Pandemic Rentals

Post-Pandemic Housing Options

Last March our lives completely changed, and so did our cities. As Chicago shut down, those who were fortunate enough began working from home, others lost their jobs, businesses, or were furloughed. Small businesses began to shut their doors, the highways emptied out, and some corporations hinted at never returning to their office space. Some Chicagoans weathered the storm while others left. Now one year later as the restaurants, nightlife, festivals, jobs, and sporting events that once drove the desirable housing market in Chicago begin to come back, it has come time for many to decide whether to buy back into the Windy City.

With an unsustainably hot single family bubble likely reaching its boiling point, rents in Chicago have begun to stabilize at price points lower than in previous years. Residents craving transit-oriented urbanism are coming to Chicago in hopes of experiencing a city that is back and better than ever. With an expanding rental market, there are a number of desirable neighborhoods and communities that promote prime city living based around the principles of public transportation, nightlife, and recreation.

Residents looking for neighborhoods with nightlife, access to public transit, bike infrastructure, and good deals should consider renting in the following neighborhoods:


Home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs, Wrigleyville features a plethora of bars, clubs, and nightlife even when the Cubs aren’t in town. It is also conveniently situated along the Red, Purple, and Brown lines making downtown access simple and easy. Another Wrigleyville attribute is miles of bikeable, pedestrian-oriented infrastructure that allows residents to explore and commute with ease. Additionally, both Montrose Beach and Lincoln Park are within 1.5 miles of the heart of Wrigleyville.

Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village offers quiet quintessential northside charm with the convenience of being situated between nightlife-heavy Wrigleyville and Bucktown. Both the Blue and Brown lines run through Roscoe Village making commuting downtown simple. Small businesses and restaurants occupy corners in Roscoe Village, with a charming main strip featuring up-scale retail and dining. Those looking for the lifestyle of Wrigleyville with the quietness of the suburbs should look no further than Roscoe Village.

North Center

North Center is situated along N Lincoln Ave, and features numerous bars, breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants. This neighborhood is less than two miles from Wrigley Field and the party atmosphere of Wrigleyville, and offers a quieter yet bustling atmosphere full of residents. Both the Brown and Blue lines run through North Center with a station on Irving Park and Ravenswood. North Center offers bike-able infrastructure and many amenities residents look for in surrounding neighborhoods, at a lower price point.