July offered up a mixed bag of news for the Chicago real estate market.

While the number of sales of existing homes in the Chicago area rose nearly 30 percent compared to the same period last year, their median sale price was almost 6 percent less than July 2011, the Chicago Tribune reports.

There is a plus side to the market's sagging prices. Last month, Chicago was named by Zillow as home to the nation's best market for homebuyers.

Here at HuffPost, we'll be rounding up some of the hottest new properties listed in Chicago each month. Given the state of the market, you might just be able to snag a good deal on one of these homes -- though for most, they remain purely aspirational for the majority of us city folk.

All photos appear courtesy of Realtor.com. Next to each property's image are some essential stats, plus a link to additional information and more photographs.

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  • 1508 North State Parkway

    Listing Price: $9.95 million <br> 8 Bed/6 Bath/10,000 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1508-N-State-Parkway_Chicago_IL_60610_M83306-54830?mlslid=08128690" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 21 East Cedar Street

    Listing Price: $6.6 million <br> 6 Bed/6 Bath/8,000 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/21-E-Cedar-St_Chicago_IL_60611_M82374-63623?mlslid=08141123" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 800 North Michigan Avenue Unit: 4001

    Listing Price: $3.9 million <br> 2 Bed/3 Bath/3,225 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/800-N-Michigan-Ave-Apt-4001_Chicago_IL_60611_M76994-31946?mlslid=08136368" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 1744 West Cortland Street

    Listing Price: $3.3 million <br> 5 Bed/7 Bath/7,800 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1744-W-Cortland-St_Chicago_IL_60622_M82797-38089?mlslid=08121664" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 1911 North Fremont Street

    Listing Price: $3.1 million <br> 6 Bed/6 Bath <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1911-N-Fremont-St_Chicago_IL_60614_M85139-43532?mlslid=08126914" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 50 East Chestnut Street Unit: 1401

    Listing Price: $2.875 million <br> 2 Bed/4 Bath/3,904 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50-E-Chestnut-St-Apt-1401_Chicago_IL_60611_M83824-79070?mlslid=07865389" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 2235 North Burling Street

    Listing Price: $2.599 million <br> 4 Bed/5 Bath/3,904 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2235-N-Burling-St_Chicago_IL_60614_M72737-01967?mlslid=08132428" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 2038 North Orleans Street

    Listing Price: $2.395 million <br> 7 Bed/6 Bath <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2038-N-Orleans-St_Chicago_IL_60614_M78668-67613?mlslid=08131275" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 2039 North Kenmore Avenue

    Listing Price: $2.35 million <br> 6 Bed/5 Bath <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2039-N-Kenmore-Ave_Chicago_IL_60614_M71120-97275?mlslid=08137529" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>

  • 2641 North Wayne Avenue

    Listing Price: $1.995 million <br> 6 Bed/7 Bath/5,000 Sq Ft <br> <em><a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2641-N-Wayne-Ave_Chicago_IL_60614_M73436-53780?mlslid=08136293" target="_hplink">More photos</a>.</em>