany, market that was founded in 1545, this market features iconic German items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and beer steins, as well as hand-blown ornaments and wooden handicrafts. Something to do!


McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Location: State Street

Hours: 8:00 am to 11 am

Price: Free

The Thanksgiving Parade is a holiday tradition featuring floats, celebrities, and musical performances. This year features David Arquette as Grand Marshall, The Harlem Globetrotters, Miss Illinois Crystal Davis, and everyone’s favorite Santa Claus.

The parade takes place on State Street. Beginning at Congress and ending at Randolph. The festival organizers have provided a map to see the exact route.



November 24–26, December 1–3, 8–23, 26–31; January 1–7, 2018

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo

Hours: 4:30pm – 9pm

Price: Free

Lincoln Park Zoo will be illuminated this holiday season by over two million lights. In addition to the lights, the zoo will have festive activities such as ice skating, holiday crafts, 3-D displays, and photos with Santa.


Randolph Street’s Holiday Market

Saturday December 16 & Sunday December 17: 10-5pm

Location: 1340 W. Washington

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Price: $8 Advanced Purchase/$10 at Gate. Kids under 12 are free.

If you have the urge to shop ‘til you drop, Randolph’s Holiday Market is the place to be! The market will have over 200 vendors with a mix of antique, vintage, modern items such as clothing, jewelry, art, decorative objects, housewares, and more.


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Celebrity Homes

Check out CUBS Ben Zobrist’s New North Center Home

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Ben Zobrist, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, just bought a $1.84 million home in North Center. In December, he signed a $56 million contract with the Cubs. With all the extra money, he was in the market for a new place to call home.

His 6 bedroom and 4.5 bathroom home features a mudroom, 3 car heated garage, fireplace, chair rail, and coffered ceilings.


Check out Ben Zobrist’s luxurious North Center home:


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Zobrist’s new home features Victorian charm with modern style.


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A spacious sitting room greets guest as they enter the home. This room is also great for small gatherings with friends.


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Off to the side of the sitting room is this cozy nook. This area is perfect for quiet conversations, reading, or just enjoying the view.


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The blue colors of the dining area are very calming and unique. Eating family dinners has never been so relaxing.


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A spacious kitchen allows for many family meals to be cooked. The wide island counter also makes a great place to have a quick meal.


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A toasty fireplace and flat screen TV make for a comfortable living room.


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This large and comfortable master bedroom is a great place for Zobrist to rest his head. Also, the large windows let plenty of light to shine through to feel refreshed in the morning.


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You’ll immediately feel like you’re in a spa just by entering the bathroom. The luxurious tub, large mirror, and soft lighting make for a soothing experience.


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