Town homes under $500,000 are a great option in Lakeview and even Lincoln Park. You can get your two or three bedrooms, a flexible family room and perhaps a utility/storage room. Many times a garage too...attached or detached. But, shield your eyes... these brick boxes spared no utilitarian expense. Function over form for sure. These are a couple examples my clients and I viewed last weekend.
These aren't too bad. I forgot to shoot the real "lookers".