Can a Chicago landlord refuse a sublese?

No.  That was easy.  But, as is usually true in Chicago landlording, there’s much more to the story.  What is a sublease anyway?  A sublease is merely a further leasing (by the tenant) of already leased property.  When a tenant, for whatever reason, is unable to meet lease obligations, that tenant might seek to lease the unit to a tenant of their own- a subtenant.  By doing so, the original tenant finds a new party to assist in meeting the lease obligations. 

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