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What $675K buys in Chicago right now

See homes in East Lakeview, River North, Kenwood, 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 $675,000. Vote for your favorite below.

East Lakeview

A corner living room with glass walls, a white polished floor, and white ceiling. There’s a gray area rug, leather Barca loungers, sofa, and ding room table.
A kitchen with white cabinets, counters, cabinet, and floors. The sink, dish washer, and cooking range are stainless steel.
Bedroom with hardwood floors, a single vertical column, and windows overlooking Lakeview. The floor, headboard, and night stands are wood. The pillows and blankets are white. VHT Studios, courtesy Compass listing agent Kat Barry

A den with an orange couch, TV, artwork, lamps, and house plants. The living room is visible beyond through an open doorway.

Let’s start with this smartly updated Lakeview home in the midcentury Mies van der Rohe-designed tower at 340 W. Diversey Parkway. Created by combining two smaller units, the sharp-looking residence has room to spread out. It includes an upgraded white kitchen and four bedrooms (two master suites and one staged as a library). The “less is more” home is asking $675,000.

River North

Open-plan living room and kitchen of a corner condo with glass walls and hardwood floor. There’s an island with white counters and a sink and four pendant lights hanging down.
A wood dining table with six modern black and white chairs. It’s surrounded by a house plant and a sliding glass door leading to a music room with a keyboard and bookshelves.
A  white kitchen countertop with wood cabinets with metal horizon handles and stainless steel appliances including a microwave, stovetop, and fridge.
Looking out across a white bedspread, the bedroom has white walls with sliding closet doors, and single round column, a mirrored dresser, and views of the city beyond. Courtesy Redfin listing agent Sarah Ziehr

Next up is this two-bedroom, two-bathroom corner condo in River North which offers sweeping southwest views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Perched on the 14th-floor of 110 W. Superior Street, the downtown residence is highly upgraded and features custom flooring, an updated kitchen, mood lighting, electronic shades, and a smart thermostat system. Pick it up for $675,000.

Lincoln Park

A large living/dining/kitchen space with wood floors and timber ceilings. There’s a dining table, two lounge chairs, and a grandfather clock.
Corner bedroom with brown brick walls, nine windows, an area rug, rocking chair. bed, and back fireplace.
Another bedroom with timber ceilings, brick walls, and a dedicated sitting area. A staircase leads up from the level below and there are three windows.
A kitchen with modern white cabinets, stainless appliances, and dark stone counters. The walls above are blue and decorated with antique signs including a large red one that reads “eat.” Courtesy Matt Silver, Urban Real Estate

Here’s a rustic three-level loft in the former Common Sense Novelty Company on Sheffield Avenue. Spanning 2,700 square feet, the roomy two-bedroom has exposed brick walls, 15-foot-ceilings, new oversized windows, refinished hardwood floors, two remodeled bathrooms, and a playful baby blue and white kitchen with a curving breakfast bar. The $685,000 asking price includes garage parking, extra storage, and access to a shared roof deck.


An exterior view of a narrow greystone mansion with a front stoop and Romanesque details. The lot to the left is unoccupied and a large oak tree stands in the parkway.
An entryway of the older home has lots of original wood details between the rooms and an ornate carved staircase.
A butler’s pantry with Built-in wood shelves with glass doors. The cabinets have various glasses and dishes inside. The space connected to a dining room with a wood table and chairs.
A kitchen with older wood cabinets and dated appliances. There two windows, also trimmed in wood, as well as a butcher block island and globe-like lights. Courtesy Andrew Scalercio, Dream Town Realty

Buyers looking for an older home with even more space will find plenty to like about this greystone along historic Ellis Avenue in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. The Romanesque revival mansion was built by brewing magnate Matthew Gottfried in 1893 and more recently appeared on Chicago PD. The seven-bedroom property includes a separate coach house. It is seeking $675,000, but needs some updates, according to the listing notes.

Rogers Park

A blue and white Victorian home with a covered front porch, octagonal corner turret, and a rooftop gable. The home stands in the middle of a landscaped lot with bushes, shrubs, and a wooden fence.
A living room with brown walls, hardwood floors, and white cased openings between a foyer and dining room. There’s a beige sofa, green chair, and steamer trunk being used as a coffee table.
A second floor landing next to the wooden staircase with a sitting area. There is a stained glass window on the left and three smaller windows on the right.
A kitchen with brown walls and a white ceiling has wooden cabinets and a granite countertop on a rectangular island with a metal sink. Courtesy Jill Burgin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

In Roger’s Park, you can get this equally old-school Queen Anne Victorian built in 1891. Situated on a landscaped double lot, the beautifully maintained single-family home features a classic front porch, hardwood floors, a grand staircase, and seven bedrooms. The house is a bit more expensive than the others—listed for $695,000—and a large family might find its single full bathroom to be in high demand.


Which home would you buy for $675K

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    East Lakeview
    (137 votes)
  • 18%
    River North
    (92 votes)
  • 22%
    Lincoln Park
    (114 votes)
  • 11%
    (58 votes)
  • 20%
    Rogers Park
    (103 votes)
504 votes total Vote Now