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Three of the loftiest Chicago timber lofts for sale

A look at three distinctive lofts in the heart of some of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods


Thanks to generous open floor plans, exposed brickwork, soaring timber-lined ceilings, and large warehouse style windows, there’s plenty to like when it comes to Chicago’s formerly industrial lofts. While these properties were long associated with bohemian, more affordable live-work spaces, the rest of the population was quick to catch on to the appeal of loft style living.

With some of Chicago’s older commercial neighborhoods now becoming incredibly trendy places to live, the prices of many converted units have drifted well into luxury home territory. We take a look at three such examples to hit the market this week in Chicago’s East Village, West Loop, and South Loop all asking about $1.2 million.

835 N. Wood Street #401

An industrial metal front door reveals this high-end loft located in the old 1907 Meter Building in Chicago’s East Village neighborhood. Offering 2,400 square feet of space and a custom designer kitchen with built-in office just off of the living room, the $1,250,000 listing includes two bedrooms, two renovated baths, air rights for a roof deck, and garage parking for two cars.

1000 W. Washington Boulevard #438

Overlooking Fulton Market’s happening “Restaurant Row” in a former warehouse dating back to 1884, this rather unusual two-level loft sports soaring 18-foot ceilings, 100-year-old timber beams, exposed brickwork, and funky, semi-circular custom light fixtures in its main living/kitchen area. Currently in a two bedroom plus den configuration, the space could easily be adapted into a three-bedroom setup. Building amenities include 24-hour door staff, a party room, and communal rooftop deck. At $1,199,000, this loft is the cheapest of the bunch—though not by much.

1020 S. Wabash Avenue #7E

Billing itself as more of a “New York style” loft, this spacious and fully renovated South Loop property is flooded with natural light thanks to large east-facing windows. While the 1917 building may lack the rustic timber ceilings of the other two listings, sturdy slab floors do hold a major advantage when it comes to heavy-footed upstairs neighbors. Featuring three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, two living rooms, a fully upgraded kitchen, library, and music room, this 3,200-square-foot condo is currently asking $1,249,000