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Here’s what $400K buys in Chicago right now

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See homes in West Loop, Edgewater, South Shore, and more

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $400,000. Vote for your favorite below.

West Loop

An open living and dining room in a loft with brick walls, timber ceiling, and windows facing tall buildings in the distance.
A kitchen with an island, stone counters, white subway tiling, and metal appliances.
A bright bedroom with brick walls, a white bed, wood dresser, and potted fig plants.
Bathroom with double square vanities, a rectangular mirror, and black tile-lined shower. Photos by Positive Image, courtesy Compass

Let’s start with a handsome two-bedroom timber loft in Chicago’s hot West Loop. The open floorplan offers exposed brick, wood beams, and eastern views of downtown. A subway tile-lined kitchen includes stainless shelves, granite counters, and a commercial-grade cooking range. Building amenities include 24-hour door staff, a fitness center, and a shared rooftop deck. Get it for $399,000.

Printer’s Row

A corner living room with four windows, a sectional sofa, coffee table, and piano.
A dining area with a pendant light, wood table, four chairs next to a pair of windows overlook the city.
Bedroom with a purple accent wall, two windows, light wood floors, and a leather recliner and ottoman in the corner.
A compact bathroom with white tile and light pink walls. There’s a standalone vanity, toilet, and bathtub. Photos by VHT Studios, courtesy Compass

Looking closer to downtown, $380,000 gets you an attractive Printer’s Row condo. The bright, two-bedroom corner unit features a recently updated kitchen and bathrooms and a living room and dining space lined with windows offering 14th-floor views of the Loop and glimpses of Lake Michigan. The South Loop unit is listed for $380,000, making it the most affordable of the bunch.

VHT Studios, Compass


The landscaped courtyard of an older brick and stone building with Tudor details and ivy.
A large dining and living area with a peaked ceiling with dark wood beams and two fans.
A long kitchen with a peaked ceiling, wood cabinets, and dark stone counters. There is a single window at the end of the room.
A large bedroom with neutral walls, wood floors, double closet doors, and a black metal spiral staircase leading upwards. Chicago Home Photos, courtesy Baird & Warner

Located in Edgewater’s landmarked Tudor Revival Manor House complex this three-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex has an eye-catching living and dining room sporting 14-foot vaulted beamed ceilings. The unique layout includes hardwood floors, a dedicated home office, and recently updated appliances. Move into this castle-like property for $399,900.

South Shore

A gray home with a peaked gable, hexagonal turret, and large front porch. It is set back from a tree-lined street.
A row of windows illuminate a living room with a blue sofa, two white and gold chairs. and a white stone coffee table.
A large flowing space include a living room, white kitchen, and a dining room table with eight gray high-back chairs.
A white and marble bathroom with two sinks, mirrors, and a stand-alone soaking tub. Chicago Home Photos, New Avenue Realty LLC

$399,000 also buys a renovated 1895 Victorian single-family in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. The roomy, family-friendly residence spans nearly 3,800 square feet and includes an open main floor, five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a finished lower level, and a large front porch. A rear deck overlooks a grassy backyard and a detached two-car garage.


A brick bungalow with a walk-up front door, landscaping. and an American flag on a pole.
Living room with floral pattern sofas and a white brick hearth flanked by built-in wood shelves.
A kitchen with white cabinets, dark wood floors and a red island topped by light colored stone.
Second-floor space with white planks on the floor, walls, and ceiling. There are children-sized beds and a crib. Images courtesy Redfin

On the city’s South West Side, an updated brick bungalow in Beverly is available for $404,900. Built in 1921, the classic Chicago style home boasts a sunny front room with a masonry fireplace, a formal dining room with dark wood trim, and a remodeled kitchen. The structure includes a finished basement family room, and the second floor has been converted into a fourth bedroom lined with knotty pine planking and topped by skylights


Which home would you buy for $400K?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    West Loop
    (435 votes)
  • 8%
    Printer’s Row
    (84 votes)
  • 21%
    (208 votes)
  • 18%
    South Shore
    (180 votes)
  • 6%
    (60 votes)
967 votes total Vote Now