For some people, the thought of signing an apartment lease for a year or more seems unfathomable. This may be because they are unable to commit to one place, they have the desire to keep their options open, or maybe they have to travel a lot for work and don’t want to stay in a hotel. No matter what the reason, there are many benefits to a short-term rental in Chicago. 

 

What makes short-term leases so appealing?

For most places, anything under a one year lease is considered to be short-term. There are usually two kinds of short-term leases.
Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. The first type of lease is just called a short lease. These can come in the form of three, six, or nine months. They can also come in four or five-month leases; whatever works for you and the property owner. More than likely, these short leases will look exactly like a year-long lease. They will have the same security deposit requirements and renewal options. The only difference is that the duration of the lease is less than a year.

The second type of short-term lease is known as a month-to-month lease. Just because you may opt for a month-to-month lease, doesn’t mean you have to leave within one or two months. This type of lease is usually put in place when you are unsure of how long you are going to need the apartment. Normally, when a lease with a firm end or renewal date is signed, you are legally bound to pay the rent for the full term of the lease, even if you move out before the lease expires.

When it comes to a month-to-month lease, it is assumed by both you and the landlord that any month could be the last month of occupancy. Therefore, it is often your responsibility to let the landlord know how long you are going to stay as soon as you figure it out. The nice thing about this lease is that you can usually get out of the lease and the apartment with no hassle.

 

How do you find a short-term lease apartment?

When it comes to finding a short-term apartment in Chicago, one of the easiest ways is to work with a company like Blueground. They specialize in providing furnished rentals for people who need to live and work temporarily in the city. As a real estate tech company, the goal is to make people feel at home no matter where they choose to live. This is accomplished by leasing carefully selected, ideally located properties that are all move-in ready. No matter if you need to lease for a month, a year, or longer, Blueground has the apartment for you.

Other options may include scanning local listings and talking to the landlord to see if they offer short-term leases. A person may also be able to work with a realtor to find an apartment. All of these can take a lot of time, though. It is often much easier to go with a company that offers these from the beginning.

 

Short-term rentals in Chicago you can’t miss

465 North Park Drive, Streeterville

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When looking for a short-term apartment in Chicago, some options you can’t miss include those located at 465 North Park Drive. There are several to choose from, including a studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartment. Each space comes fully-furnished and completely equipped. They are all pet-friendly and have a doorman.

Building amenities:

  • Pet-friendly, with a dog run and pet spa
  • Heated outdoor view with a view of the skyline
  • Wrap-around gym with yoga and spinning rooms
  • Open air garden with firepits and loungers
  • Indoor parking

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1 East Delaware Place, Gold Coast

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The options in this area include one and two bedrooms. These short term furnished rentals in Chicago come fully furnished with a completely equipped kitchen and a large supply of linens and towels. They are also pet-friendly and have a doorman. Living at One East Delaware means ample closet space for all of your belongings. The great view of the city is reason enough to live here. If you need a few more, then consider

Building amenities:

  • Garden with a theater wall and generous seating
  • Indoor parking
  • Gym with live-streamed Peloton classes

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201 North Garland Court, The Loop

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If you’re looking for a place that’s close to everything Chicago has to offer, then you’ll want to check out the apartments at North Garland Court. You have the option of a studio or one-bedroom apartment that are fitted with modern amenities. You can bring your pets along and always feel safe and secure with a doorman on duty. Short term apartment rentals in Chicago have never looked more chic!

Building amenities:

  • Shared outdoor pool with eyecatching sun loungers
  • Sky lounge with an herb garden and firepits
  • Indoor parking including valet parking for guests of tenants
  • Bike storage including a tune-up station and bike share

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221 West Hubbard Street, River North

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These studios and one-bedroom apartments have everything you need to get comfortable. These homes at Hubbard 221 are fully furnished and have pillow-top mattresses as well as a smart TV. Whether you are relaxing or working, you can do it in this incredibly comfortable and awe-inspiring environment, that includes access to a coworking hub, resident’s lounge, meditation and yoga studios as well as a outdoor pool and hot tub with cabanas. This coveted location a block up from Merchandise Mart keeps you close to The Loop and the Magnificient Mile.

Amenities:

  • Shared outdoor pool with cabanas and firepits
  • Indoor parking
  • Garden with grilling station and outdoor TV
  • Bike storage and repair shop
  • Gym with Fitness OnDemand
  • Dog run and pet spa

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25 West Randolph Street, The Loop

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For another option located in The Loop, there are the one-bedroom apartments at Marquee at Block 37. They offer more than 700 square feet of living space, as well as WiFi, a widescreen TV, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The style and amenities are modern, and you’ll have in-apartment laundry services. When it comes to building amenities, you’ll have access to an on-site workout room with complimentary daily fitness classes. You’ll also have access to an outdoor pool and rooftop hot tub in addition to a Game Room with billiards and a Cinema Lounge. Looking to host a weekend soiree? An attractive events room with wet bar is made available to you for a nominal fee.

Building amenities:

  • Shared outdoor pool with plenty of sunbeds
  • Rooftop garden with an impressive view of the Loop
  • Home theater for residents
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Gym with weekly classes for circuit training, Vinyasa yoga, HIIT and more

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Will these work for you?

If your work has you traveling often, then having a short-term lease could be a huge benefit. It is also beneficial if you are required to stay in the city until the project is complete.

Having temporary housing can be more cost-efficient than staying in a hotel for extended amounts of time. It’s clearly possible to find apartments that are furnished and have full-sized kitchens. You deserve to have the space to cook meals any time you want and be comfortable enough to spend time hanging out at home. Coming home to a short term furnished rental can be incredibly relaxing after a long day of work.

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