For urban living at its best, look no further than Chicago, IL. The streets are wider and cleaner here, making Chi-Town one of the most walkable cities in the nation. Whether you rent a classic brownstone in the elite Gold Coast neighborhood or a modern loft in a downtown high rise, enjoy the sunshine on your face as you stroll to countless restaurants, boutique shops and high-end retailers. The city also boasts excellent public transportation should you need to travel farther.
The cost of living in Chicago is very affordable compared to other large cities. You can get tickets to dozens of Broadway shows here for Off-Broadway prices, and while there are quite a few gourmet eateries in the city, you can also grab a delectable Chicago-style hot dog—complete with mustard, peppers and a pickle spear—from a street vendor for just a few dollars. By day, relax on the beach or go for a run on the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, gazing at the tranquil, blue water of Lake Michigan without traveling to an exotic destination. By night, check out any of the rooftop bars or intimate blues clubs peppering Chicago's best neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park, West Town and Bridgeport. Wherever you choose to call "home," Chicago boasts stunning architecture, friendly people, endless entertainment and rental properties at prices you can afford.