I toured 4 apartments in Chicago to see how they compared to apartments in New York, and I was shocked by the amenities and views in the smaller city

I toured 4 apartments in Chicago to see how they compared to apartments in New York, and I was shocked by the amenities and views in the smaller city

After touring four apartments in Chicago, I realized I could get a lot more for my money in the Midwestern city.

A view of Chicago from an apartment’s rooftop deck.

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The four apartments in Chicago were all located in desirable neighborhoods, were spacious, and had upgraded appliances. They were also all less than $2,000 per month. Included in their rent, Chicago residents have access to pools, fitness centers, lounges, and views.

For $1,100 per month, I’m paying for just a room with no views and no amenities in Brooklyn. If I wanted to move into a one-bedroom or studio apartment in New York, I would have to shell out a lot more money for apartments that wouldn’t even come close to the ones I saw in Chicago. 

Like most New Yorkers, I’ve convinced myself that living in this city is worth the price tag, but I’m not so sure anymore. As I look around my apartment now, I have one thought repeating in my mind: I could be paying less for a lot more somewhere else.

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