6 very different apartments for $1,300

You have $1,300 per month to spend on rent. What kinds of apartments can you get for your money? Depends on where you want to live.

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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.


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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.


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    N California Ave

    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.

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    N California Ave

    1 bedroom plus den, 1 bathroom in West Town, $1,300/month

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    N California Ave

    1 bedroom plus den, 1 bathroom in West Town, $1,300/month

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    N California Ave

    1 bedroom plus den, 1 bathroom in West Town, $1,300/month

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    N California Ave

    1 bedroom plus den, 1 bathroom in West Town, $1,300/month

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    1944 N Spaulding Ave #2B

    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.

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    1944 N Spaulding Ave #2B

    2 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Logan Square, $1300/month

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    1944 N Spaulding Ave #2B

    2 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Logan Square, $1300/month

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    N Dearborn Pkwy #608

    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.  

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    N Dearborn Pkwy #608

    Studio in Gold Coast, $1,295/month

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    N Dearborn Pkwy #608

    Studio in Gold Coast, $1,295/month

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    5040 N Marine Dr #6A

    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.

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    5040 N Marine Dr #6A

    1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Uptown, $1,350/month

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    5040 N Marine Dr #6A

    1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Uptown, $1,350/month

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    5040 N Marine Dr #6A

    1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Uptown, $1,350/month

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    5040 N Marine Dr #6A

    1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Uptown, $1,350/month

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    4630 N Drake Ave

    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.

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    4630 N Drake Ave

    2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in Albany Park, $1,350/month

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    4630 N Drake Ave

    2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in Albany Park, $1,350/month

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    4630 N Drake Ave

    2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in Albany Park, $1,350/month

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    4630 N Drake Ave

    2 bedroom, 2 bathroom in Albany Park, $1,350/month

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    S Michigan Ave

    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.

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    S Michigan Ave

    Studio in South Loop, $1,295/month

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    S Michigan Ave

    Studio in South Loop, $1,295/month

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    S Michigan Ave

    Studio in South Loop, $1,295/month

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    S Michigan Ave

    Studio in South Loop, $1,295/month

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N California Ave

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.


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Also, that building at 1944 has bedbugs (I'd know I was a sucker that lived in it last year). Its a huge courtyard building on Spaulding. Im glad to see a remodeled kitchen can double its price from last year. Good luck with craigslist guys! 

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