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What does $300,000 get you in four Chicago neighborhoods?

Written by
Grace Perry

For most folks, establishing a fixed budget is the first step in the house-hunting process. Thankfully, because each Chicago neighborhood is stacked with its own charm and character, there’s no harm in keeping a flexible search radius. Try a new area on for size, and you might be surprised by the space and amenities you can afford. We sniffed around to see what $300,000 could get us in communities across town.

Photograph: Wes Walker


Shack up in Chicago’s historic South Side neighborhood to get more square footage for your buck. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom limestone row house includes sleek wood floors, sunny front rooms and a garage—a total luxury in the city. Plus, you’re just a 30-minute walk from the beach and a short drive from the future Obama Presidential Library. 4738 S Evans Ave; $299,990

Photograph: Stephanie Cutter

Lincoln Park

If lake views and floor-to-ceiling windows top your wish list, Lincoln Park is a great place to start. Situated across the street from the zoo, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom cloud-grazing pad features stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors and spectacular scenery. The only downside? You’ll be obligated to host Air and Water Show parties every year. 1660 N LaSalle Dr; $295,000

Photograph: Sohail Salahuddin

Logan Square

Just a block off Palmer Square, this sunny two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo puts you in the heart of Chicago’s hippest nabe. Dark cherry cabinetry and molding give this pad an authentic, old-school vibe, while the renovated open kitchen reflects the 21st century. Bar and restaurant lovers: This location is perfect for you. 3100 W Lyndale St; $284,900

Photograph: Meg Wood

Portage Park

In this homey Northwest Side nook, $300,000 buys you a charming brick bungalow with oak cabinets, a renovated kitchen, a backyard garden and a two-car garage. This historic abode is just a block away from Chopin Park (perfect for the little ones, if you have ’em) and a short jaunt from Portage Park’s lively Six Corners intersection. 5501 W Henderson St; $299,990

A version of this article appears in our winter print magazine. Listings were on the market at the time of print.

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