Welcome to Chicago!
You need an apartment, but have no idea where to start. As far as what you can get for the money, obviously the Loop is more expensive. We’ve had listings for studios at more than $2000, though that’s not typical. If you’re up in Rogers Park, you can get a spacious 1BR for less than half that price. There’s a lot of room in between.
We are all here to pursue economic and creative satisfaction, to find, produce, and exchange ideas.
How are you supposed to know where you’d be happy? You half remember opinions you heard from various sources, but don’t know what’s true.
In my experience, I have found that the most important thing to consider when looking for an apartment is neighborhood. You may scoff. Who cares where you live, as long as your commute’s not that bad and you have a place to park your car? No. The city of Chicago is comprised of neighborhoods. It’s almost like little cities within a city- you travel a short time and there’s a completely different feeling. City life is all about opportunity and having things to do within walking distance or a short ride on public transit.
Find your neighborhood. Then look for an apartment.