Renter, San Leandro, CA
It will be very difficult to rent in a good area (good complex) with little or no credit history. Almost all landlords (especially in the far west suburbs of Chicago) do a full criminal background and credit check, and they will want you to already be employed before they rent to you, unless you can pay the full amount of the lease 6 month or 1yr upfront. I would work with your sponser to set up residence with family or friends, get your jobs and get working, enroll your son in school and establish residency. Once you have been employed at least 6 months if not one year, you will have a much better chance at getting a decent apartment in a safe area with good schools. Do not look at anything near west side or south side, very dangerous areas with high crime and gang violence. The further north or west you are the better. Hope this info helps and good luck!