My goal is to be able to live comfortably, not have a car note, save each month, travel as I like(I don’t care if I have to fly Spirit lol) and have a rock solid emergency fund so I don’t have to worry about corporate layoffs or some random emergency.
Chicago is a good city for game. I’ve been there a couple times in my life.
I imagine I could do that rent if I wanted once I have the skills to switch jobs.
There's so many good things about Chicago I can write a whole list of them if I really wanted to.
I think you can be fine with even 60k. It doesn't sound like you're trying to go out and hit fine dining spots every night and buy a buncha nice clothes all the time and expensive sht, get bottle service/vip tables at clubs and whatnot.. Don't really need a car in Chicago too we have one of the best public transportation systems.
Starting out you might not even want to get a place that costs $2800-3000.. for myself I always wanted a real nice place. The type of place I have now, I pay even more than that but it's.. practically a dream apartment. I've had girls tell me "this is the type of places you see on pinterest boards" and sht lol.
You can get something that is like $1800-2200 and be fine as long as you're okay with a studio apartment. Or an apartment thats similar to a studio apartment but with a separate bedroom. IT'll be prob 500-650 sq ft max though. The appliances and stuff will still be new/semi luxury though.
If you want something cheaper, you can find like a $1400-1500 but a bit further out from downtown -- maybe 10 mins away driving in an older style building but still kinda small and studio style.
There's something for everyone in Chicago --its all about just hunting them out-- most of the good stuff is gone fast so you have to constantly be on the lookout. You can find a non realtor listing for ap lace on the northside thats actually got a nice size and all that, older building but maybe 15-20 min drive from downtown for around $1400-1500 but without it having to be a tiny studio..
So as you see, these are 4 diff options I listed, with varying sizes, varying age of the building/newer/older appliances , luxury/semi luxury vs non luxury, studio vs non studio, 500-650 sq ft vs maybe something 750-900 sq ft with a separate bedroom vs studio.
And all still relatively close to downtown.