1 bedroom plus den, 1 bathroom in West Town, $1,300/month
Check out the fireplace, the two balconies, the new kitchen! The apartment is right next to the lovely, green Humboldt Park but the closest El stop, the Damen Blue, is kind of a hike.
2 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Logan Square, $1300/month
You can practically see your reflection in these hardwood floors, and that kitchen is amazing—though we'll admit to being a sucker for subway tile. The drawback (and there's always one, right?) is that it's quite far from the California Blue Line.
Studio in Gold Coast, $1,295/month
Whoa, does Prince live here? This large and funky studio definitely has personality. And the building has a pool, roofdeck and fitness center.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Uptown, $1,350/month
Um, this place is huge. The parquet floors we can live without, but the light, the separate dining area, the large bedroom and the tile in the bathroom—not to mention the building's super-cool Art Deco yard—make this apartment a winner. Plus, it's close to the Argyle Red Line and the lake.
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in Albany Park, $1,350/month
Pros: gated parking space included, large kitchen and dining room, in-unit washer/dryer, close to the Brown Line. Cons: it's a garden unit, beige carpet in the bedrooms. Life is about compromises.
Studio in South Loop, $1,295/month
The building is on Roosevelt and Michigan, so you're right on top of the Museum Campus, the lakefront, all that good stuff. For a studio, it seems pretty spacious—certainly those large windows help.
You need an apartment and have a budget of around $1,300 per month (if you have a much bigger budget, check out these places, you baller). The good news is you have a lot to choose from: high-rise studios with incredible city views, giant two-bedrooms in a quiet neighborhood, one-bedrooms with tons of outdoor space.
RECOMMENDED: Chicago apartments guide
The bad news: Really, there isn't any. Other than you need to act fast—affordable, adorable apartments tend to disappear faster than a warm spring day in Chicago. Real-estate site Zumper pulled the best of its inventory to show you what's out there. Click through the slide show below to see all six.