Rent to own Homes in Chicago, IL

Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837. At some point in the 1830s, approximately 100 residents lived in the Windy City. It is now home to more than 2.5 million residents and encompasses 227.63 square miles. Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States and has the second-largest transportation system in the country. Trains, buses, taxis, ridesharing such as Uber and Lyft, shuttles and limo service, water taxis, bike paths, and city parking lots make getting around the city a breeze. People who need to travel long distances can get from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in less than 30 minutes.

The city has a massive, diverse economy that includes industries such as car manufacturing, biotech, fabricated metals, energy, fintech, health services, and information technology. What do Boeing, State Farm Insurance, Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar Tractor, and United Continental Holdings have in common? They're just a portion of the group of Chicago-based Fortune 500 companies. In fact, the city has the third-to-most Fortune 500 companies in the nation, with an astronomical worth of $842.2 billion. If you're looking for a place that's easy to get around and has an abundance of opportunity to prosper, consider moving to Chicago.

Chicago, IL is a great place for affordable rent-to-own homes! With a median household income of over $62,097 and a median rent of $1,154, the Chicago, IL rent-to-own market is more affordable than the traditional housing market which has shown tremendous growth across the U.S. and with it, aggressive competition for home purchases. With the current housing shortage trend it can make it harder to become a homeowner, including in Chicago, IL. This means higher than average down payments for homes and higher qualification standards for conventional home loans. With a rent-to-own property, tenants are also buyers. You can live in the house for a set amount of time before you purchase it, meaning that you get to know the house, your neighbors, and your community before making the final purchase. This enables you and your family to make the right choice based on both information and experience. Rent-to-own is also a great alternative way to get into a home if you have bad credit or don't have enough saved for a down payment.

