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Can You Afford to Live in These Cities?

This is Where Your Salary Can Take You

City living doesn’t come cheap, so we broke it down for you and figured out what salary you need in order to afford a house in some of the trendiest cities in the U.S!

San Francisco – $152,173


Median House Price: $835,400      Monthly Payment: $3,551

Los Angeles – $100,147


Median House Price: $536,700     Monthly Payment: $2,227

Boston – $86,054


Median House Price: $435,300     Monthly Payment: $2,008

New York City – $85,488


Median House Price: $397,600     Monthly Payment: $1,995

Denver – $70,741


Median House Price: $386,800     Monthly Payment: $1,651

Miami – $64,879


Median House Price: $315,000     Monthly Payment: $1,514

Chicago – $61,291


Median House Price: $244,100    Monthly Payment: $1,430

Philadelphia – $53,108

Median House Price: $234,800     Monthly Payment: $1,239

Atlanta – $39,385

Median House Price: $191,500     Monthly Payment: $919

Pittsburg – $31,962


Median House Price: $140,000    Monthly Payment: $746


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Most Expensive

Top 7 Most Expensive Rentals in Chicago

How much are you willing to pay in rent? $20,000 per month?

Sure you could get a house, but then you’re stuck! Take a look at some of the most luxurious (and most expensive) rentals in Chicago right now. $20,000 too far out of your price range? That’s okay, we’ve got rentals for under $9,000!

1. 6 N Michigan Ave, Chicago – $20,000

4 beds | 4.5 baths | 6,400 sq ft

2. 1150 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago – $18,002

1 bed | 1 bath

3. 401 N Wabash Ave Unit 71E, Chicago – $16,000

3 beds | 4 full baths | 3,102 sq ft

4. 4 E Elm St Unit 6N, Chicago – $15,000


3 beds | 3 full , 1 half baths | 3,135 sq ft

5. 445 E North Water St Apt 2605, Chicago – $11,500

3 beds | 3 full , 1 half baths | 4,000 sq ft


6. 505 N Lake Shore Dr Apt 1112, Chicago – $10,000

4 beds | 3 full baths | 3,000 sq ft

7. 65 E Monroe St Unit 4726, Chicago – $7,470

3 beds | 2 full , 1 half baths | 2,490 sq ft






Best Cupcakes in Chicago

Best Cupcakes in Chicago presented by Preview Chicago

But recently posted in foursqaure was another list. This one is pretty intense.

Molly's Cupcakes is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

1. Molly’s Cupcakes

2536 N Clark St (btwn Wrightwood & Deming), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Park West · 200 tips and reviews

Todd W.Todd White: Amazingly good cupcakes. If you don’t see what you like you can build your own starting with about 8 base cupcakes, then about 10 frostings, then some more toppings for that.

Sami A.Sami Ari: Blueberry cupcake is amazing! Also, get the gingerbread cupcake during holiday season.

Michael W.Michael Whalen: Pricey, but delicious. The Nutella cupcake and the Mixed Berry cupcake are my favorites.

Sprinkles Cupcakes is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

2. Sprinkles Cupcakes

50 E Walton St (btwn Rush & Ernst), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Streeterville · 137 tips and reviews

Becki S.Becki Schneider: Amazing cupcakes! Banana peanut butter… scrumptious!

M A.M ALDossary: A Must Try !!!! Yummy delicious Cupcake .. All the Flavors are good. Highly Recommended.

Tiffany P.Tiffany Payne-Griffin: Absolutely delicious batter used for the cupcakes and I loved the buttercream frosting.

Sweet Mandy B's is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

3. Sweet Mandy B’s

1208 W Webster Ave (at N Racine Ave), Chicago, IL
Bakery · North Side · 84 tips and reviews

Zarina M.Zarina Mason: Love this place. Tons of flavors to choose from, but the simple vanilla cupcake is still our favorite.

Megan N.Megan Narula: they have the best cupcakes in the city by far! go try one…or four!

MaureenMaureen: So many great options–peanut butter chocolate cupcakes are awesome!

Magnolia Bakery is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

4. Magnolia Bakery

108 N State St (btwn W Randolph St & W Washington St), Chicago, IL
Bakery · The Loop · 117 tips and reviews

Maryam M.Maryam Malik: Banana pudding oooh so good & hummingbird cupcakes are heavenly

Walt W.Walt Walker: The Chicago chocolate cupcake was my favorite. Simple and flavorful

Jake S.Jake Smith: I recommend the S’mores cupcake; the frosting is made from roasted marshmallows, and there is a surprise chocolate center.

Swirlz Cupcakes is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

5. Swirlz Cupcakes

705 W Belden Ave (at Lincoln Ave.), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Lincoln Park · 27 tips and reviews

Fit Girl I.Fit Girl In Progress: The ladies @ swirlz are amazing! Awesome cupcakes w gluten and dairy free options!

Eva H.Eva Ho: Best cupcake in Chicago and they have vegan, gluten free options.

Jonathan J.Jonathan Jesse: Best Cupcakes in the world and Gluten-free and Vegan options

More Cupcakes is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

6. More Cupcakes

1 E Delaware Pl (at N State St), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Near North Side · 42 tips and reviews

hooeyspewer ..hooeyspewer .: Great cupcakes! Check their website for flavors available by day. Used the website to place an order –> simple pick-up. They deliver too.

