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