Where can you live for $1,000 a month?

Chicago

Address: 557 Stratford Ave., Elmhurst

Price: $265,000

Square feet: 1,575

This two-story brick Georgian is the only suburban home on our list, but it’s just outside the city and only a couple of blocks from freeways to downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. It features three bedrooms, one full bath, a newly remodeled half bath and a rec room in the partially finished basement. Refinished hardwood flooring is throughout most of the house, and the kitchen comes with a dishwasher, microwave, oven and refrigerator. As a bonus, there's also a dry bar. It seems perfect for gatherings — the fenced backyard has an outdoor brick fireplace. The Prairie Path nature trail and local elementary school are within walking distance. A Metra commuter rail station is about 2.4 miles away.

Listing agent: Marilyn Kosik, 630-640-3046, Marilyn@marilynkosik.com.