Sweet Chicago Rental: Logan Square Steal, $850
Do a quick Google search on Logan Square and your results will most likely return something about the Chicago neighborhood's "a hipster, artsy scene," "full of energy" and "friendly neighbors." As the name suggests, this burgeoning part of town is centered around an idyllic circular (not square) grassy knoll on the northwest side. On the surrounding streets and boulevards, the residences, from townhouse to bungalows to apartment buildings, are historic and charming.
From the inside and out, this one-bedroom sweet rental lives up to that description. Set in a red brick building, this courtyard apartment has hardwood floors, exposed brick and whitewashed moldings, plus there's laundry in the building. Last rehabbed in 2000, this place's style is more vintage than shiny new. (As if a hipster would have it any other way?)
The $850 rent is affordable and ideal for living in Logan Square, where you will want to spend most of your time outside your apartment. A smattering of buzz-worthy bars have opened over the past few months like the whiskey bar, Longman and Eagle, the home-brewed pub, Revolution Brewing and the pool joint, Rocking Horse. So you'll want to have some extra pocket change around for ritual evenings out in the neighborhood. This new nightlife is also injecting renewed interest in other favorite local eateries, such as Lula Cafe, El Cid and Urbanbelly (which was selected as one of Travel & Leisure's best new restaurants in 2009).
But, there's more to do than just eat and drink in Logan Square. The community offers other sorts of entertainment, whether it's attending indie concerts at the Logan Square Auditorium, produce shopping at the Logan Square's indoor/outdoor farmer's market, or catching a movie at the Logan Theatre for $4.
Four dollars? Yes, finally, it's possible to live someplace that is cool and not break your budget. You can store your two-wheel vehicle of choice in the bicycle room or otherwise, the El's Blue Line is only five blocks away. The only foreseeable surcharge is for pets. While they're welcome, it will bump your rent up $35 per month.
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