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2309 North Geneva Terrace, Chicago, 60614

$3,545,000

↓ $10,000

2309 North Geneva Terrace, Chicago, 60614

6 Beds 7 Baths 9,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11378964

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1322 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, 60610

$3,495,000

↓ $300,000

1322 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, 60610

4 Beds 3 Baths 4,650 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11396213

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2127 North Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, 60614

$2,699,000

↓ $56,000

2127 North Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, 60614

4 Beds 6 Baths 7,300 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11337159

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2030 North Fremont Street, Chicago, 60614

$2,550,000

2030 North Fremont Street, Chicago, 60614

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,951 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11462026

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48 East Elm Street, Chicago, 60611

$2,499,000

48 East Elm Street, Chicago, 60611

3 Beds 5 Baths 5,457 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11615142

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1443 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, 60610

$2,290,000

1443 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, 60610

5 Beds 6 Baths 5,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11628016

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67 East Cedar Street, Chicago, 60611

$2,150,000

67 East Cedar Street, Chicago, 60611

4 Beds 5 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11434327

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835 East Drexel Square, Chicago, 60615

$1,700,000

835 East Drexel Square, Chicago, 60615

5 Beds 6 Baths 4,600 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11400973

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2021 North Dayton Street, Chicago, 60614

$1,695,000

2021 North Dayton Street, Chicago, 60614

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11630221

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3723 North Bell Avenue, Chicago, 60618

$1,575,000

3723 North Bell Avenue, Chicago, 60618

4 Beds 5 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11426426

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358 West Wisconsin Street, Chicago, 60614

$1,250,000

358 West Wisconsin Street, Chicago, 60614

4 Beds 3 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11624797

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2018 North Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, 60647

$1,245,000

↓ $50,000

2018 North Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, 60647

7 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11426195

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2318 North Sacramento Avenue, Chicago, 60647

$1,175,000

↓ $25,000

2318 North Sacramento Avenue, Chicago, 60647

7 Beds 7 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11480377

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4850 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, 60640

$1,125,800

4850 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, 60640

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,676 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11558891

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1538 West Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, 60614

$1,099,000

↓ $50,000

1538 West Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, 60614

6 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11484117

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2317 West Roscoe Street, Chicago, 60618

$1,025,000

↓ $25,000

2317 West Roscoe Street, Chicago, 60618

9 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11347477

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4436 North Whipple Street, Chicago, 60625

$819,000

↓ $35,000

4436 North Whipple Street, Chicago, 60625

6 Beds 3 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11429673

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952 North Springfield Avenue N, Chicago, 60651

$745,000

952 North Springfield Avenue N, Chicago, 60651

9 Beds 6 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11610507

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620 West 43rd Place, Chicago, 60609

$575,000

620 West 43rd Place, Chicago, 60609

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,200 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11623004

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6501 South Eberhart Avenue, Chicago, 60637

$569,000

6501 South Eberhart Avenue, Chicago, 60637

11 Beds 3 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11492784

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4736 North Bernard Street, Chicago, 60625

$539,900

4736 North Bernard Street, Chicago, 60625

6 Beds 3 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11380176

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3629-3631 South Calumet Avenue, Chicago, 60653

$519,900

3629-3631 South Calumet Avenue, Chicago, 60653

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,700 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11616223

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4724 South Champlain Avenue, Chicago, 60615

$510,000

↓ $15,000

4724 South Champlain Avenue, Chicago, 60615

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,694 SqFt Residential MLS® # 11365492

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5236 West Roscoe Street, Chicago, 60641

$479,896

5236 West Roscoe Street, Chicago, 60641

6 Beds 4 Baths 0 SqFt Residential Income MLS® # 11428677

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What is a Chicago Brownstone?

While extremely popular in places along the East Coast, it’s possible to find some true brownstones in the Chicago area, as well. Many of them are coveted not only for their unique features, but also their history and their location. 

A Chicago brownstone is a brick row house or townhouse that’s made of brick and covered with a brownstone sandstone façade. It’s that brown hue that makes brownstones so distinctive and easy to spot. The dark brown color comes from all the iron in the stone. For some, using brown sandstone was a cheaper alternative at the time than other stones, such as marble and limestone.

Common Characteristics of a Chicago Brownstone

Usually, a true brownstone not only has its distinctive coloring, but it’s also adjoined to the building next door. This creates a solid façade from the street. Oftentimes, each individual brownstone will have a couple of street-facing windows on the front, as well as access to a small courtyard on the backside of the building. Most brownstones were originally constructed as single-family homes for the middle class. 

A brownstone often comes with Italianate detailing, which was more popular around the mid 1800s, the time when many of the first brownstones in the city were constructed. It also often comes with multiple levels of living space, which means lots of stairs if it remains a single-family home today. Most did follow a pretty standard floor plan, so you won’t see a lot of variations in the layout, unless the property has been heavily remodeled. While brownstones can also be considered townhomes, only a true brownstone has the brown sandstone façade for which it gets its name.

Where You’ll Find Brownstones in Chicago

You’ll commonly find brownstones in some of Chicago’s most desirable, historic neighborhoods. Expect to see brownstones in places like Lincoln Park, Old Town, and the Gold Coast. Some of the original brownstones still standing today in Chicago have been nicely updated and renovated over the years. This includes keeping some of the original features and finishes, but at the same time modernizing the brownstones to make them more appealing to today’s buyers. 

People enjoy Chicago brownstones today for their historic appeal and oftentimes their location. Some original brownstones stand within walking distance of local attractions, like Michigan Avenue, the lakefront and area beaches.