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Two-bedroom condo in North Center’s old Bell & Howell Building asks $396K

The relatively affordable home includes access to a giant rooftop deck


Located in the North Center neighborhood, this bright two-bedroom condo has the high ceilings, original brickwork, concrete columns, and large windows that give so many of Chicago’s older industrial buildings their charm. This particular home is situated on the fifth floor of the 1929 Bell & Howell Building—a converted factory that once supplied film equipment to the movie industry during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

History aside, the condo’s open and well-lit living area features a well-appointed kitchen connected to a breakfast bar and a dedicated dining area. Meanwhile, both bedrooms have ample closet space. Though shared, the single bathroom is sufficiently large and features a dual vanity with plenty of counter space.

If views from the fifth floor aren’t enough to satisfy, a deck on the building’s roof provides an even better vista to take in the surrounding neighborhood, downtown Chicago’s skyline, and the property’s signature nine-story and fully restored clock tower. The newly-listed loft is priced at $369,000 plus $310 in monthly HOA fees.