We rented a one-bedroom apartment in this six-apartment building for the entire summer, so we could experience Chicago without exhausting ourselves. Cozy apartment, comfortably furnished, with big-screen TV and secure WiFi. A plus: washer and dryer in the basement that all tenants share. (The closest laundromat is three miles; local dry cleaners also offer wash/fold service.) TINY kitchen -- the only reason we didn't give the place five stars -- but we ate out every dinner, so it didn't matter. Tons of closet space! Parking passes included, but street parking is a challenge. Pay attention to parking signs, as the city tickets profusely! We rented a reasonably priced, covered space with in/out privileges three blocks north.
What to do from this central location? Walk to Lincoln Park, Second City (where SLN comics started), Magnificent Mile, and lots of other areas. Watch out for kamikaze bicycles; riders ignore traffic rules. Catch the Red Line or bus (both are close by) to...