CHI Good Questions: Interesting Apartment for $600?

Pin it button big
The View from Lisa's Current Apartment
Lisa sent us an email and were hoping someone will have a good lead for her: I live in the perfect apartment right now: Sandburg Village (Clark & Schiller), close to work, close to entertainment, close to grocery stores. Storage and laundry in-unit. Entire south wall of L-shaped studio is windows that look down La Salle street. The problem is that I'm having surgery in the fall and need to downsize in order to save money....
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

..I only want to pay $600 a month and live in a little more than 500 square feet... I'm willing to go West or North as long as there's public transportation (I don't have a car).

Can you recommend any apartment services, areas, people, anything? All i want are big windows and no carpeting. Is that so much to ask? :) I was hoping the creators of the "small is cool" contest would have some insight... I need help because all I'm finding online are cramped basements or attics, nothing interesting (I know you know what i mean by interesting)... Thanks so much, Lisa

It's hard enough to find a great place, but having to leave it and find another that you also love - now that's a challenge. Please help Lisa out with any ideas, leads or good places to start looking. Can anyone recommend a good neighborhood that fulfills Lisa's new requirements? Please let her know in the comments below...