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"It's hard for me to believe that it's been more than eight years since I moved into my studio...! It's been a great place to live, and one of the reasons why I've stayed so long is that you folks have been such great landlords...Thanks for running such a great business!"
Ellie K.

"Dear KLC Management,
On the behalf of myself and the rest of the residents in your Argyle Street building, I just wanted to express my gratitude towards you for enrolling in a recycling program and obtaining bins for us to place our recyclables in. As one who used to have to drive to the recycling center to deposit my recyclables, I found it to be very convenient as well. I would also consider the program to be an instant success based on the fact that both bins were completely filled within three days of placing them in our outside common area. I also found your gesture to be very responsible and sensitive to your tenant’s needs, which are two qualities that are very rare to find in landlords.
Thanks again."
Bill K.

"1st Chicago Apartment Rentals is also called The Schirm Firm. My husband and I have rented from them for a few years now. ... Our building manager, Branco, is extremely responsive and very nice. Branco keeps the grass and landscaping looking beautiful. During the winter, he's on top of the snow removal and putting down a lot of salt to prevent ice. He puts up notices when they are going to do their quarterly pest checks or annual water heater cleanings or any other kind of building service. He'll even help put in your a/c, if needed. We LOVE our apartment and Branco. The price is extremely affordable and in a great neighborhood (Ravenswood).

... I would recommend 1st Chicago Apartment Rentals to anyone."

Natalie V. and Brandon F.

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               Oktoberfest Special!
No Security Deposit required through October 15 for our huge, sunny Waveland Place two-bedroom apartments in Wrigleyville (home to the Chicago Cubs!), as well as the gorgeous, vintage-detail-filled one-bedroom apartments in our castle-like Tudors on Hermitage building in the Ravenswood/Lake View area (home to cool restaurants, hip stores and great parks)! 
(Note: These specials are available only for first-time tenants who sign a one-year lease for apartments in these two beautiful Chicago buildings)! 
Big, beautiful, sunny studio and one & two bedroom apartments in gorgeous vintage buildings are now available for October and November 1 move-in dates!  Call us today (773-381-0150) to make an apartment viewing appointment!
Use our many new walk-through videos to pre-view our beautiful, well-maintained, family-owned and managed apartments (many of which are "ready-for-move-in" now)! (Please keep in mind, however, that the apartments now on our vacancy list may have different  kitchen cabinets and slightly different kitchen layouts than the apartments shown in the videos. Some apartments on our current vacancy list may also have more, or less, varnished wood trim throughout the apartment and different bathroom sinks than the ones shown in the videos.  Each of our apartments is unique in its own inimitable way!)

Contact our experienced property managers by phone at 773-381-0150 or use the "Live Chat" box on the left-hand side of this page!  Or fill out our on-line application in order to be pre-approved for any of the available apartments listed on our website!  We look forward to helping you find a great apartment for your move!  

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Call us today to set up an apartment-viewing appointment 773-381-0150 (or toll-free: 888-381-0150). Apply for our apartments online (and use Paypal to pay your application fee)!

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We have beautiful family-owned and maintained buildings in several popular north-side neighborhoods.

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Video Walkthroughs

We're continually adding walk-through videos to our website!  We now have representative video walk-throughs for types of apartments in almost all of our buildings (you can also view short summertime courtyard/building videos on the main information pages for our Eastwood Square, Belle Plaine Manor and Eastwood-Lincoln Place buildings).

We're Flower and Eco-Friendly

Each May, we plant hundreds of beautiful flowers around each of our buildings (for tenants to enjoy through spring, summer and fall) and  our building engineers water the flowers and lawns for our Chicago buildings with faucet timers whenever possible in order to save water. We've also just switched over to "single-stream" recycling containers (which are picked up by special Recycling trucks each week) at all of our Chicago buildings, which will complement the front and back hallway light photocell timers, energy-efficient boilers and hot water tanks, thermopane window installations, reflective roof coatings and the energy-saving front and back hallway (and apartment kitchen) fluorescent light fixtures we've been using for several years now!

About 1st Chicago Apartment Rentals

Find beautiful, exceptionally well-maintained, family-owned-and-managed Chicago apartments for rent. See a current listing of available apartments for rent or search for apartments by neighborhood or price, using the search tool on the left.

Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and garden apartments are available in the North Side Chicago neighborhoods of Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Bowmanville, Irving Park and West Rogers Park/Indian Boundary Park.

Large rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors, gorgeous vestibules and stunning architectural detail can all be found in our lovingly maintained Chicago apartments.

The Schirm Firm-1st Chicago Apartment Rentals is a family business that has owned and managed just its own apartment buildings on Chicago's north side since 1940. Our success is attributed to our "hands on" approach and dedication to customer service.

We personally handle all facets of building management with expert knowledge developed from years of daily contact with tenants and trades people.

Our family helps you find the "right" apartment to suit your needs and facilitates all aspects of the application process, from the initial introduction to lease signing and move-in details. Tenant satisfaction is our goal!

We look forward to working with you and welcoming you into our family as tenants "under the umbrella"!

(Please note that although we do allow up to two cats in our Chicago apartments, dogs are not permitted, except as medically necessary for disabled persons, under law.)

Join us under the Umbrella

4233-4239 N. Hermitage One Bedroom Apartment
Wrigleyville / Lake View
Ravenswood / Lincoln Square

$ 1125.00 per month.
4237½ N. Hermitage (B)--  No Security Deposit (for first time tenants with a one-year lease)! Beautiful one bedro ... more (Oct 2014)  

1249-1255 W. Waveland Two Bedroom Apartment
Wrigleyville / Lake View

$ 1600.00 per month.
1249 W. Waveland --  No Security Deposit! (for first-time tenants with a one-year lease)! Ride your bike to Lincoln ... more (Oct 2014)  

4914-4918 N. Wolcott Studio Apartment
Ravenswood / Lincoln Square / 60640

$ 925.00 per month.
4914 N. Wolcott (North) --  Free cooking gas! Beautiful, huge 2-1/2 room studio with 3 big walk-in closets, high ce ... more (Oct 2014)  

5216-5222 N. Wolcott One Bedroom Apartment
Ravenswood / Lincoln Square / 60640

$ 965.00 per month.
5220 N. Wolcott --  Marvelous 4-room 1-bedroom tenant-heated apartment in hot Lincoln Square/Ravenswood! Huge kitchen, hardwood floors, formal ... more (Oct 2014)  

5000-5002 N. Winchester and 1940-1948 W. Argyle One Bedroom Apartment
Ravenswood / Lincoln Square / 60640

$ 1050.00 per month.
1940 W. Argyle --    Large, sunny Lincoln Square one-bedroom with walk-in closet, hardwood floors, roll-rim leg tub! Close ... more (Oct 2014)  

"I was referred to the Schirm Firm by a coworker who had previously rented from them & I couldn't have been more pleased with my apartment, the building engineers & with my interactions with management. They were always working on the building so it was immaculate and very comfortable to live in. And their responsiveness to any issue was incredibly fast & efficient. If I had not bought a house, I would still be renting from them."
Anna W., 2102 W. Ainslie tenant

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