Amy L.Amy Lapisardi: The black and white cupcakes are probably the best cupcakes I’ve had in a very long time.

Natalia K.Natalia Kowalewicz: Almost all of the cupcakes are amazing. Valrhona, chocolate hazelnut, red velvet… seasonal flavors like chocolate passionfruit, mango… and every Friday they have alcoholic flavors!

Flirty Cupcakes Dessert Garage is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

7. Flirty Cupcakes Dessert Garage

1030 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · University Village – Little Italy · 25 tips and reviews

Sarah P.Sarah Pichardo: Best cupcakes on planet Earth! Paradise Island & Devil in Disguise are my faves.

Jalyn L.Jalyn Leigh: Love the strawberry shortcake cupcake!

Melissa K.Melissa Kane: Employees are incredibly nice! Get the bacon pancake cupcake!

Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

8. Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

115 N Wabash Ave (at E Washington St), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · The Loop · 47 tips and reviews

Chris H.Chris Hall: We’ve tried just about all the cupcake specialty shops over the last couple years & this is the one we come back to when we want to treat our friends – or spoil ourselves – on a special occasion.

Anamaria H.Anamaria Hernandez: The macarons are delicious! I’ve been going here for years for the delicious seasonal cupcakes but those macarons are game changers!

Navpreet S.Navpreet Sran: Love the gluten free dark chocolate cupcake! ❤️

Lickity Split is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

9. Lickity Split

6056 N Broadway St (at W Glenlake Ave), Chicago, IL
Ice Cream Shop · Edgewater · 60 tips and reviews

Liz J.Liz Jones: Try a Crazy Cake concrete — a whole cupcake blended with frozen custard; Scarlett’s Last Fall is also amazing – red velvet cupcake, custard, raspberries and marshmallow, w/ whipped cream and a cherry

laura h.laura honeycutt: Not just ice cream – they have homemade candies, cupcakes and cookies. The crazy cake concrete with vanilla custard and red velvet cupcake is heaven!

Brian M.Brian McMahon: Awesome penny candy from the 70s! Great cupcakes and dozen custard

Sensational Bites is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

10. Sensational Bites

3751 N Southport Ave (btw Grace & Waveland), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Lakeview · 30 tips and reviews

James W.James Williams: Love this place. Best cupcakes around!

Scott T.Scott T: Great treats. Try the chocolate caramel cupcake.

Sheila D.Sheila Doherty ☕ 🎤 🏃🎮: Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes — so yum!!

Brown Sugar Bakery is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

11. Brown Sugar Bakery

324 E 75th St, Chicago, IL
Bakery · Chatham · 27 tips and reviews

Nicole W.Nicole Williams: Carmel cupcake & Pound cake Omg!! I’ll be back

Mae C.Mae Cheri: The caramel cupcake & chocolate cake Awesome.

Audra A.Audra Akins: Best cakes, cup cakes with serving sizes that you can share!!!

Chicago Cupcake is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

12. Chicago Cupcake

Chicago, IL
Food Truck · Wicker Park · 10 tips and reviews

Karen W.Karen Wade: The red velvet and dark star top my list. These cupcakes are dense and delicious!

Jaclyn C.Jaclyn Crawford: The Cake Batter cupcake is AWESOME! So unique!

Akos A.Akos Amaning: Definitely have to visit their shop for a variety of cupcakes

Flirty Cupcakes on Wheels is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

13. Flirty Cupcakes on Wheels

Chicago, IL
Food Truck · The Loop · 19 tips and reviews

1401 S.1401 South State Apartments: Flirty Cupcakes will be at 1401, on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 4:00pm- 6:30pm! Delicious cupcakes!

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Thought you’d want to know: Flirty Cupcakes has been nominated for Best Dessert Truck in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more.

Lilly C.Lilly Calandrello: Try the Champagne cupcakes, they are awesome!Read more.

Southport Grocery & Cafe is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

14. Southport Grocery & Cafe

3552 N Southport Ave (at W Addison St), Chicago, IL
Breakfast Spot · Lakeview · 79 tips and reviews

JENNIFER H.JENNIFER HUMBRECHT: Omg. You must must must try the cupcake pancakes! Be sure to hit the bakery case before you leave and snag a pretzel cookie and a peanut m&m peanut butter cookie as well. So damn good. 🙂

Kevin D.Kevin Dulin: Get the Cupcakes or the Cupcake batter pancakes! They burgers here are also excellent!

amanda d.amanda dilley: Best items to order – cupcakes, cupcake pancakes, bread pudding pancakes, bruschetta, sweet and savory french toast, oatmeal. Yum!!!

Alliance Bakery is one of The 15 Best Places for Cupcakes in Chicago.

15. Alliance Bakery

1736 W Division St (at N Hermitage Ave), Chicago, IL
Bakery · Wicker Park · 60 tips and reviews

Jordi P.Jordi Parra: The best carrot cake cupcakes I’ve ever had. Also, the lounge next door is great for reading while having a coffee.

Zoë L.Zoë Lyle: Red Velvet cupcake filled with raspberry confit…AMAZING. The lounge next door also has wifi with a very strong internet connection and a decent amount of outlets.

DeanDean: Good and gettting better; check out the cinnamon roles in the am and the stuffed cupcakes in the pm