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What $800K buys in Chicago right now

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Check out homes in Lakeview, South Loop, and Ukrainian Village

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 $800,000. Vote for your favorite below.


A three-level greystone building with a raised front entrance and a protruding bay windows. It stands on a residential street and is flanked by similarly sized homes.
A living room with white walls, wood moldings, and a fire carved fireplace. It is furnished with blue chairs, a circular glass coffee table, and a metal desk. The bay window has beige treatments.
A dining room with a glass-topped wood table surrounded by neutral chairs and a banquette. There is blue damask wallpaper, a crystal chandelier, and a gold-lined mirror.
A kitchen with light wood cabinets, dark stone counters, a brick-like tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Courtesy Reding listing agent Nathan Ortiz

Let’s start in Lakeview with this charming four-bedroom condo inside a restored old-school greystone dating back to 1896. The two-level residence retains plenty of historical touches including original moldings, wood pocket doors, and fireplace. The formal dining room boasts dramatic blue wallpaper while the updated kitchen opens to a rear deck overlooking a private backyard with a gas fire pit and synthetic turf. Own it for $775,000.

West Town

A contemporary four-level home on a narrow lot. The structure has large rectangular windows in from and two balconies on its top two floors. It is topped by a modern trellis of metal panels.
A bright living room with white walls, light wood floors, and a high ceiling. It is decorated with a black grand piano and midcentury modern furniture including an Eames lounge chair.
An all-white kitchen with modern acrylic cabinets, island sink, countertop range, metal hood, and breakfast bar. A large window overlooks a rear terrace.
A rooftop terrace with gray wood decking and stairs leading to the level below. The space provides a tree top view of the neighborhood and Chicago skyline beyond. Courtesy Redfin listing agent Nicholaos Voutsinas

Buyers with more modern tastes will find lots to like about this contemporary single-family home in West Town, listed for $779,000. The three-story, four-bedroom property features floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the minimalist living room and sleek all-white kitchen with natural light. The home has three outdoor balconies plus a rooftop deck offering views of the Chicago skyline.

South Loop

A living area with a white brick fireplace topped by modern artwork. Two steps up lead to the kitchen area with large “Eat” text on the wall.
A sunny kitchen with white cabinets, an island with concrete counters, steel appliances, and a subway tile backsplash. Three house plants hang from the ceiling and a glass double doors open to a small balcony.
A bedroom with neutral plaid bed with white and pastel pink spread. There’s a small home office area with a white desk and a map of the world on the wall.
A walk-in shower with glass walls and wrap-around white stone tilework. A rectangle soaking tub stands to the left. Photos by VHT Studios, courtesy Compass agent Lauren Mitrick Wood

Located on a quiet street in the South Loop’s Prairie District neighborhood, this renovated three-bedroom townhouse offers updated interiors and three private outdoor areas including a rooftop terrace. Built in 2001, the home boasts a brick fireplace, refreshed bathrooms, and a bright kitchen with new appliances, concrete counters, and a subway tile backsplash. Pick it up for $825,000.


A neutral living room with dark wood floors, a coffered ceiling, and gray stone accent wall with a built-in gas fireplace and TV. It’s decorated with a plush gray sofa and a circular glass coffee table.
A white kitchen with traditional cabinets, a large island and four stools, three pendant lights, and a smart fridge with a touchscreen display.
A dining area with a contemporary table, jewelry-like candelier, and coffered ceiling. A staircase with a wood and metal rail leads up to a second level landing.
A master bedroom with a tall gray headboard and white pillows and blanket. There’s a black and white area rug and white curtains line a three-pane bay window at the far side of the room. Photos by VHT Studios, courtesy Dream Town Realty agent Aaron Vanderbilt

On Chicago’s South Side, $824,900 gets you this sprawling single-family home inside a gutted 1888 historic greystone along Bronzeville’s South Saint Lawrence Avenue. Although sparse on original architectural interior details, the rehabbed property offers more than 5,600 square feet of living space including six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms across its three levels.

Ukrainian Village

An exterior view of a brick and limestone church with neo gothic architecture including arched windows and a corner belltower.
An open, unfurnished living space has a gray kitchen with three pendant lights and an island. The room has white walls, wood floors, and arched windows.
A corner bedroom with dark wood floors and four old stained glass windows with green, blue, and yellow patterns and arched tops.
A walk-in white marble shower with a shower head and controls on the right and a gothic stained glass window on the left. The old window has a crown and cross imagery. Courtesy @properties listing agent Jodi Serio

This unusual residence is located in the landmarked former St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church building in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. The $849,000 unit is one of nine condos carved out from the historic 1905 Gothic Revival style structure. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home spans two floors and features a blend of contemporary fixtures and original architectural details. The stained glass window in the marble walk-in shower is a particularly interesting touch.


Which home would you buy for $800K?

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  • 17%
    (109 votes)
  • 27%
    West Town
    (178 votes)
  • 12%
    South Loop
    (82 votes)
  • 10%
    (68 votes)
  • 31%
    Ukrainian Village
    (199 votes)
636 votes total Vote Now