Chicago:
December Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2019 Chicago Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, ABODO data scientists and rental experts break down the December 2019 key findings and figures for the Chicago rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Chicago and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Chicago rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Chicago Rent Prices Decreased From November to December

Chicago rent prices decreased over the last month. From November to December, the city experienced a -0.84% decrease for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,780.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from November to December, Chicago experienced a -0.63% decrease for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Chicago two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $2,045.

December Prices: Chicago vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have decreased in Chicago over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 3 of the Chicago suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 4 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Naperville, IL, Oak Park, IL, Schaumburg, IL .

  • Rent decreased in Lombard, IL, Evanston, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, Mount Prospect, IL.

  • 7 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Chicago.

December 2019 Pricing Trends: Chicago vs. National Comparisons

Chicago Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Chicago over the past year has been declining. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Chicago rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Chicago one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of ABODO's December 2019 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Chicago and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Chicago and suburbs

1 BR December 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR December 2 BR M/M % Change
Chicago, IL $1,795 0.11% $2,058 0.29%
Lombard, IL $1,717 -0.23% $2,480 0.65%
Evanston, IL $1,393 -3.33% $1,687 -6.17%
Naperville, IL $1,326 0.99% $1,678 1.02%
Oak Park, IL $1,113 0.09% $1,588 -0.31%
Schaumburg, IL $1,513 0.33% $1,717 0.12%
Hoffman Estates, IL $1,356 -0.59% $1,553 -0.26%
Mount Prospect, IL $1,139 -2.06% $1,406 2.33%

Methodology

Each month, using over 1 million ABODO listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.