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What $1.2M buys in Chicago right now

Properties in Bucktown, River North, Lincoln Park, and more

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today, we’ve found five homes at or around today’s target price of $1.2 million.


VHT Studios/Malone Residential

First up is this stylish, contemporary five-bedroom single-family home on an extra-wide Bucktown lot near The 606 trail. Built in 2001, the colorful property boasts an open main level with a dramatic blue living room, built-in shelving, and an updated kitchen. Other perks include a climate controlled wine room, an attached two-and-a-half-car garage, and a rooftop deck. Own it for $1,150,000

River North


For a bit more cash, you can pick up this two-level timber loft penthouse in River North listed for $1,175,000. The 2,400-square-foot floorplan offers an open living area, three bedrooms, two baths, and a lofted master suite and family room connected to a private rooftop terrace. The price includes an additional storage space in the building and heated garage parking for two cars.

Lincoln Park

VHT Studios/Keller Williams Chicago-Lakeview

If River North is a little too close to the action, consider this three-bedroom timber loft located on the top floor of a handsome 1918 building in Lincoln Park. Listed at an even $1,200,000, the bright corner unit includes walls of oversized windows, a designer kitchen, and 15-foot ceilings capped by skylights. Head upstairs and take in skyline views from the 850-square-foot deck.

Lincoln Square

Barbara O’Connor/Dream Town Realty

This midcentury modern ranch in Budlong Woods, north of Lincoln Square, was designed by notable architecture firm Keck & Keck and offers over 4,000 square feet of living space across a single level. Built in 1946, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence features terrazzo floors with radiant heat, a commercial-grade stainless steel kitchen, and vaulted living room with a brick fireplace lined with a wall of windows—a trademark of Keck designs. It’s listed for 1,199,000.


MRED/MetroPro Realty

Dating back to 1890, this Kenwood mansion offers some wonderful old-school charm like marble fireplaces and wood paneling. While the home boasts updated AC, plumbing, electrical systems and a recently replaced roof, there are still some aspects that could benefit from a refresh—namely the kitchen, the bathrooms, and some of the more dated-looking bedrooms. That being said, the stately South Side property delivers 6,200 square feet of historic charm for $1,200,000.


Which home would you buy for $1.2 million?

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  • 11%
    (93 votes)
  • 25%
    River North
    (199 votes)
  • 22%
    Lincoln Park
    (179 votes)
  • 34%
    Lincoln Square
    (273 votes)
  • 5%
    (40 votes)
784 votes total Vote Now