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How to find housing in Chicago during quarantine

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Life indoors has undoubtedly made many elements of daily life trickier. Many are adapting well — getting comfortable with long puzzling sessions and Zoom happy hours — but others might be growing tired of staring at the same four walls. For those looking for a change of scenery, or those whose housing search has conveniently coincided with “quar”, the already difficult task of finding a new place to live has only been made more challenging by stay-at-home orders and other necessary safety measures.

Common, though, takes the stress out of quarantine apartment hunting with virtual apartment tours and a fully online application process. Our newest Chicago home, Common Adams, also has a host of included amenities (like WiFi, fully-furnished spaces, and utilities) so your new home is move-in ready. Need a hand finding the perfect place in the Second City? Here’s how to find housing in Chicago during quarantine.

More than just tech


While apartment hunting might look a bit different for the time being, there are a number of ways to explore new spaces without leaving your current one. Virtual tours, for example, allow you to envision yourself in your new home. Common, however, knows that a 3D self-guided tour often doesn’t cut it, which is why our in-house Chicago leasing agents are standing by to guide you through Common Adams’ coliving units, spacious rooftop lounge, and coworking spaces — for all your WFH needs. Now guiding over 50 virtual tours a day, our leasing agents are total pros at helping you explore your new Chicago space.

Know your neighborhoods


Researching prospective neighborhoods before a big move is crucial, and it’s only made more crucial by life in quarantine. With travel largely on pause, this new neighborhood will likely be where you spend the majority of your time, so it’s best to make sure you’re totally smitten. We’re big fans of Chicago as a whole (it was one of the first markets Common called home) but Common Addams’ neighborhood, the Illinois Medical District, is one of our absolute favorites. Sprawling greenspaces make it easy to keep your distance (and your sanity!) and a host of grocery stores and markets make living at Common Addams beyond convenient. The Medical District is also home to some of Chicago’s best restaurants — many of which are offering delivery to every corner of the neighborhood.

Finding a place is one thing. Moving, on the other hand…


Moving, while nostalgia-inducing, can be tedious. Quarantine only complicates the matter, so taking advantage of any tool at your disposal that simplifies the process is a must. Fortunately, many moving-truck rental companies are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their customers, ranging from extensive regular cleanings of rental vehicles to contactless vehicle pickup. While these measures definitely take some of the anxiety out of moving, Common Addams eases moving anxiety further with fully-furnished units complete with pots, pans, and even soap. Moving trucks are a thing of the past with Common.

What’s the move?


While this unprecedented time has created some extra obstacles for finding housing, Common Addams makes for a near-seamless transition from your old four walls to your new ones. Want to learn more about making the move to Chicago? Let one of our leasing agents lead you on a guided virtual tour of Common Addams, and see how Common makes finding a home in the Windy City a breeze.

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