Living in downtown Chicago isn’t the best choice for everyone. If you prefer to be outside the city atmosphere, there are plenty of apartments in north Chicago suburbs/southern Wisconsin. Lake Forest is one such suburb, and it is a beautiful one. This upscale town is located right along Lake Michigan and it is known for its stunning homes. Lake Bluff is another northern suburb that has posh houses. There are some rental properties in both of these areas, but they may be harder to come by than areas such as Antioch or Grayslake, which have more rentals available overall.
Southern Wisconsin can also be a great pick in terms of finding an apartment. Pleasant Prairie is a smaller town near the border with Illinois that has a nice, rural atmosphere and is fairly close to both Chicago and Milwaukee. Kenosha is a larger city in southern Wisconsin that can also be a good choice. With typical Wisconsin charm, this city is nowhere near as urban as most of the Chicago suburbs, yet it offers more of a city feel than nearby Pleasant Prairie. Some people do make the commute from this area to downtown Chicago for work. It can be a bit of a drive, but for those who enjoy the Wisconsin atmosphere, it is worth it.