Chicago Real Estate: 5 Dazzling Homes on the Market With Windows That Let the Sunshine In

From city to suburbs, these stunning homes are graced with gorgeous windows that brighten up even the darkest winter days. 

1970 N. Burling St., Chicago

$7.7 million

Chicago Real Estate: 1970 N. Burling St., Chicago
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Designed by architects Liederbach and Graham, this impressive urban property sits on a 45’ wide corner lot, allowing light to stream in through the expansive Hope’s windows that open out to a walled “secret” garden. Beamed ceilings and brick walls make this five bedroom home — complete with a coach house guest suite — a relaxed, inviting, and sophisticated retreat.

435 Thorne Lane, Lake Forest

$4.25 million

Chicago Real Estate: 435 Thorne Lane, Lake Forest
Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group.

A modern masterpiece in the heart of east Lake Forest? Absolutely. This sun-drenched home built in 2009 has all the latest features — open floor plan, Smart House technology, geothermal heating, and an elevator. Located just one block from Lake Michigan, this stunning abode also boasts a swimming pool, sport court, and spa, not to mention a porch with a fireplace and operable screens that open to the fabulous grounds.

939 Cleveland Road, Hinsdale

$3.5 million

Chicago Real Estate: 939 Cleveland Road, Hinsdale
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This home, designed for entertaining, comes fully furnished and is move-in ready. While the majestic curved staircase facing a two-story wall of windows makes a dramatic focal point, tall windows abound throughout the house — offering views of the lush landscaped gardens and outdoor living spaces. With a media room, bowling alley, wine cellar, and gym, the options for fun and relaxation here are endless.

900 N. Kingsbury St., Apt 950, Chicago

$2.595 million

Chicago Real Estate: 900 N. Kingsbury St., Apt 950, Chicago
Photo by Chicago Home Photos and courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group.

With 15-foot ceilings and an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline through wall-to-wall windows, this expansive light-filled 5,500 loft is a work of art. Step out onto one of the home’s three decks to enjoy some fresh air or take in the view of the river below. Building amenities include ample parking, deck, party room, gym, and riverfront access.

201 W. Grand Ave., Apt. PH 7, Chicago

$1.65 million

Chicago Real Estate: 201 W. Grand Ave., Apt. PH 7, Chicago
Photo by VHT Studios and courtesy of Second City Real Estate.

Located in the award-winning Contemporaine, an intimate boutique elevator building in River North, this penthouse boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of the city. A former model, the unit has exquisite finishes and a newly remodeled kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele appliances. Perhaps most impressive is the enormous terrace that wraps around two sides of the home.


Marjie KilleenMarjie Killeen is a Chicago-based freelance writer and speaker specializing in professional communication, personal relationships, and healthy aging. After a career in marketing, she began writing in her 40s, launching Better’s original relationship column, Sex & the Suburbs. Marjie has discovered that every stage of life brings new surprises and delights. Whether it’s a new home, a new outfit, or a new calling, writing is a wonderful way to explore it all. She supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository and is a proud member of Impact Grants Chicago and the Human Rights Campaign. Follow her on Instagram.