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Here’s what $1.2M buys in Chicago right now

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Explore your options in West Loop, Bucktown, Streeterville, and more

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what you can buy for a specific dollar amount around Chicago. We found five homes at or around today’s price of $1.2 million. Vote for your favorite below.

West Loop

VHT Studios, courtesy Nicholas A. Colagiovanni of Baird & Warner

Let’s start in the West Loop with this impressive multi-level loft residence located in a decommissioned Nabisco factory built in 1910. The former industrial space offers 28-foot ceilings and double stacked windows in the dining room, a lofted sitting area, two bedrooms, a private roof deck, and a unique barrel-shaped kitchen repurposed from one of the old factory’s brick ovens. It’s listed for a hair under $1.2 million.


Positive Image, courtesy Jovanka Corazzina of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

Enjoy unobstructed views of Lake Michigan from this unusual condo on the 15th floor of the former American Furniture Mart building along North Lake Shore Drive. Spanning an impressive 3,000 square feet, the custom-designed home features some playful geometry in its angled coffered ceilings and a throwback pastel paint job that looks more at home in 1990 than 2020. The style may not suit every buyer but is certainly unique for $1.19 million.

Little Italy

VHT Studios, courtesy Antje Gehrken of A.R.E. Partners Inc.

Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, this spacious Near West Side property offers a three-level main living unit with four bedrooms as well as a second two-bedroom apartment on the lower level. Built in 1987, the brick structure boasts high ceilings, a rear deck, front and rear yards, and a master suite overlooking nearby Arrigo Park. Get it for $1.2 million.


VHT Studios, courtesy Susan Miner of Premier Relocation, Inc.

Built in 2011, this stylish newer construction rowhouse in Bucktown has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms spread across its three levels. Flooded with natural light on nearly all sides, the property offers a large open-plan main floor with a number of designer upgrades. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a private outdoor space on the roof, and The 606 trail is a short stroll away. The Bucktown home is listed for just shy of $1.15 million.

Rogers Park

VHT Studios, courtesy Mark Keppy of @properties

Looking for something a little older and architecturally significant? In Rogers Park, $1.175 million buys this historic Prairie Style home designed by architect George Grant Elmslie in 1912. Renovated in 2015, the old-school property blends restored original woodwork, brick fireplaces, and stained glass windows with modern amenities like a newer kitchen. The finished basement includes a rec room, wet bar, cedar sauna, steam room, and massage room.


Which home would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    West Loop
    (225 votes)
  • 5%
    (43 votes)
  • 5%
    Little Italy
    (51 votes)
  • 38%
    (326 votes)
  • 24%
    Rogers Park
    (209 votes)
854 votes total Vote Now