9) Chicago, IL
While the Windy City may be the least expensive city to live in on this list, the rent is still pretty pricy. On average, a one-bedroom apartment costs $1,790. You’ll find the highest rents in the desirable Near North Side neighborhood and in Downtown Chicago. If you score a great place in Chicago, you’ll quickly find that there’s lots to do in the city. Chicago is known for its harsh winters, but there are plenty of indoor activities to do when it’s snowing, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. When the weather warms up, check out the iconic Navy Pier, and walk along Lake Michigan. You can also enjoy the sunshine in Grant Park, known as “Chicago’s front yard.” You’ll also find tons of world-class restaurants in the city, including plenty of places to try Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza.
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