The perfect Chicago apartment rental should be great for a Netflix binge, but also offer the convenience of nearby eateries, public transportation, and options for nightlife. As you start your apartment hunt be sure to keep these 5 things in mind when renting in Chicago.

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Public Transportation

In the winter, walking 20 minutes will feel like 40— even after your entire body goes numb. When renting in Chicago, make sure you look at the public transportation options around your next apartment so you can work and play without the cold, harsh commute.

Winter in Chicago is kind of like that weird mole on your back— sometimes it’s just easier to pretend it doesn’t exist. But, however much of a bummer it is to think about— Chicago pro’s prioritize their winter needs. Making sure you have consistent access to public transportation is key before you have to decide whether you’re going to spend an exorbitant amount of money on an uber or bare the cold.

Meals & Deals

The cost of living in Chicago can be on the pricier side, so we love a good deal on food and drinks when we go out. Make a list of your favorite restaurants and bars in Chicago and take note of their happy hours so you have someplace to go every night of the week.

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Divvy Bike Locations

Even though Chicago has been under construction since 1837, many of the recent road improvements have made Chicago one of the more bike-friendly cities around.

A convenient way to take advantage of the new bikable streets is the Divvy bike-sharing system. With a membership, you can ride as often as you like and never have to worry about locking up or maintenance. There are tons of Divvy stations around Chicago so check out the map and see where your closest docking station is.

Delivery Zones

Sometimes— whether it’s chilled-to-your-bone cold outside or you’re not in the mood to put on pants— you want your favorite burger delivered right to your door.

Something to consider when picking your new pad is whether your favorite Thai spot delivers to the neighborhood you live in. Before you take the big plunge and sign that lease, plug in your potential apartment address to Grubhub and make sure you have all your ducks in a row and pizza of choice on your plate.

Chicago Summer Activities

Just as winter transforms the city, so does summer. What might be a quiet neighborhood can become bustling, and loud during peak season times. An obvious example of this would be Wrigleyville— not exactly a sleepy area with its high concentration of bars, but certainly far more low key before baseball season hits.

Lincoln Park tends to be on the quieter side during the year, but come summer it is taken over by fireworks, air and water shows, and weekly farmers markets. Depending on your preference, when renting in Chicago, make sure to scope out your potential neighborhood at different times of the year and find your right fit.

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