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956 W 115TH PL
3 Beds, 1.5 Bath
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West Pullman
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60643
731 Sqft | Built in 1966
1550 S INDIANA AVE #412
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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South Loop
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60605
1,100 Sqft | Built in 1905
100 E 14TH ST
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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South Loop
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60605
1,248 Sqft | Built in 1919
5739 S CALUMET AVE #3N
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Washington Park
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60637
1,400 Sqft
1355 N SANDBURG TER #407D
1 Bed, 1 Bath
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Near North Side
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60610
Built in 1962
7350 N RIDGE BLVD #22C
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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West Rogers Park
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60645
Built in 1930
240 E ILLINOIS ST #1708
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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Near North Side
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60611
1,293 Sqft | Built in 2003
4636 N Racine Ave APT 2, Chicago, IL 60640
2 Beds, 1 Bath
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Uptown
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60640
1,200 Sqft | Built in 1906
Rent to own homes offer low monthly payments and flexible terms.
5856 S PRAIRIE AVE #3
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Washington Park
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60637
1,250 Sqft | Built in 2002
6301 N SHERIDAN RD #21H
1 Bed, 1 Bath
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Edgewater
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60660
800 Sqft | Built in 1970
7620 S CALUMET AVE
4 Beds, 4 Baths
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Chatham
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60619
1,386 Sqft | Built in 1921
9519 S FOREST AVE
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Roseland
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60628
1,100 Sqft | Built in 1960
505 N LAKE SHORE DR #6601
3 Beds, 4 Baths
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Near North Side
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60611
2,975 Sqft | Built in 1968
6704 W FOREST PRESERVE DR
3 Beds, 3 Baths
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Harwood Heights
Single Family Home
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
1,326 Sqft | Built in 1998
8724 S ESSEX AVE
5 Beds, 3 Baths
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South Chicago
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60617
1,987 Sqft | Built in 1924
2906 W WILCOX ST
9 Beds, 3 Baths
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East Garfield Park
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60612
2,832 Sqft | Built in 1905
3017 E 78th St APT 2B
1 Bed, 1 Bath
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South Shore
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60649
800 Sqft | Built in 1924
6334 N SHERIDAN RD #3C
1 Bed, 1 Bath
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Edgewater
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60660
800 Sqft | Built in 1928
1 of 5 1517 W JONQUIL TER
2 Beds, 1 Bath
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Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60626
1,100 Sqft | Built in 1914
7403 N HOYNE AVE #1
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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Rogers Park
Townhouse/Condo
Chicago, IL 60645
800 Sqft | Built in 1927
5913 MONROE ST
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Morton Grove
Single Family Home
Morton Grove, IL 60053
1,830 Sqft | Built in 1960
12A Kingery Quarter Rd #104
1 Bed, 1 Bath
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Single Family Home
Willowbrook, IL 60527
800 Sqft | Built in 1981
7343 Country Creek Way UNIT 4
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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Single Family Home
Downers Grove, IL 60516
972 Sqft | Built in 1975
1 of 22 2S110 COLONIAL LN
4 Beds, 2 Baths
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Single Family Home
Lombard, IL 60148
1,944 Sqft | Built in 1965
14701 W 93rd Ave
3 Beds, 2.5 Baths
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Single Family Home
Dyer, IN 46311
1,822 Sqft
4041 VAN BUREN ST
2 Beds, 1 Bath
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Glen Park
Single Family Home
Gary, IN 46408
1,087 Sqft | Built in 1950
5465 MARYLAND ST
3 Beds, 1.5 Bath
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Single Family Home
Merrillville, IN 46410
1,512 Sqft | Built in 1957
541 W 67TH LN
4 Beds, 2 Baths
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Single Family Home
Merrillville, IN 46410
1,834 Sqft | Built in 1961
1200 WESTFIELD WAY
4 Beds, 3 Baths
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Town And Country
Single Family Home
Mundelein, IL 60060
3,379 Sqft | Built in 1997
3648 WHITE EAGLE DR
5 Beds, 3 Baths
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White Eagle Club
Single Family Home
Naperville, IL 60564
2,896 Sqft | Built in 1996
1609 EDINBURGH DR #117-5
3 Beds, 3 Baths
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Tri Village
Townhouse/Condo
Bartlett, IL 60103
1,826 Sqft | Built in 2005
2301 SUMMERLIN DR
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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Townhouse/Condo
Aurora, IL 60503
1408 KENMORE AVE
3 Beds, 1 Bath
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Round Lake Beach Ridgewood
Single Family Home
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
968 Sqft | Built in 1955
636 PEARCES FRD
5 Beds, 4 Baths
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Single Family Home
Oswego, IL 60543
2,800 Sqft | Built in 1988
84 PUEBLO RD
3 Beds, 1 Bath
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Boulder Hill
Single Family Home
Montgomery, IL 60538
988 Sqft | Built in 1960
2015 ROLLING RIDGE LN
2 Beds, 2 Baths
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Lindenhurst
Single Family Home
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
1,475 Sqft | Built in 1961
260 GREGORY M SEARS DR
4 Beds, 3 Baths
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Single Family Home
Gilberts, IL 60136
1,801 Sqft | Built in 2003
2008 TYLER TRL
3 Beds, 3 Baths
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Mchenry
Single Family Home
Mchenry, IL 60051
1,981 Sqft | Built in 2006
11214 E RIVIERA DR
5 Beds, 4 Baths
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Single Family Home
Spring Grove, IL 60081
3,200 Sqft | Built in 1998
1 of 16 8545 NOTTINGHAM AVE
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Single Family Home
Burbank, IL 60459
1,401 Sqft | Built in 1989
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1 of 8 27 E 138TH ST
3 Beds, 1 Bath
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Single Family Home
Riverdale, IL 60827
1,650 Sqft | Built in 1898
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1 of 58 6931 S WABASH AVE
3 Beds, 1.5 Bath
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Park Manor
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60637
1,509 Sqft | Built in 1914
7210 S LANGLEY AVE
4 Beds, 3 Baths
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Park Manor
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60619
714 Sqft | Built in 1888
8917 S EMERALD AVE
3 Beds, 2 Baths
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Gresham
Single Family Home
Chicago, IL 60620
1,012 Sqft | Built in 1927
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Buying a Home in Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL is seeing rapid growth and Chicago, IL's' housing market remains not optimal with an average home price that is 23% above the 2023 national average. Chicago, IL is part of Cook county and taxes are an important factor to consider when purchasing a home whether through rent to own or a traditional purchase. The average tax rate as of 2023 for county Cook is 1.38% which is above the national average, which is 0.99%.

