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What $700K buys in Chicago right now

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Options include unit overlooking the Harold Washington Library and a modern condo in Lakeview

A dining room table with a chandelier and large window. Out the window, there is a view of a large brick and bronze building.
A condo in the Loop with a view of the Harold Washington Library.
Photo by VHT Studios

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago ’hoods. We’ve found five homes within $30,000 of today’s price of $700,000. Vote for your favorite below!

Wicker Park

A building exterior with a metal archway, trees, and white brick.
A kitchen with dark wood cabinets, silver hardware, and a large island with a built-in range. There is a balcony in the distance.
A living room with two grey couches, a large window and balcony, and a floor lamp.
A bedroom with a large window, a bed, a wooden bench, and two geometric wooden nightstands with matching lamps. Courtesy of Compass

A few blocks from the busy Damen Blue Line, is this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in an elevator building was just recently renovated. The unit comes with south-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows, a large kitchen island, spacious walk-in showers, and a 24-foot terrace. It’s asking $699,000.


A kitchen with very large white island and white cabinets. There are metal and glass light fixtures, two gold candle holders, and a mirrored backsplash.
A living room with a dining area in the background. There are four windows, two chairs, a couch, and bench.
An office with a desk and three chairs. There is a sliding glass door divider.
A room with a bed, hardwood floor, three large windows, and a chair. Photos by VHT Studios

The building was constructed in 1924, but this 2,000-square-foot condo was just completely rehabbed by its current owner (who’s also a designer). The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom unit comes details like stylish Italian cabinetry, brass chandeliers, and smokey mirror backsplash. This unit will set you back $699,000.

Kilbourn Park

An exterior shot of three buildings with distinct facades. One is rust-colored, the other is white brick, and the last is black with arched windows.
A dark wood interior with a large island and two light fixtures above it. There are silver appliances and lots of cabinets.
A large empty living room with hardwood floors and four narrow windows.
A bathroom with a double vanity made of granite and wood. The shower has large diamond textured tiles and a glass walk-in set up. Photos by Positive Image

This new construction comes with a striking rust-colored exterior. The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom includes massive closets, custom millwork, and designer light fixtures and tiles. There’s a large outdoor space: a backyard, frontyard, and rooftop space. The asking price is $709,000.

Irving Park

A view of the condo exterior which has a wooden fence, red door, pink planted flowers, and a spiral staircase.
A fireplace, built-in glass shelving with books and pottery, an upholstered chair, and a round table.
A view of the kitchen with a large island, blonde wood cabinets, a white staircase, and a balcony.
A bedroom with a bed against a wood room divider, two French doors with a large balcony, and side tables. VHT Studios

A modern townhouse has a cute red door and a geometric, white staircase. It comes with bright natural light, newly refinished maple floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and beautiful built-in shelves. The master bedroom has two French doors which open to a multi-level deck. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is listed for $714,000.


A living room with large windows, a corner couch, a white leather chair, and a large fireplace with a tv above it.
An office with a couch, red chair, desk, and midcentury modern wood shelving unit.
A bedroom with a dresser, bed, yellow painting, and two floor lamps.
A dining room table with a chandelier and large window. Out the window, there is a view of a large brick and bronze building. Photo by VHT Studios

This high-end condo building has it all: 24-hour door staff, a gym, movie theater, and a maid service. This particular unit has stunning views of the postmodern Harold Washington Library. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom space features a wide-plant hardwood, modern light fixtures, a Whirlpool tub, a gas fireplace, and access to a heated parking garage. Plus, this downtown location is a only a few minutes from most CTA lines. Out of all five listings, this one is on the lower end of the range: $674,900.


What home would you buy?

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  • 14%
    Wicker Park
    (205 votes)
  • 32%
    (466 votes)
  • 15%
    Kilbourn Park
    (223 votes)
  • 10%
    Irving Park
    (152 votes)
  • 28%
    (407 votes)
1453 votes total Vote Now