5 Great Apartments and Landlords in Chicago, According to Renters on Tenantree (Jan 2020)

We like to imagine a future where Tenantree has millions and millions of reviews and all of us renters have easy access to all the info we need before making a call on our next apartment ... (blurry dream fades away) but since we're still new and growing and our total reviews count is missing a few zeros, I'm going to do regular highlights of the best apartments and the best companies to rent from in some or our favorite cities to help us all with our next move.

I'll start this series by highlighting great apartments and landlords in Chicago, my hometown. Chicago has some incredible neighborhoods: From Pilsen, Bridgeport, Chinatown and Hyde Park on the South Side, to Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village, West Loop and Logan Square on the West / NW Side, and Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square and Uptown on the North Side - just to name a few. I'll do my best to highlight the best of the best from all parts of town throughout this series, even if the focus is a bit more narrow than I'd like in the beginning.

The listings below come directly from anonymous renter reviews on Tenantree. Help us all out by writing an anonymous review of your Chicago apartment and maybe we'll feature your review in our next Chicago spotlight!

4247 North Hermitage Avenue by Hayes Properties

4247 North Hermitage. Source: https://www.hayesproperties.com/

What Renters Like About 4247 North Hermitage

  • "Very quiet place...barely notice anyone living around you- they don’t insulate buildings like this anymore"
  • "beautiful apartment with lots of sun; hermitage is a pretty street up here"
  • "Hayes properties is an excellent management company. Super responsive. Tenant portal let’s you pay rent and request maintenance online"
Read the full renter review on Tenantree

See the apartment listing from Hayes Properties

Meet the Management: Hayes Properties

"All of our Chicago apartment buildings are located in the Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods of Chicago. Most of our apartment buildings are vintage courtyard buildings located on quiet, tree lined streets. Almost all apartments have been upgraded with mini-blinds, sanded hardwood floors and newer kitchens and baths. Laundry and storage are available in the basement areas. Some apartment buildings are pet friendly, call for details."

Check out Hayes Properties and their available listings!

2219 W Montrose Avenue by Root Realty

2219 W Montrose. Source: https://www.rootrealty.com/rentals/

What Renters Like About 2219 W Montrose

  • "Landlord/owners care about taking care of the building."
  • "Cats are allowed."
  • "Neighbors are quiet."

Meet the Management: Root Realty

"Since 1983 Root Realty has focused on delivering excellent client service to Chicago real estate investors and their tenants. We make real estate investment simple by providing best-in-industry, fully integrated services from initial investment suggestions to the sale of your building, including property management and renovations."

Check out Root Realty and their listings here!

550 W Arlington Place by Beal Properties

550 W Arlington. Source: https://www.bealproperties.com/

What Renters Like About 550 W Arlington Pl

  • "in-unit washer/dryers"
  • "2 mins away from multiple bus stops and Clark Street, so lots of restaurants and bars"
  • "Walgreens is essentially in your backyard"

Meet the Management: Beal Properties

"With over 30 years of ownership in the metropolitan Chicago area, Beal Properties is one of Chicago’s leading property owners of multi-family apartment buildings. We offer beautiful and well-maintained apartments in the vibrant Lake View, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Logan Square and Gold Coast neighborhoods, and in the North Shore neighborhoods of Northfield, Evanston, Highland Park, Glencoe and Winnetka."

We know they have a history in Chicago, but companies can change people, philosophies and directions quickly in response to bad PR. Check out Beal Properties and their available listings!

3108 N Southport Avenue by Chicago Northside Realty


3108 N Southport Ave Source

What Renters Like About 3108 N Southport

  • "Landlord lives on-site in a separate building and is readily available to take care of any issues (of which we've had very few)"
  • "The building is a bit older (plenty of new construction nearby), but is decently maintained."
  • "conveniently located near Brown and Red Line"

2825 N Whipple Street

2825 N Whipple St. Source

What Renters Like About 2825 N Whipple St

  • "the landlord, Ron, is pretty good. He fixes things in a timely manner and is understanding if you need an extra day to pay the rent once in a while"
  • "It’s a two flat so you know you’re getting his (almost) undivided attention"

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