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What $260K buys in Chicago right now

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Compare homes in Wicker Park, Uptown, South Loop, 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 $260,000. Vote for your favorite below.

Rogers Park

A living room with a white fireplace, crown molding, TV, chair, and area rug.
A window-lined sunroom with a loveseat and many house plants.
White cabinets and stainless appliances in an open-plan kitchen with a single window facing an ivy-covered wall.
A bathroom with a tile shower, white fixtures, and a gray and white shiplap wall. Courtesy Redfin agent Ryan McKane

Let’s kick things off on the far North Side with this bright second-floor walk-up in Rogers Park. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home has an updated kitchen, in-unit laundry, and a rear porch. The sunny living room features a charming fireplace, crown molding, built-in shelving, and a bay window. It’s listed for $259,900.


A corner living and dining room with wood floors, wrap-around windows, and a sectional sofa.
A pass-through kitchen with black cabinets, stone counters, and a tile backsplash.
Bedroom with a window at the far end and a neutral, digitally-staged bed and nightstands.
A bathroom space with contemporary wood cabinets, dual vanities, and twin mirrors. Courtesy Redfin agent Kathryn Schrage

For $264,500, pick up this attractive two-bedroom corner condo close to the lake in Uptown. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan spans 1,450 square feet and features stone-clad columns in the living room and a kitchen with stainless appliances and dark wood cabinets. Building amenities include a fitness center, pool deck, food market, dry cleaner, and party room.

South Loop

Timber loft living room with digitally staged dining table, sofa, and chairs.
A kitchen with light wood cabinets, tile floor, dark stone counters, and metal appliances.
A curving hallway with hardwood floors and white walls with a glass block insert.
A bedroom with a curved glass block wall and digitally staged bed, nightstands, and dresser. VHT Studios courtesy Sara Brondyke of @properties

Loft lovers will find plenty to like about this cozy, 900-square-foot one-bedroom in the South Loop’s historic 1908 Printer’s Row Lofts building. Exposed brick, large east-facing windows, and 12-foot timber beam ceiling give the space a rustic, post-industrial feel and the large open-plan kitchen includes granite countertops and a built-in wine cooler. Get it for $254,900.

Hyde Park

Exterior of a vintage apartment building with a stone entryway and brick walls.
An unstaged living room with large windows, wood floors, and a large map of the world on the wall.
A compact kitchen with white appliances, wood cabinets, and beige tilework.
Living room with dark wood trim and furniture, white walls, a large window, and a coffered ceiling. VHT Studios courtesy Coldwell Banker Residential

Buyers looking for more room can consider this South Side condo located on a tree-lined street steps from Jackson Park and the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. The 1,400-square-foot space is asking $259,000 and includes three bedrooms, a rear deck overlooking a shared backyard, and vintage details such as dark wood window trim and master bedroom moldings.

Wicker Park

A living room with pink and red paint, wood floors, and an accent wall with an angled arrangement of fluorescent tubes.
A pink-walled living room with a matching sofa flanked by two windows, a circular mirror, and fig tree house plant.
Bedroom with a bed with white covers, a metal frame, and two nightstands with lamps.
A white-colored bathroom with a tiled shower, sink, toilet, and gray shower curtain and towel. Courtesy of Michael Roytman/Core Realty

Located in a handsome 1890 brick building fronting North Avenue, this two-bedroom Wicker Park residence can be yours for $259,900. The compact 950-square-foot residence offers a living room with an eye-catching pastel paint job and a lighted art wall that could make it a popular choice among the Airbnb crowd, should you choose to rent it out.


Which home would you buy for $260K?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Rogers Park
    (138 votes)
  • 28%
    (160 votes)
  • 17%
    South Loop
    (97 votes)
  • 14%
    Hyde Park
    (80 votes)
  • 13%
    Wicker Park
    (77 votes)
552 votes total Vote Now