$750 is a tight budget in Chicago. Google maps can tell you where the bars/clubs and fitness centers are. You can also check yelp for reviews of those establishments. Do you have a pitbull or a bulldog? Some buildings have breed restrictions.
Best of luck,
No professional who values their license is going to answer this question affirmatively. And any agent who caters to your request without making some sort of disclosure as to their duty to NOT entertain your BLATANT request to steer, as my colleagues have mentioned, are doing themselves a disservice and if you were a 'tester' are definitely in hot water. So, errr, ummmm . . . Iâ€™d suggest you check out the Chicago Tribuneâ€™s resource for crime statistics and come to your own conclusion on the neighborhood that will suit you best; Iâ€™ve seen it and itâ€™s awfully detailed. The Red Eye also has a homicide tracker that tracks them according to address.
To boot, at least from an experienced agent's stand point, I already know that: the closer you are to the United Center, the less likely you are to find a unit in your stated price range. To further demonstrate my point, for my own (and consequently, your) research, I went ahead and searched the market (the MLS, up to $799) and my results were as follows:
w/ in one mile of 1901 W. Madison - 3 properties
w/ in 2 miles of " " - 5 properties
w/in 3 miles of " " - 13 properties
w/in 4.5 miles of " " - 21 properties
I have an apartment for rent that is 4.3 miles away, via Google, a 15 minute drive. Itâ€™s a one bedroom near US Cellular Field (another professional Chicago sports arena, for the White Sox) for $550/month. This building is pet friendly (deposit req.) and I can point you to several establishments in the immediate vicinity (w/ in one mile) that fit your desires to be convenient to.
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I suggest that you connect with a local real estate agent in the Chicago area to assist you in finding a suitable rental home that is close to your work and one that will accept your dog. It usually does not cost you anything to use their services.
You can search for agents in the Chicago area right here on the Trulia site on the banner at the top of this page and click on the "Find A Pro" tab.
Best wishes on your relocation!
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