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Here’s what $200K buys in Chicago right now

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Explore properties in Lakeview, Bronzeville, and the West Loop

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount in various Chicago ‘hoods. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $200,000. Vote for your favorite below.


VHT Studios, Dream Town Realty

Let’s start in East Lakeview with this attractive one-bedroom in a handsome 100-year-old walkup listed for $199,000. The cozy space features a fresh coat of white paint, hardwood floors, its own rear porch, and a refreshed kitchen featuring white cabinets, granite counters, and newer stainless steel appliances. Lake Michigan and Belmont CTA stop are all within walking distance.

Belmont Gardens

VHT Studios, Elan Realty Group

A bit further west, $189,000 buys this unit in the Belmont Lofts—a 1931 building formerly owned by DeVry Technical Institute. The one-bedroom home boasts exposed concrete columns, 12-foot ceilings, large windows, and a private balcony off the living room. The complex includes a fitness center, and one heated garage space is included in the unit’s asking price.


Kapphoto, Century 21 S.G.R.

Buyers looking for more space should consider this $199,000 condo on the 18th floor of a South Michigan Avenue building in Bronzeville. Combined from two smaller units, the roomy home offers an open layout with three bedrooms, two recently rehabbed bathrooms, and hardwood flooring. Enjoy skyline views through floor-to-ceiling glass in the living room or from the unit’s two balconies.

South Shore

Keller Williams Preferred Rlty

Larger still is this completely remodeled single-family bungalow in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Built in 1913, the four-bedroom residence has nearly 1,700 square feet of living space and includes a rehabbed kitchen, two redone bathrooms with white tilework, a fully finished basement, and a generous rear yard. It’s listed for $199,000.

West Loop

VHT Studios, Compass

Located in a former 1880s-era warehouse near the Jane Byrne Interchange, this lofty West Loop studio offers easy access to the Loop, South Loop, Greektown, and Little Italy neighborhoods. The 700-square-foot space has a compact but functional kitchenette, a decent-sized walk-in closet, high ceilings, a fireplace, and a private balcony. The $195,000 asking price includes a parking space.


Which place would you buy for around $200K?

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  • 33%
    (386 votes)
  • 9%
    Belmont Gardens
    (110 votes)
  • 25%
    (291 votes)
  • 18%
    South Shore
    (212 votes)
  • 13%
    West Loop
    (162 votes)
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