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What $525K buys in Chicago right now

Check out homes in Streeterville, South Loop, and Wrigleyville

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 $525,000. Vote for your favorite below.

Near West Side

A three-story rowhouse with a red brick exterior and red details above the windows and cornice. It sits on a tree-lined street with a vacant lot on the left and two similar homes attached on the right.
A living and dining room with a staircase, a brick accent wall, bay window, and recessed lighting.
Corner view of a kitchen with white stone counters and backsplash, red wood cabinets with stained glass details, and a stainless steel dishwasher, cooking range, and hood.
A bedroom with brown wallpaper and white walls with a bay window and red wood floors. The bed has a modern black frame and is flanked by black nightstands topped by green lamps with rectangular shades. VHT Studios/Compass listing agent Carla Mina

Let’s start things off with this historic Italianate rowhouse located near the United Center on Chicago’s Near West Side. The home dates back to 1888 and retains much of its historic charm in the form of a masonry exterior, grand staircase, exposed brick walls, and stained glass windows. A recent 2016 renovation brought the modern convenience of an open floor plan, contemporary fixtures, and new cherrywood floors. Own it for $515,000.

South Loop

A four-story former commercial building with a brick facade and limestone details.
A living room with a brick wall and two large windows. A blue velvet sofa sits on a white shag area rug and is joined by a glass coffee table and a white leather barcelona lounger.
The white room has a gas fireplace with a gray surround and white mantle. It’s next to a square glass dining table with four modern wood chairs.
The living room connects to a kitchen with a slate floor, brown wood cabinets, and three metal pendant lights. Redfin listing agent Jessica Reddick

Next up is this attractive two-bedroom loft in an old Michigan Avenue building in Chicago’s South Loop. Inside, the bright, “architect owned” unit features an impressive living and dining room with a soaring timber ceiling, fireplace, and brick accent wall below a lofted master suite. Stairs lead up to a second bedroom, a den, and a spacious private roof deck. Pick it up for $520,000.


A contemporary two-story residence with a raised front door and one large square picture window per floor. There is a black metal fence and the lot next door is vacant.
A long, rectangular living room with wood floors, white walls, sofa, and coffered ceiling. A staircase to the second level is visible as well as a circular dining table surrounded by four gray chairs.
An all-white kitchen with a marble waterfall island, stainless steel stove, white pendant lights, and a blue tile backsplash.
A neutral colored bedroom with wood floors, white walls, and a window revealing a leafy tree. The bed has white and beige covers. Redfin listing agent Alysa Peterson

Located three miles south on Michigan Avenue is this brand new construction single-family home in Bronzeville. Situated on an oversized lot, the South Side property features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a white chef’s kitchen, and a detached two-car garage. Seeking $519,900, the home is close to the Green Line, Washington Park, and the DuSable Museum of African American History.


VHT Studios/@properties listing agent Sam Cusentino

In Wrigleyville, $519,900 gets you this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on the second floor of a historic greystone three-flat. The residence is full of old-school touches including beautifully preserved woodwork, a fireplace with dentil moldings, an art glass window in the front room, and a sunny breakfast room out back. It’s within walking distance of the Red Line, a Whole Foods, and—of course—the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.


Mario Greco, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

Last up we have an updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the 39th floor of Streeterville’s midcentury Plaza on Dewitt condo tower. Featuring Lake Michigan views from every room, the renovated residence boasts built-in bookshelves, hardwood parquet floors, and a custom kitchen with high-end appliances and Carrara marble counters. Building amenities include a pool, gym, and door staff. It’s listed for $524,500—reduced from $575,000.


Which home would you buy for $525K?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Near West Side
    (158 votes)
  • 14%
    South Loop
    (87 votes)
  • 16%
    (104 votes)
  • 19%
    (118 votes)
  • 23%
    (147 votes)
614 votes total Vote Now