Chicago Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (October 2023)

Self storage has become crucial for navigating major life events. It can be particularly useful for events such as moving, downsizing and when changes in household composition occur, as well as when engaging in home remodeling projects and organizational endeavors. Chicago offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in Chicago, IL?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Chicago is $132/month, a decrease of 3.7% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 4.6% year-over-year decrease, registering an average of $124 in October, 2023.

Chicago self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Chicago self storage market includes several other types of units that can vary in terms of size and amenities, and naturally, price.

For instance, a 5x5 self storage unit in Chicago rents for $48, while a 5x10 unit would cost $80/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $230/month. Non-climate-controlled units typically come with lower price tags than their climate-controlled counterparts of the same size.

Non-Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $48
5x10 $80
10x10 $132
10x15 $178
10x20 $230
10x30 $327
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $48
5x10 $81
10x10 $140
10x15 $187
10x20 $258
10x30 $387

* Average monthly rates for Chicago in October 2023.

Average storage unit cost in Chicago by neighborhood

Self storage prices can vary depending on location as some neighborhoods might offer more budget-friendly self storage rates than others.

You can find cheap Chicago storage units in Pulaski Park, where the standard self storage unit goes for $72/mo. on average, in Chicago Lawn, where renters pay $79/mo. on average, and in Mount Greenwood, where the average street rates hover around $82/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out self storage listings, and their average street rates, in North Lawndale ($94) and Albany Park ($97).

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in Chicago is Lakeview with a monthly average street rate of $1,206, followed by Belmont Gardens.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Pulaski Park $72
2 Chicago Lawn $79
3 Mount Greenwood $82
4 North Lawndale $94
5 Albany Park $97
6 Bridgeport $103
7 Brighton Park $105
8 Kennedy Park $109
9 Washington Heights $114
10 Archer Heights $116
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Lakeview $1,206
2 Belmont Gardens $668
3 Downtown Chicago $283
4 Uptown Chicago $267
5 Ranch Triangle $262
6 Jefferson Park $217
7 Hermosa $207
8 South Loop $181
9 Avondale $180
10 Near West Side $177

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Want to find the best self storage deals? Browse listings in your preferred Chicago neighborhoods and Chicago Zip Codes for more details on what’s available and compare rent prices, unit sizes and amenities.

How Chicago, IL, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

How self storage costs in Chicago compare to prices in other nearby cities

Check out the table below to see how self storage in Chicago compares rent-wise to other places within a 50-mile radius.

# City Average Street Rate
1 Bridgeview, IL $166
2 LA Grange, IL $134
3 Chicago, IL $132
4 River Grove, IL $129
5 Justice, IL $118
6 Burbank, IL $116
7 Cicero, IL $108
8 Hillside, IL $107
9 Broadview, IL $103
10 Melrose Park, IL $99

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2023.

How self storage costs in Chicago compare to rates in other sought-after cities in the US

Check out the table below to see how self storage rent in Chicago compares to other popular cities in the US.

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $252
2 Chicago, IL $132
3 Las Vegas, NV $120
4 Phoenix, AZ $119
5 Austin, TX $115
6 Dallas, TX $111
7 Tucson, AZ $111
8 San Antonio, TX $109
9 Houston, TX $94
10 Indianapolis, IN $84

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2023.

Self storage market size in Chicago, IL

Chicago self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 15,696
No. of self storage facilities 149
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 11,494,424
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 3.3
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2023 2
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2023 (sq. ft.) 123,293
Average self storage rent in Chicago for a standard 10x10 unit $132

Chicago self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years. In 2022 alone, about 156,095 square feet of self storage space came online in Chicago, representing 1.4% of the existing inventory. Compared to the year before, self storage inventory in Chicago has increased by 1.4%.

Currently, there are 149 self storage facilities and approx. 15,696 storage units in Chicago. The local inventory encompasses 11,494,424 square feet of storage space, offering 3.3 square feet per capita.

A total of 123,293 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2023, a decrease of 21% compared to last year.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Chicago housing market

Total no. of households 1,112,581
Y-o-y change in no. of households 4.3%
Renter households in Chicago 604,772
Homeowner households in Chicago 507,809
Households with mortgages in Chicago 332,397
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 4.8
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 750
Average home size (sq. ft.) N/A
Average apartment rent $2,309
Median home value $295,400
Working from home (% of total working population) 11%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the Chicago housing market

Generally associated with life events, the self storage industry is equipped to respond to people with changing housing situations, whether that means moving, downsizing, welcoming a new baby, or embracing multi-generational living. Lifestyle choices are also a demand driver for self storage, including preferences for snowbirding, digital nomading and RV travelling.

Looking at the type of residential customers that the Chicago self storage sector serves, it caters to both renters and homeowners, acting as extensions of their homes when living spaces are not big enough for the things people own.

Chicago is home to 604,772 renters and 507,809 homeowners. The average apartment size in Chicago is 750 sq. ft.

Self storage for business

Alongside the residential sector, self storage responds to needs arising from conducting business. Entrepreneurs and small business owners, including brick-and-mortar retailers, can turn to self storage to store their merchandise all while keeping it accessible.

Legal and medical professionals often turn to self storage as they are generally required to keep hard copies of their records. Realtors and interior designers also find self storage particularly useful for temporarily storing staging furniture. Moreover, blue collar businesses can benefit from storing their heavy equipment and supplies close to their work site.

Self storage interest: How customers search for Chicago self storage

Interest for self storage has been growing over the last decade, as Google Trends data shows. We’ve looked at the most popular keyword used in conjunction with Chicago self storage-related searches, "self storage", to see the latest trends in consumer search habits. June, July and August are generally the most popular months for self storage searches.

Data Source:  Google Trends

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Where does our data come from?

All data related to self storage was compiled by StorageCafe, an online self storage search portal featuring nearly 27,000 listings across the U.S.

The self storage rental statistics on this page were sourced from our sister company, Yardi Matrix, the industry's most comprehensive market intelligence tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in the multifamily, student housing, self storage, office and industrial sectors. Yardi Matrix maintains operational profiles for over 30,000 self storage facilities across the U.S.

Average home size data is from PropertyShark, while demographic data is from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey.