It’s easy to think of the city’s many green spaces (the Chicago Park District counts 8,100 acres!) as your own backyard. But what if that could literally be true? These five on-the-market homes get you pretty close to making it a reality. Each one is within blocks of one of the city’s finest parks.
The 3,100-square-foot apartment is not only walking distance from the Gold Coast’s quaint Washington Square Park, but it also overlooks the park and Newberry Library from its all-season covered balcony 10 floors up. The three-bedroom home with a separate office is currently listed for $1.75 million. Elizabeth Ballis, Coldwell Banker, 312-867-8122
Should you tire of the sweeping lake views from this unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows, Lake Shore Park, complete with tennis courts and a running track, is but a few blocks away. The three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot unit in a landmarked Mies van der Rohe building is on the market for $1.895 million. Marikay Belsanti and Andrea Tucker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, 847-212-7561 and 312-320-0225
It takes no time at all to get from this full-floor penthouse to the heart of Lincoln Park. The 3,500-square-foot unit, which is listed at $2.575 million, features a contemporary open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the natural light to stream in. It’s what’s outside that really shines, though: Not only will the new owners be steps from Lincoln Park, they’ll also have a 3,000-square-foot private roof deck that’s been tricked out with an outdoor kitchen and bar, tabletop fire pits, a TV, and an outdoor shower. Jill Silverstein, Dreamtown, 312-506-0200
This south-facing Michigan Avenue apartment, which is available for $2.75 million, has two levels of living space plus three separate outdoor areas, including a stunning 1,000-square-foot roof deck. Not big enough for you? There’s plenty of room to spread out in Millennium Park’s 24.5 acres across the street. Juany Monroy-Honeycutt, Related Realty, 773-968-6625
The Lemoyne Collection, three brand-new buildings coming to Wicker Park this summer, features 18 units (including this one, listed for $735,000). Luxe finishes, including white oak hardwood floors, waterfall-edge islands, and deep soaking tubs, will make it tough to leave. But the Violet Hour, Big Star, and the neighborhood’s eponymous park are all within a block of the front door. Jason Vondrachek, @properties, 312-254-0200