Sweet Chicago Rental: 1-Bedroom in Time for Opening Day, $995
This one-bedroom rental is a great deal at $995 a month (including heat), in a beautiful brick building on Cornelia Avenue a short block south of the historic and beautiful ballpark. For four or five months each year, it's a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood near Lake Michigan surrounded by restaurants, bars and boutique shops. But for 81 days a year (and hopefully a few weeks longer in October), this neighborhood belongs to Cubs fans.
If you're one of those fans, or if you're ready to begin the life-long journey of hope and heartbreak, this might be your dream rental -- it's a quick walk to the bleachers, you'll be able to sing along with the celebrities from your balcony during the seventh inning stretch, and you might just run into Ryan Dempster walking home after a game.
There are drawbacks, of course, to being so close to the action -- the Cubs set new attendance records almost every season, and the crowds can be overwhelming when you're trying to bring home groceries. The tree-lined street gives you some shelter from the storm, but you'll want to keep a Cubs schedule handy and plan your errands accordingly.
The floor plan includes a large bedroom, living room with bay windows, a modern island kitchen, hardwood floors and a balcony. The pet-friendly building has a bike room, laundry and much-needed rental parking available.
Next year is here!
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