Wednesday, Wednesday, is Yo Chicago rents day

The Web makes it easy to waste time.

Today’s time-waster: counting the occurrence in Craigslist ads of the words Chicago apartment-seekers love to hear. Here’s what we found.

Amazing, 219; Awesome, 237; Balcony, balconies, 512; Beautiful, 869; Big, 299; Brand new, 380; Brick, 218; Bright, 187; Bucktown, 282; Close, 806; Deal, 173; Duplex, 176; Fabulous, 103; Fantastic, 113; Fireplace, 598; Free, 764; Gorgeous, 261; Gourmet, 156; Granite, 702; Great, 1,519; Hardwood, 2,128;
Huge, 721; Incredible, 74; Lake View, 267; Lakeview, 544; Large, 1,267; Lincoln Park, 569; Loft, 207; Luxury, 191; Rehab, 356; Rehabbed, 413; Renovated, 193; Parking, 1,726; Private, 429; Spacious, 718; Spectacular, 86; Stainless, 426; Stunning, 105; Sunny, 213; Super, 353; Unique, 97; View, views, 1,055; Vintage, 353; Wicker Park, 264

Well over 1,000 of these ads were placed by apartment rental services. We’re guessing that quite a few of those ads are bogus.

What are you finding when you call or e-mail about those great-sounding apartments on Craigslist? Are they there to be seen, or were they rented in the 10 minutes between the time of the post and the time you made contact?

Send us an e-mail about your experiences.

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