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Here’s what $275K buys in Chicago right now

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Check out properties in Ravenswood, Lincoln Park, Galewood, and more

An open combination living and dining room with a fireplace, sofa, and a brick accent wall. Leafy trees are visible through the windows. VHT Studios, courtesy Jeff Baker of @properties

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 $275,000. Vote for your favorite below.


A living room with an exposed brick wall above a fireplace. An attached sunroom has a wrap-around bay window.
A long hallway lined with small frame pictures and hardwood floors. A bedroom is visible through a door on the left.
A white kitchen with stone counters and light wood flooring and a glass-block window.
A bed with a floral bedspread centered on a gray wall next to a teal dresser and a white cabinet. VHT Studios, courtesy Michael Hall of Baird & Warner

Let’s start in Ravenswood, where $275,000 gets you this bright second-floor walk-up in a handsome 100-year-old brick building. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom property comes with a 23-foot-wide living room with exposed brickwork, an adjoining sunroom, and a decorative fireplace flanked by built-in shelving. A long hallway leads to a dedicated dining room, kitchen, and a private rear porch and a shared backyard.

Ukrainian Village

A gallery style kitchen with white cabinets and counters and a light blue backplace.
A sitting area that can double as a study at the end of hallway.
A bedroom with a patterned bed top, a colorful abstract painting on the all, two small tables with lamps, and a window on the opposite wall.
An open combination living and dining room with a fireplace, sofa, and a brick accent wall. Leafy trees are visible through the windows. VHT Studios, courtesy Jeff Baker of @properties

Next up is an attractive condo on the top floor of a vintage courtyard building in Ukrainian Village. Natural light floods the unit through a bay window in the living room, illuminating an exposed brick accent wall, a fireplace, a small dining area, and a gallery kitchen. The one includes only one bedroom but also offers a rear sitting room or office. The $250,000 home is also the most affordable of the bunch.

Lincoln Park

A living area with a blue couch, white walls, and a open plan kitchen with a breakfast bar.
A kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Bedroom with a contemporary bed and balcony overlooking tree tops.
Bathroom with white tiles and stone counter and a bathtub. Redfin, courtesy Sarah Ziehr

Buyers seeking a stylish one-bedroom unit will find plenty to like about this Lincoln Park example listed for $275,000. Renovated earlier this year, the cozy 800-square-foot space boasts refinished hardwood floors, an all-white kitchen, and a small treetop balcony overlooking the building’s private pool deck.


Vis Home courtesy of Steve Nasralla of Compass

In the West Side community of Galewood, $265,000 buys this three-bedroom single-family home built in 1950. Inside, you’ll find an updated functional floorplan with a flowing layout, hardwood floors, a dedicated dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and a partially finished basement that could be expanded into a family room. There’s a yard outback as well as a detached two-and-a-half-car garage.

Gold Coast

Redfin, courtesy Jessica Reddick

Last but not least is this Gold Coast condo with Lake Michigan views. The renovated 15th-floor residence offers a single bedroom, a compact open-concept living area with a refreshed bathroom, and an upgraded kitchen with newer appliances, cabinetry, and island breakfast bar. Walk to the Mag Mile and Oak Street Beach for $264,900.


Which home would you choose?

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  • 34%
    (204 votes)
  • 7%
    Ukrainian Village
    (47 votes)
  • 14%
    Lincoln Park
    (88 votes)
  • 14%
    (87 votes)
  • 28%
    Gold Coast
    (167 votes)
593 votes total Vote Now