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Here’s what $325K buys in Chicago right now

See options in the Loop, Woodlawn, Humboldt Park, 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 $325,000. Vote for your favorite below.

The Loop

Courtesy Dennis Huyck, Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park

Specs: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,500 square feet
Cost: $325,000
Details: This unique home is located on the 15th floor of the Loop’s landmarked 1888 Manhattan Building. Originally configured as a three-bedroom, the corner unit has since been renovated into a roomy two-bedroom. Standout features include an old-school fireplace, built-in shelving, and views overlooking the postmodern acroteria atop the Harold Washington Library.


Courtesy Redfin

Specs: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 1,107 square feet
Cost: $314,900
Details: Here’s an updated 1920s-era bungalow that’s essentially three homes in one. The West Side home has one bedroom on the main level, two on the second floor, and a fourth bedroom in the finished basement. Each level has its own kitchen and separate entryway. There’s also a rear porch with an overhead pergola overlooking a fenced-in backyard and detached garage.


Marni Beals Photography, courtesy Wayne Beals of Exit Strategy Realty

Specs: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,500 square feet
Cost: $329,000
Details: This South Side property—located atop a newer construction building—has a massive great room boasting soaring ceilings, a balcony, and a designer kitchen with funky orange quartz counters and double-height cabinets. The master bedroom has its own terrace along with a fireplace and a spa-like ensuite with custom tile. A metal spiral staircase leads to a private rooftop space.

Humboldt Park

Courtesy Redfin

Specs: Two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms
Cost: $349,900
Details: Just a short walk from Humboldt Park proper, you’ll find this adorable single-family brick cottage. The home has an open concept main level topped by two bedrooms and a home office on the second floor. Out back, there’s a landscaped backyard with custom pavers and a firepit. The detached garage has been divided in half and finished into a music studio, which could also be used as a guest suite.

Lakeshore East

VHT Studios, courtesy Jennifer Downey Piehl of @properties

Specs: One bedroom, one bathroom, 860 square feet
Cost: $357,000
Details: This downtown condo may not have the multiple bedrooms or sheer space of the others, but it does offer buyers a sleek modern interior with views of the Lake. Professionally renovated by its owner (a partner at local architecture firm) in 2015, the compact unit feels larger than it is thanks to a custom floorplan featuring a roomy master suite with an upgraded bathroom and two walk-in closets. Building amenities include an indoor pool, workout room, and basketball court.


Which home would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    The Loop
    (291 votes)
  • 4%
    (42 votes)
  • 9%
    (89 votes)
  • 16%
    Humboldt Park
    (162 votes)
  • 39%
    Lakeshore East
    (388 votes)
972 votes total Vote Now