Median Home Price in Chicago, IL

Median Rent in Chicago, IL

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Average Cost of Living in Chicago

The average cost of living in Chicago is 6.9% higher than the national average and 13.5% more than the state average. There are cheaper places to live nearby. For example, Cicero's cost of living is 8% lower than Chicago, but other neighboring towns, such as Oak Park, are more expensive at 25.3% above the national average. What makes the city more expensive than other cities in Illinois is transportation costs, which are 32% more than average for the state and 38.5% more than the rest of the country. Otherwise, Chicago is more affordable than average and is exceptionally low for a large city with such an impressive economy and array of amenities.

Average Home Prices in Chicago

The median cost of a home in Chicago is $229,100, which is almost 30% higher than the Illinois average but nearly 1% lower than the national average. Homes not far from Chicago vary significantly in price. In Berwyn, the average cost is almost 9% lower at $208,900, while average home prices in Lincolnwood are $366,500 - nearly 60% above the value of a house in Chicago. Considering the job opportunities in the area, housing prices in the city are very reasonable, which makes Chicago an excellent opportunity for a rent-to-own home.

Chicago Statistics

If you're interested in Chicago rent-to-own homes, don't forget to consider important factors in addition to monthly living costs, such as average commute, taxes, crime rates, etc. The following are some common Chicago statistics compared to the U.S. national average.

Chicago Averages National Averages
One-Way Commute 34.6 minutes 26.4 minutes
Violent Crime 49.9 22.7
Property Crime 46.3 35.4
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 3.9%
Income Tax Rate 5.0% 4.6%
Air Quality 48 58
Water Quality 31 55
Median Household Income $47,831 $53,482
Median Property Taxes $4,800 $2,200
Utilities $150/month $112/month
Monthly Rent $1,943 $1,470
Median Home Cost $229,100 $231,200
Median Home Age 67 years 40 years

Popular Amenities and Attractions in Chicago

There's never a dull moment in sports in Chicago. The Bulls in the NBA, the Bears in the NFL, the Cubs and White Sox in MLB, the Blackhawks in the NHL, the Fire FC in MLS, and the Sky in the WNBA provide year-round sporting events and rivalries for loving Chicago fans.

The city is located along a portion of Lake Michigan - one of the Great Lakes. You can take advantage of various types of water sports, walking and biking paths, lakefront restaurants, and picnic areas if you enjoy the water. You can also try sailboating, speedboating, joining a boat tour, and even enjoying a meal on a cruiser. Just off the water, you can enjoy all 7.08 acres of Lake Shore Park's tennis courts, running track, playground, gym, and fitness center.

If you like animals, you can enjoy a free visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo, located in the middle of the city, or check out the Shedd Aquarium. Stop off at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, restored to its original form, to check out its 19th-century art, design, and architecture. When you're done there, you can walk over to the Magnificent Mile to spend the rest of your day dining and shopping at its restaurants and stores, or visit some of the other many parks and recreational areas, museums, and other attractions in the city.

Chicago has a vibrant downtown with plenty of shops and a variety of late-night eateries. You can find housing types ranging from condos to single-family homes in the city. Whatever your preference, there's a home and a neighborhood that's ready to welcome you. When you're ready to move to a rent-to-own home, make sure to put the Windy City high on the list of cities to consider.

Chicago, IL Frequently Asked Questions

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The state tax rate is 4.95% on top of the federal tax rate of 10 to 37%.

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