Once you have an area or exact address in mind, yes google on the internet it will show you where
banks and gas stations are. Also drive through the neighborhood and see for yourself.
But best of all I suggest work with an experienced area Realtor - who is experienced in rentals, and have him/her help you find the right rental unit for YOU, as far as price, size, association fees, garage, balcony, elevator etc.
Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life! Chicago Northern Illinois & North Shore Expert
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients.....