Chicago City Living: Stunning Home Tour

I don’t venture into the city too often, but when I do, I love walking the many neighborhoods and admiring the architecture. As I wander the streets of Wrigleyville or Hyde Park, I wonder what the beautiful homes look like inside. Today we’re getting a taste of Chicago city living with a tour of a stunning brick and limestone house in the Southport corridor of the Lakeview neighborhood.

Chicago City Living in a Brick and Limestone HomePhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


Step inside and you’re greeted with an elegant yet serene entryway.

Entryway in Chicago City HomePhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


The formal living room enjoys a wealth of architectural detail such as crown molding, beautiful window trim, and a stately fireplace.

Beautiful Formal Living Room in Downtown ChicagoPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


The expansive kitchen is dressed in white with a large island that houses an oven. Large windows let in plenty of natural light despite the fact that houses are so close together. Part of Chicago city living is looking out the window and seeing your neighbor’s house a couple feet away.

Beautiful White Kitchen in Chicago City Southport Corridor Neighborhood Photo by Middlefork Development LLC


The kitchen is large enough for a roomy eat-in banquette with table and chairs. A sunny sea of poppies provides a burst of color on the wall.

Eat-In Kitchen with Rattan Chairs and BanquettePhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


Leaded glass-front doors grace the built-in butler’s pantry that serves as a bar.

Butler's Pantry with Home Bar in ChicagoPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


The formal dining room has an arched ceiling with large custom windows.

Formal Dining Room in Traditional Chicago HomePhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


The winding staircase is both impressive and beautiful.

Stunning Winding Staircase in Formal Chicago HomePhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


The master bathroom is cloaked in white and enjoys a free-standing bath tub.

White Master Bathroom with Freestanding Bath TubPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


A tiled walk-in shower is large and roomy.

White Bathroom with Free Standing Tub and Walk-in ShowerPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


Bedrooms also have tall windows to let in as much light between the buildings as possible.

Country Style Bedroom with Plaid Woolen BlanketPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


Not only are the interior spaces of this city home amazing, but the outdoor living spaces are a true treasure. The exterior areas could make me give Chicago city living a try even though I’m a country girl at heart.

Outdoor Fireplace with Conversation SeatingPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


Multi-leveled outdoor areas create zones for dining and entertaining.

Chicago City Living in a Brick and Limestone House with Outdoor Deck and DiningPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC


This brick and limestone house seems to have as much outdoor living area as it does indoors. I could live outside here if Chicago winters weren’t so brutal.

Chicago City Living in a Brick and Limestone House with Outdoor Deck and DiningPhoto by Middlefork Development LLC

Could you see yourself living in a city? Or do you prefer suburbia and countryside locations?

See more photos of this stunning Chicago city living home by Middlefork Development LLC over at Houzz.

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  1. The home is beautiful but I would pick it up and put out in the country. I know I would not like the brick view of my next door neighbors.

  2. If any city home can be perfect, this one is. I could live there so long as I could hibernate all winter long and the stairs would kill me now that I’m old – but we’re fantasizing here so none of that matters. I’m a country girl also, but always imagined having both a country home and a city home. This is such a fabulous example of city living.

  3. A stately and beautiful home. Such pride of ownership! If I lived in the city, I would certainly be comfortable living there. The colors and textures make for a calming yet classic feel. Nicely Done!

  4. Gorgeous home. I really enjoy your blog. As far as city living goes no thanks. The houses are way to close. I will take the country any day.

  5. It is a beautiful place but, they could not build walls thick enough to keep the noise out and i do not want to see what my neighbors are doing, of course unless they need help.

    1. I live in the Ravenswood neighborhood that is just 3 miles from Lakeview. I can assure you that it’s not as noisy as you imagine it being. Even though these neighborhoods are in the city of Chicago, they are far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown that even in the middle of the day, the neighborhood streets are only alive with the sounds of birds chirping and kids playing outside. The walls are not only thick enough keep those sounds out, but they also keep the cold winters on the outside, too!

  6. We’ve lived for awhile on a couple of acres in a country-like suburb, and it’s beautiful, but now that I’m 60 I feel like maybe another 5 years of maintaining a large property are all I’m good for. Seems like we spend all of our time working and I’m kind of over it. Something like this is looking better every day, but only if it has a gorgeous outdoor area like this one does. The interiors are classically fabulous too.

  7. I live in Philadelphia, born and raised. It like Chicago, has many beautiful old buildings.
    As a little girl, I remember my uncle’s tiled bathroom because we did not have one.
    it was just as beautiful as this
    the rest of his home was ordinary
    just a row house in Kensington
    but that bathroom was gorgeous