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What $350K buys in Chicago right now

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Here’s what you can buy in Humboldt Park, South Loop, Bronzeville, and more

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount in various Chicago ‘hoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $350,000. Vote for your favorite below.

Humboldt Park

A landing at the top of some stairs with dark floors, two wicker chairs. and a fluffy area rug.
Chairs, sofa, and coffee table arranged in an open-concept living and dining room with a fireplace topped by an exposed brick accent wall.
A kitchen with white cabinets, two windows, and a small island with two circular stools.
A bed sits in the corner of bedroom with gray walls, a nightstand, a dresser, and two windows with white curtains. VHT Studios, courtesy Molly Marino of Baird & Warner

Let’s start off today’s comparison by looking at bright this top-floor condo in a vintage greystone walk-up in Humboldt Park. Recently rehabbed, the three-bedroom unit offers a pair of bathrooms, high ceilings, refinished hardwood floors, plenty of windows, and an exposed brick wall above the living room fireplace. The unit has upgraded appliances in the kitchen and new light fixtures throughout. It’s listed for $349,000.

Portage Park

The exterior of a brick bungalow on a residential street. There are two similar homes on either side.
A sunny living room with a wall of windows, a decorative stone fireplace, and wood crown moldings.
A dining room with wood furniture, flooring, table, and six arts and crafts-style chairs.
A sitting room with a sectional sofa and desk under a sloping peaked ceiling. A bedroom and bed are visible through an open door. VHT Studios, courtesy Benjamin Turbow of Keller Williams Chicago-Lakeview

In the Northwest Side neighborhood of Portage Park, $350,000 buys this Chicago-style bungalow. Built in 1921, the single-family home features a number of old school details including a classic brick facade, a decorative fireplace, art glass windows, and wood moldings. The property could be an ideal family-friendly starter home and offers four bedrooms, a backyard swing set, and a roomy partially finished basement with a workshop.

Wicker Park

A large marble kitchen island with a cooking range under a metal hood and three pendant lights.
Living room with a black leather sofa, wall-mounted TV, and a corner fireplace surrounded by white tilework.
A bedroom with gray walls, patterned bedspread, and a translucent glass wall concealing a small bathroom in the corner.
A small balcony with two metal chairs and a small table topped with potted flowers. The space is semi-concealed behind a cinder block half wall. VHT Studios, courtesy D. Waveland Kendt of @properties

Buyers seeking a more industrial aesthetic should consider this two-bedroom Wicker Park residence, listed for $354,900. Located on a tree-lined street and a short walk from Wicker Park proper and the Damen Blue Line stop, the second-floor home has gray walls, exposed duct-work, bamboo flooring, a sleek chef’s kitchen with an oversized island, and a gas-burning fireplace surrounded by white subway tile. There’s even a small balcony just off the living room.


A bright living room under a peaking ceiling with white walls, wood flooring, a sectional sofa, and a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace mantle.
A circular glass dining table with four blue velvet chairs next to a cherry wood kitchen with marble counters and a breakfast bar.
Master bedroom with a blue velvet bed frame and a blue and white area rug. There are three windows, a wall mirror, and ceiling fan.
A bathroom with a large stone double vanity with a mirror and wood cabinetry. A shower and toilet are also visible. VHT Studios, courtesy Clare Spartz of @properties

On Chicago’s South Side, $349,000 buys this roomy top-floor condo in a newer-construction building on South Ellis Avenue. The sunny three-bedroom home offers 2,000 square feet of living space beneath vaulted cathedral ceilings as well as numerous upgrades. The Bronzeville residence features a large rear deck and is located steps from Mandrake Park and the lakefront, including 41st Street Beach.

South Loop

A corner view of a loft-style living room with brick walls and two tall windows and glass door, each leading to an exterior balcony.
A long wood dining room table with six rolling leather chairs. A kitchen with wood cabinets and a breakfast bar is visible beyond.
A large closet space with an exposed concrete column next to a bedroom with a bed, nightstand, and brick wall.
A second bedroom with a exposed brick walls, double-height windows, a small desk, and a bed in the corner.  Photos by Redfin, courtesy agent Stefanie D’Agostino

Looking a bit closer to downtown, near the border of Bronzeville and the South Loop, you’ll find this lofty two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. The bright corner unit is located in the historic Opera Lofts—a 1909 building that once served as the design workshop for Chicago’s Lyric Opera. It offers 19-foot ceilings, a pair of balconies off the living room, and access to a shared fitness center and rooftop deck. Get it for $364,900.


Which home would you buy for $350,00?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Humboldt Park
    (120 votes)
  • 29%
    Portage Park
    (328 votes)
  • 20%
    Wicker Park
    (227 votes)
  • 8%
    (95 votes)
  • 29%
    South Loop
    (325 votes)
1095 votes total Vote Now