Chicago’s Lakeview East – Insider tips for first-time renters

634 W Cornelia, Chicago. Photo by Jim Tschetter

The Lakeview East neighborhood is the first choice for many first-time renters. Its pedestrian-friendly streets host a ton of one-of-a-kind bars, restaurants, theaters and shops. It has great access to public transit, and it’s a short walk from the 18-mile lakefront trail and Wrigley Field. It’s a fun place to live.

Tip #1: Don’t start your apartment search at listing sites. They’re cluttered with bait-and-switch ads from Chicago’s sleazy rental services trying to sucker you or frustrate you into connecting with them. See our Top 5 reasons to avoid apartment rental brokers.

Tip #2: Focus your search on buildings with responsive professional management. You’ll find a map of the buildings and a list with links to 100s of video tours and near real-time rent and availability info at YoChicago’s Lakeview apartment guide.

We’ve known these management companies for years. We’ve been in their buildings and spent time in their apartments and amenities. We’ve talked with their residents. The company’s knowledgeable leasing agents can take you on in-person or virtual tours, provide accurate information and a quick response on the status of your application. We’re confident they’ll do their best to deliver a positive experience.

Note: The buildings featured in YoChicago’s Lakeview apartment guide are managed by current or former YoChicago advertisers.

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