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Here’s what $1.6M buys in Chicago right now

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See homes in Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Beverly, and more

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can buy for a certain dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. We’ve found five homes at or around today’s price of $1.6 million. Vote for your favorite below.

Lincoln Park

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Ames

Let’s start things off in Lincoln Park with this attractive Belden Avenue brownstone, built in 1876 with both Victorian and Richardsonian details. At 3,650 square feet, the home includes four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a living room with original woodwork and carved staircase. Every aspect of the residence has been thoroughly updated to modern standards. A terraced patio steps up to a deck above the attached rear garage. It’s listed for $1,625,000.


Photos courtesy of the Lowe Group/Compass

For buyers with more contemporary taste, $1,589,000 gets you this five-bedroom, three-and-half-bathroom residence in Bucktown. Spanning more than 4,500 square feet, the long, narrow home boasts sleek finishes including a brand new kitchen and a stone fireplace accent wall in the living room. The residence also offers high ceilings, a killer rear deck, and plenty of light thanks to lots of windows overlooking a vacant side lot (sold separately).

Lakeshore East

Photos courtesy of Gary Richter

Meanwhile, this downtown residence on the 19th floor of the Harbor Point condominium tower is all about the views. The home features a wall of no less than 17 windows following the gentle curve of the building’s southern edge and offers stunning vistas of Lake Michigan, Grant Park, and the skyline beyond. The $1,585,000 asking price gets you three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a custom kitchen with dark cabinets, and access to the building’s extensive amenities.

Forest Glen

Photos by VHT Studios, courtesy of the Barone Group/Compass

Shoppers looking for their very own English estate will find plenty to like about this spacious 6,000-square-foot home on the city’s Northwest Side. Built in 1933, the stately manor has five bathrooms, an updated eat-in kitchen, and leaded glass windows fit for a castle. There’s also a patio with an outdoor kitchen, a heated inground pool, and an elevated deck above the garage. The home is asking $1,599,000.


Chicago Home Photos, courtesy Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Biros Real Estate

Located at the opposite end of the city, is this historic 1914 Craftsman sitting on a nearly 1-acre lot designed by famous landscape architect Jens Jensen. Surrounded by mature trees, a large lawn, and a rock-lined pond, the well-maintained South Side home spans more than 5,500 square feet and includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, an attached greenhouse, and an abundance of original architectural details. Own it for a cool $1,600,000.


Which home would you buy for $1.6 million?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Lincoln Park
    (125 votes)
  • 34%
    (198 votes)
  • 18%
    Lakeshore East
    (108 votes)
  • 12%
    Forest Glen
    (70 votes)
  • 13%
    (77 votes)
578 votes total Vote Now