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Apartment Hunting

Searching for a new place in Chicago or nearby suburbs? Here are some sites you may want to try for a rental or apartment finding service:

Apartment People

Apartment Finder

Apartment Guide

Chicago Apartment Hunter

By Patricia Smolin on June 20, 2012 Categories: Housing, Rent

Finding an apartment with is a new website using social networking to search for an apartment. Similar to the consumer-reviewed site Yelp, users can leave remarks of buildings they currently or used to live in. You can also create your own RentSocial profile using your info from Facebook. The site gives an “activity feed,” where building owners, friends and neighbors can post messages. It’s all free of charge to users (the site makes money by charging building owners a monthly fee to be listed).

By Patricia Smolin on April 19, 2012 Categories: Consumer, History, Rent

Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair tomorrow 10/20/10

Tomorrow is the Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair at the Forest View Educational Center from 11a-3p.  Meet with local employers and learn about assistance with: Healthcare, Employment, Food, Housing, Credit, Financial Planning, Utilities, Domestic Violence, and Other Supportive Community Services.

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Employment, Finance, Health, Housing, Jobs, Rent

Rental Housing in Illinois

A number of state agencies have joined together to introduce a new website,, that is a free service to provide easy access to information about housing opportunities across the state of Illinois.

All property providers of rental housing can use this tool to advertise their properties free of charge and in great detail. Listings can include pictures, maps, and information about nearby amenities like libraries, parks, schools, and hospitals. Anyone can visit the website to search for available rental housing.

Prospective tenants are able to:

  • Browse up-to-date listings of rental properties for FREE
  • Search by location, rent amount, eligibility requirements and much more
  • View property features, pictures and maps
  • Determine the rent you can afford
By MPPL on August 19, 2009 Categories: Housing, Rent