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Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in Chicago

Watch the video: Some bad news for anyone searching for a Chicago apartment: Rents are going up, and in some places, dramatically. 

Rents are rising in Chicago and some renters are forking over more of their paychecks each month, as noted in The Chicago Reporter. Overall, rents across the country rose 3.3 percent compared to last year, according to a real-estate analysis from Zillow.

Some neighborhoods have seen rents skyrocket over the last couple of years. A recent report from rental agency Domu found the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment has increased at a rate of 5.2 percent per year since 2012. Neighborhoods at the top of that list were Avondale (11.6 percent), Logan Square (9.9 percent) and Wicker Park (9.1 percent).

We discuss factors behind these rent hikes with Alby Gallun, senior reporter for Crain’s Chicago BusinessGeoff Smith, executive director for DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies; and Ald. Walter Burnett, whose 27th Ward recently saw a heated debate over a rental development that eventually got scrapped due to concerns from nearby residents.

Neighborhood prices

The map below displays average rents per neighborhood based on data from rental websites Domu and Zumper. Note: Neighborhoods are based on city of Chicago boundaries which may vary slightly from the neighborhood maps used by Domu and Zumper.

Click an area to see what the average rents are.

Best, worst areas to live for cash-strapped renters?

A few years ago, Logan Square and Noble Square were considered “up-and-coming” neighborhoods. According to Domu, “rents have increased substantially in these neighborhoods in a short period of time, and now they appear to have established themselves.” 

See Domu's picks for “up-and-coming” neighborhoods and communities with more stable rents.

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods
Little Village
Humboldt Park
Stable Rent Neighborhoods
Rogers Park
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Square
North Center

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