South Side Chicago Apartments for Rent

Chicago's legendary South Side: home of the blues, delicious soul food, the green expanse of Jackson Park and the heart of the city's industrial and commercial might. But in recent years, there's yet another superlative to add to the reputation of the South Side: apartments and housing options that offer the best of affordability, comfort, and amenities. For Chicago families and residents looking for these qualities in affordable housing and a dynamic and historic community, welcome to sweet home South Side Chicago.

When you rent a South Side apartment with Pangea, your amenities can include:

  • On-site Laundry
  • Pre-wired Phone/Cable
  • Internet
  • Heat
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Chicago Rental Location and Population

The South Side is one of the major regions of Chicago (called 'sides' and delineated by the area's location relative to the Chicago river and its branches) and is located directly south of the downtown Chicago Loop along the Lake Michigan shoreline. South Side housing begins south of Roosevelt Road and runs south to 138th Street. The eastern boundary lies along Lake Michigan and the Indiana state line. Nearly 800,000 residents call South Side apartments home and these apartments are considered within a number of ZIP codes, including:

  • 60609
  • 60649
  • 60615
  • 60616
  • 60620
  • 60621
  • 60636
  • 60639
  • And many more!


Apartments For Rent In Chicago Southside, although located in a sprawling and large area, are well serviced by both highways and public transportation. Major highways that run through the area include:

  • I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway (runs north and south connecting to the Loop, North Side and Indiana)
  • I-90 Chicago Skyway (runs southeast connecting to Indiana)
  • I-55 Stevenson Expressway (running southwest to the Southwest Suburbs and St. Louis)
  • I-294 Tri-State Tollway (collar expressway that runs along the west side of the city and serves the North, West and South suburbs and Indiana)
  • I-57 (runs south to central Illinois)
  • I-80 (runs east and west towards Iowa)

The Chicago Transit Authority runs numerous bus lines through the area, serving apts in South Side Chicago. In fact, the South Side is the home of the most bus lines in the city. These routes are too many to list, but major routes include:

  • #28 and #28X local and express along Lake Shore Drive
  • #51 along 51st Street (connections to Red, Green and Orange El lines)
  • #62 along Archer Avenue (runs southwest through South Side and connects to Midway Airport)
  • #29 along State Street
  • #1 and #4 along Michigan Avenue
  • #8 along Halsted Avenue

South Side apts are well serviced by the CTA's El service, with four main lines servicing housing on the South Side. These include the following:

  • Red Line: runs south to 95th/Dan Ryan with major stops at Roosevelt, 35th-Sox, 69th and 95th Green Line: two branches run to Cottage Grove Avenue and 63rd/Ashland with major stops at 35th/Bronzeville/IIT, 47th Street and Garfield Avenue
  • Orange Line: running from the Loop to Midway Airports with major stops at Midway, Western, 35th/Archer and Halsted
  • Pink Line: running due west from the Loop to 54th/Cermak in Cicero and with major stops at Cicero, Pulaski, Western, 38th and Polk


South Side Community and Living Opportunities

South Side housing offers residents some of the most exciting and recreational opportunities available in the city. The Hyde Park neighborhood, along the Jackson Park shoreline offers residents immaculate beaches, green space and the wonders of the world renowned Science and Industry Museum. At 35th Street, the pride of the South Side, Chicago White Sox, play baseball in the American League's Central Division in the shadow of downtown. Just south of the Loop, one can find the eclectic and vibrant Chinatown area, with numerous authentic restaurants and shops. Housing on the South Side defies definition.

With stately mansions, comfortable bungalows and graystones, skyscraping apartment buildings and modern condos, there is something for everyone in this eclectic area. There are a number of affordable and comfortable options for those who know where to look. Some property managers provide Section 8 rentals, which are a valuable way for families to afford comfortable housing options. There are many schools in the area serving South Side residents. Public Schools are operated by the Chicago Public School System. Major post-secondary institutions, including Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago set the nation's standard for quality of education.

Shopping and Nightlife

Shopping opportunities are found all across the South Side. From a new, modern Target on Roosevelt Road to small boutique and mom and pop shops along 51st Street or Halsted Avenue, there are a number of shopping options for South Side apartments' residents. Overturning a long-standing decision, Mayor Daley has recently allowed for big box stores, such as Walmart, to return to the area, with three priming to open in the next year. Dining options abound on the South Side, but the highlights include comfort food and barbeque. More and more fine dining and experimental are entering South Side housing areas and neighborhoods such the Bronzeville neighoborhood. Many of these longstanding and new operations have drawn national acclaim, including:

  • Calument Fisheries, Inc (3259 E. 95th)
  • Medici on 57th (1327 E. 57th Street)
  • Army & Lou's (422 E. 75th Street)
  • Lagniappe Creole Cajun Joynt (1525 W. 79th Street)
  • The Chicago Firehouse (1401 S. Michigan Ave)
  • Szalas Restaurant (5214 S. Archer Ave)



The history of Chicago's South Side has filled tomes and libraries, but it very closely tied to the story of the rise of Chicago as a world-class city. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the South Side was the end-all be-all of Chicago's industrial might, housing major companies such as the Union Stock Yards and McCormick Reaper Works (now International Harvester). This industrial might drew workers of all backgrounds and cultures looking for affordable apartments on the South Side and work. The population exploded. In the 20th century, demographics changed and the area became a rallying point for the country's greatest migration, when African Americans left the south to find work and affordable housing in the north, including Detroit, Cleveland, and above all else, Chicago's South Side. Today, the South Side is seeing another renaissance, as housing opportunities improve and South Side apartments offer residents a closer connection to transportation, dining and recreation. Opportunities for affordable South Side apartments and housing still abound. It's still relatively easy to find apartments under 600 dollars, apartments under 800 dollars, or apartments under 1000 dollars in South Side Chicago. Local property management companies often accept Section 8 vouchers or have options for Section 8 housing.

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Interested in learning more about South Side apartments of apts on the South Side of Chicago? Local property management company, Pangea Real Estate, is one of the leaders in South Side housing opportunities and can help you learn more about the area and pick the neighborhood that best fits your needs and desires.