Rogers Park and Uptown have long had the cheapest rents on the north side along the lake. And they still do. Domu's data : Rogers Park studios 650 - 875, one bedrooms 780 - 1150 and two bedrooms 995 - 1425. Uptown's apartments are similar in price. In the past ten years the cheapest studios have gone up about 100 - 150 bucks a month. (Click to enlarge photo and read the ISO flyer)
On Zillow the cheapest apartment in Rogers Park is 625 for a studio. To really get a feel for price range for the area you have to check out Craigslist. Senior studio apartments are listed for 525-550. The cheapest studio is 615, the vast majority going for 650.
Compare that to Edgewater where (according to Domu) studios range from 725 - 850, one bedrooms 895-1400, and two bedrooms from 1595 - 2000.
Update - 10/30/13 1:30 pm - ISO just tweeted the link to the Facebook page of The Rent Is Too Damn High!
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Above is an example of Jennifer Pritzker's investment into Rogers Park (Mayne Stage) and the higher rents that the area is commanding (Mayne Annex). If memory serves this blogger right the one bedrooms there were going for 1100 and the two bedrooms 2000 or more. Definitely at the higher end of the rent spectrum. Right next door is Reside on Morse (data from Domu) the rents range from $836-1,461 for Studio-2 bed / 1-1.5 bath
Cursory search of the web reveals that West Ridge (Domu has a long discussion regarding the neighborhood name) generally lacks studios. One bedrooms begin at 750 and top out around 965. Two bedrooms at the lowest are 850 and at the high end 1250. Two affordable basements units are being added to West Ridge.
(Definition of affordable housing from the Chicago Tribune - The Illinois Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act considers a mortgage "affordable" when a person who earns 80 percent or less of the area's median income can pay for it by using 30 percent or less of his or her income.)
What isn't going to be discussed at the November 14th meeting on Howard Street is how much subsidized section 8 (low to no income) is still in Rogers Park. And how much of that is concentrated in North of Howard. Maybe some of that could be turned into affordable housing? Hence mixed income properties. Crime would decrease and children would have a more positive environment to grow up in.
Buying a condo or house (when possible) is a hedge against future rent inflation and a way to build and gain equity in an improving neighborhood. Do posters like this (The rent is too damn high!) mean its a good time to buy in Rogers Park?
Looking at Dreamtown the cheapest condos in Rogers Park range from 45 thousand to 100 thousand with thirty listings. Of course you have to take into account assessments and taxes which can easily add up to what someone would pay for rent alone. But if someone can afford it taxes and assessments rise at a much slower rate than rents.