clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Featured stories

Latest Stories

What Chicago homebuyers need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

We’ve sourced expert opinions from real estate industry pros about what it’s like to buy a house right now.

What Chicago renters need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

We’ve compiled resources and answers for renters and homeowners most urgent concerns.

From Vox Media

We're building great things, and we need your talent.

How ADUs could transform Chicago into a more affordable, accessible place to live

Here’s what you need to know about the return of coach houses, granny flats, and other accessory units.

How to research the history of your Chicago home

We’re all spending a little more time at home—here’s what you can learn about your historic house online.

An illustrated guide to Chicago architecture

Get to know signature styles from Chicago School, Prairie, and Millennium Modern.

Here’s why you should bike year-round in Chicago. Even in winter.

Expert advice from veteran cyclists.

Filed under:

  • Map

27 iconic Chicago buildings that everyone should know

From Tribune Tower to the South Shore Cultural Center, these buildings are the heart and soul of the city.

Filed under:

  • Map

13 megadevelopments that will transform Chicago

A guide to the massive projects that could change the entire city.

How Fulton Market lost the last of its grit

In the last decade, the neighborhood has become a Disneyfied version of itself.

Filed under:

How buying a house activated all of my anxieties

Purchasing a home means phone calls—and late-night worries about gentrification.

Chicago and coronavirus: Life in the city during stay-at-home orders

How 6 Chicagoans are coping.

Want the Chicago loft of your dreams? Look at these 5 neighborhoods.

Enjoy open floorplans, high ceilings, exposed brick, raw concrete, or timber beams.

Filed under:

  • Map

Chicago’s 25 most expensive homes for sale right now

See the blockbuster houses and condos on the market.

Where to live in Chicago in 2020

Take the worry out of home hunting with seven neighborhoods worth checking out this year.

Abandoned properties to dream homes: Buying a house through Cook County’s land bank

The land bank makes long-time vacant properties accessible for individual homebuyers, too.

This stream has:

Lincoln Yards: A mixed-use megaproject for Chicago’s North Branch

All the latest news regarding Sterling Bay’s transformative riverfront development.

Remaking Goose Island, one of Chicago’s great industrial hubs

After years of neglect, many of Chicago's industrial corridors are making big comebacks. Attention continues moving up the Chicago River's North Branch to areas like Goose Island.

Where to easily donate your unwanted items in Chicago

Don’t have a car? These 8 places offer free pick-ups of bulky items like furniture, books, and appliances.

Filed under:

  • Map

Chicago’s most endangered buildings of 2020

Preservation Chicago named the Thompson Center, Union Station Power House, and others to its annual list.

Feast your eyes on Curbed’s favorite Chicago apartment tours

From Robert A. M. Stern’s deco One Bennett Park to Jeanne Gang’s angular Solstice on the Park.

Filed under:

  • Map

Chicago’s greatest remaining Gilded Age mansions

Surviving remnants of the indulgent bygone era exist throughout the city—if you know where to look.

Saving Bronzeville’s Forum: Preservationists look to future by honoring the past

The redevelopment could be a catalyst for revitalizing the 43rd Street corridor.

Filed under:

  • Map

Mapping the 34 high-rises under construction in Chicago right now

Dozens of projects rising over 100 feet are in the works.

Filed under:

  • Map

16 Brutalist buildings that every Chicagoan should know

Love it or hate it, brualism deserves to be recognized.

Inside our favorite Chicago homes

The best House Calls showcase the storied dwellings—and lives—of our neighbors.

Filed under:

  • Map

15 Chicago developments to watch in 2020

From Vista Tower’s opening to the sale of the Thompson Center, these storylines will define Chicago in the new year

The debate over how Chicago should build affordable housing, explained

It’s a balancing act between progressive city officials and developers.

Filed under:

  • Map

18 small towns near Chicago you need to visit

Escape for a day, or weekend, to any of these towns just a short drive away.

Looking for Chicago’s Printers Row? It’s on Ravenswood

Scrappy letterpress operators and screenprinters are carving out an analog niche

Filed under:

  • Map

Chicago’s 10 most senseless demolitions, mapped

The city’s historic preservation movement didn’t always exist.

150 North Riverside claims its place in Chicago’s skyline

The finely tuned office tower and its new park space carries Chicago’s architectural legacy into the 21st century.

Filed under:

  • Map

12 modernist buildings every Chicagoan should know

Steel-and-glass mid-century masterpieces by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other visionaries.

Why Chicago’s Thompson Center is worth saving

A sale of the James R. Thompson could mean the end for the Helmut Jahn-designed structure.

Filed under:

  • Map

15 best vintage furniture stores in Chicago

From eclectic antique markets to curated midcentury modern shops.

Filed under:

  • Map

Mapping the West Loop’s unprecedented development boom

A look at the 58 projects in the pipeline.

Filed under:

  • Map

The most beautiful historic interiors in Chicago

There’s beauty everywhere: Theaters, fieldhouses, apartments, lobbies and libraries.

Saving Chicago’s historic churches: Preservationists prepare for a crisis (Part I)

With the Archdiocese in crisis, dozens of sacred spaces throughout the city are at risk of closure and eventual demolition

Filed under:

  • Map

Revisit Ferris Bueller’s Chicago

You can take a cinematic tour of 1980s Chicago featured in the classic John Hughes film.

Built in 1926, West Rogers Park ‘bungalow mansion’ asks $685K

It was last sold for $300K in 1992.