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What $600K buys in Chicago right now

See options in Lincoln Park, Logan Square, South Loop, and more

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 $600,000. Vote for your favorite below.

Lincoln Park

A minimalist living room with white walls and light hardwood floors. There is a minimalist kitchen counter on one side of the room and a wall of windows on the other.
A wood dining table surrounded by eight chairs in front a wall of floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves.
A gallery style-kitchen with modern white cabinets, integrated metal appliances, and hardwood floors.
A corner bedroom with a contemporary wood framed bed and floor windows overlooking a park and large body of water. VHT Studios, courtesy @properties

Let’s start in east Lincoln Park with this sleek-looking condo on the 20th floor of the Commonwealth Promenade Apartments, a high-rise complex designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s. Mies’s modernist mantra of “less is more” is reflected in the minimalist interior of this architect-owned home. Formerly a three-bedroom, the corner unit was converted to a two-bedroom layout with an open living and dining area, a dedicated den, and wrap-around views. Get it for $599,000 plus $1,478 in monthly HOA fees.

South Loop

An all-white living and dining area with a corner fireplace and three windows providing views of a large lake.
A kitchen with white cabinets, white stone counters, four pendant lights, and four high-back stools.
A bed sits in the middle of the wall in a master bedroom with two nightstands, a dark leather headboard, and a single window.
A double vanity sink in front of a large mirror. Tall buildings and a park can be seen out the window. Images courtesy Redfin

Next, consider this three-bedroom condo in the former Karpen-Standard Oil Building on South Michigan Avenue. The tenth-floor residence offers high ceilings and eastern views of Grant Park and the Lake. Despite the building’s 100-year age, the home feels fresh thanks to an open living space and a kitchen with new cabinets, countertops, and appliances. The $630,000 asking price includes parking. HOA fees run an extra $1,000 each month but cover perks such as access to the building’s fitness center.

Logan Square

A sitting nook lined with rustic reclaimed wood has a leather couch and two plaid chairs.
A sliding barn door reveals a bedroom with a blue wall and a cream colored chair.
A dining room with a wood table leads to a living room with sofa, coffee table, and a wall of built-in shelves.
A bed is centered on a chevron patterned wall with two windows and matching wood nightstands. There are dressers on either side of the room. Chicago Home Photos, courtesy North Clybourn Group, Inc.

Set on an extra-wide lot in Logan Square, this single-family cottage offers four bedrooms, three updated bathrooms, and rustic barn doors. The renovated eat-in kitchen has an oversized island, a tin ceiling, a custom tile backsplash, and an eye-catching seating area lined with reclaimed wood walls. There’s also an elevated porch, a grassy side yard, and a four-car garage. Get it for $625,000.

Canaryville

A grand foyer with a large wood door leads to sitting area and a curving staircase leading upward.
An ornate living room with a pattern carpet, footed couch and chairs. and a stone fireplace.
A large U-shaped kitchen with a dining area and wood cabinets topped by dark stone counters.
A master bedroom with hardwood floors, an attached bathroom, and a four-post bed. VHT Studios, courtesy Keller Williams Chicago-O’Hare

In Canaryville, this historic 6,000-square-foot Victorian dates back to the 1870s, but seems much newer thanks to a full gut rehab in 2004. Inside you’ll find formal living spaces topped by dentil moldings, a newer kitchen, and a grand spiral staircase leading to four bedrooms and a cozy sitting room inside the home’s corner turret. There’s also a separate two-bedroom garden unit that can be rented out. The Southwest Side property recently reduced its price to $599,000.

Sauganash

An English Tudor style cottage with a brick exterior partly covered in ivy.
A stone hearth stands in the corner of a living room with an L-shaped sectional. The space leads to an attached dining room and eat-in kitchen.
A provencal style kitchen with traditional cream cabinets and steel appliances.
A children's bedroom with a single bed in the corner, a dresser, a desk, and light green walls. VHT Studios, courtesy Compass

Last but not least, we’ll take a look at this charming English Tudor style home in Sauganash, on the city’s Far North Side. The handsome structure features a brick, stone, and ivy-covered facade topped by a traditional slate roof. Arched interior doorways lead to an upgraded kitchen, a pair of bedrooms on the second floor, and a third-floor master suite. The $569,999 asking price includes a rear deck overlooking a grassy backyard and a detached garage.

Poll

Which home would you buy for around $600K?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Lincoln Park
    (315 votes)
  • 10%
    South Loop
    (87 votes)
  • 17%
    Logan Square
    (144 votes)
  • 8%
    Canaryville
    (72 votes)
  • 25%
    Sauganash
    (208 votes)
826 votes total Vote Now