Just south of downtown is the South Loop, a section of Chicago distinct from The Loop. Whereas The Loop is more business-focused, the South Loop has a less bustling atmosphere. Along its eastern edge, for example, is the Museum Campus, boasting the world-renowned Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and hundreds of acres of greenspace that extend into Lake Michigan, by way of Northerly Island. For those who prefer sports to science, the South Loop is also where you’ll find Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Although most of the action is confined to downtown, the South Loop also has its fair share of nightlife, restaurants, shops, and theaters. Buddy Guy’s Legends, for example, makes the neighborhood one of the best in the country to enjoy an evening of authentic blues. Before the show, grab an upscale meal at Acadia, a contemporary American restaurant that comes with a well-earned high price tag. Or, before spending the afternoon enjoying the greenery of Chicago’s front yard (aka Grant Park), grab a light, affordable lunch at Spoke and Bird Cafe. Most of the apartment rentals in the South Loop are focused in the north end, around Printer’s Row, which used to be the center of publishing in the Midwest. Since it’s so near the amenities of downtown, the rents are high, compared with the national average, but you can likely find a better deal here than downtown, with rents starting at around $1,500.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.