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Chicago Building Types

These are the five types of homes most commonly found in Chicago. The perfect building type for you will depend on your lifestyle!

2- or 3-flat: A condo building that contains 2-3 units

Low-Rise or Mid-Rise: A condo building with less than 6 floors

High-Rise: A condo building with more than 6 floors

Townhome: A home that shares a wall with another home

Single Family Home: A free-standing home

Keep in mind HOA fees: these change per building (often correlated with the number of units) and are an extra monthly expense.

The types of inventory you’re interested in may drive your neighborhood choices — for example, there are not too many single-family homes in River North. However, plenty of neighborhoods offer a healthy mix of building types. 

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