They have a nifty spreadsheet that gives you some good perspective:
If you want to rent in the South Loop you can skip Craigslist and the apartment finders / rental services and check YoChicago’s South Loop availability list.
There are only a dozen large apartment complexes in the South Loop, and we’ve listed all of them in this Google spreadsheet, and checked what’s available for rent, and what the rents are, in all of them. The spreadsheet is accurate as of the close of business yesterday. Rents listed are for 12-month leases for apartments available now through next month. All of the buildings accept cats and dogs subject, in some cases, to weight and breed restrictions.We agree that Craigslist can be very misleading and borderline fraudulent. However, if you're looking to find a unit that's not in one of the "large apartment complexes" you might have to brave Craigslist.