A lovely (and tiny) bed 'closet' in a beautifully appointed home in the best area of Chicago. Close to the lake, transit, exciting nighlife....not to mention complete with an overly friendly cat named Angus and a rather outgoing host.
At the start, we have two of these sleeping closets. One north, and one south. This is for the south room. They are virtually identical.
Since I am notoriously wordy to begin with, and writing a description of my own flat makes me nervous...forgive me if this comes across as rather too enthusiastic. I will refrain from using any exclamation points.
If you choose to stay with us, you give to experience something that straddles the lines of a little too perfect, a little too quirky, a little too posh, and a little too Martha Stewart. The flat is in a creeky-old, yet very typical, Chicago building. It is on the 8 step elevated ground floor and is blessed with broad expanses of windows that face into a courtyard.
The basics of the flat include a proper bath, living room with TV and comfy sofa, a real kitchen, a cocktail kitchen, a dining room, a sitting room, and lots of room to spread out in the lower level as needed. Wifi is everywhere.
If needed, guests can have access to professional cooking appliances (8 burner stove, Subzero fridge, Dornbracht fittings) and a dining room that comfortably seats 6 to 8 people around a modern table.
The location is stunning. Literally a two minute walk from the red (main) line train, a 10 to 15 minute stroll to the lakefront parks, so close to Wrigley field you can sometimes hear the roar of the crowd, and so close to the booming nightlife of the 'boystown' gay clubs and the sports bars up and down Clark....all of that is outside of the front door but the street is quiet. Within a minute of walking you can be at a nice coffee shop, and there are well over a hundred places to eat (and three grocery stores!) within a 15 block radius.
It is commonly home to one friendly young black cat, well groomed, who may or may not be present depending on the whims of the guest.
The ambiance of the flat is something else entirely. The space is filled with beautifully painted serene rooms that are home to a well curated collection of French and American furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s. A rotating collection of modern 20th century fine art and pottery keeps the rooms fresh and interesting. One note about the furnishings; folks who are terribly allergic to wool or adverse to cow hides and taxidermy will find the interior stuffed with enough wool kilims, mohair upholstered things, and fuzzy animal hides to perhaps be uncomforatble.
The room that is being rented started out life as a closet. Literally. 6' by 6' by 9' tall. It has a large window, and walls that are clad in vintage shiplap paneling that has been lacquered a greenish grey color. There is a ceiling fan, nightstand, lamp...it is a super comfy room to sleep in and we love having guests milling around the flat.
The room actually reminds people of being in a train sleeper car or a berth in a ship, which is sort of what I was going for.
Although the glory of this description most likely has you panting to come and stay...there is a little bit more. The hosts!
Host A is self admitted gay fellow and is a white collar professional with perfect taste, a stellar sense of purpose, and a writing style / sense of humor that can only be described as unique and self assured. If you need cultural information or any product that is home related, he is the guy to turn to. Hosts B, and C are three more happy gay fellows, all in their early to late 20s and white collar professionals.
We actually occupy what was once four seperate apartments that have been combined into one two story living space, so everyone has their own spaces in the home.
I am around, and will be as helpful as possible / needed. It is a highly fun and social household so you will have soem built in Chicago friends as soon as you arrive.
First of all, davids house was the most beautiful house i have ever been in. Second of all, david and his roommates were %100 welcoming and made me feel very much at home. Chicago was freezing cold abs i needed a warm place to hang out and relax. Thank you david! Your the man.
I had a short stop in Chicago and stayed with David. Firstly, the apartment is lovely, and David is super friendly!
The room itself was just what I needed, quiet and comfy - perfect to rest up after a 20 hour flight before seeing the sights of Chicago.
The location in Lakeview is great, and the L is right nearby.
I'd love to stay with David again....but perhaps during a Chicago summer!
Dave's place is in a great location. Numerous restaurants, subway and bus stops are within easy walking distance. The room was small, but it was clearly indicated in the description. For a solo traveler like me, it is enough. It was very quiet, no street noise. Most of the time I had the whole apartment for myself (not quite true, the little black cat kept me good company). The living room was very cozy. Dave was a wonderful host, friendly and very easy to talk to. I had a wonderful time during my stay.
David, along with his cat, welcomed me with great hospitality although I only met him in person a minute before I was leaving. The flat is secured and located just a couple blocks from restaurants, bars and other attractions in this neighborhood. The room that I stayed was a little small, but not a huge problem because I hung out in his living room instead some time.
David is the consummate host. He was very responsive before and during my stay. The location is incredibly convenient and a great place to base you sojourn in Chicago. Yes, you've seen the photos. The space is incredible. Just book the trip already!
This location was great! Easy access to Wrigley Field, Boystown and the train. The train is only 1 block away, but you would never know it because the street is so quiet, especially at night. David's cat was sweet and even napped with me on the couch a few times. Although I was 1 of 3 people there, I usually had the place to myself with TV, internet and a gracious space to relax and spread out in. I will definitely stay here again!
Great place to stay! David was very flexible about my check-in time and was there to greet me when I arrived. It was my first time in Chicago, so I really appreciated his advice on where to go and what to see. He has a BEAUTIFUL home and made me feel very welcome in it. Even though I'm a pretty tall guy, I found the room comfortable and cozy. Finally, the location was very convenient - I was able to go downtown very easily and find nightlife just a couple streets over. I highly, highly recommend staying with David!
David was a wonderful host and this room is exactly as he described. Cozy, but perfectly suited for an individual for a few nights. The rest of the flat was gorgeous: eclectic but very much a liveable space. David was very respectful and upfront with communicating the comings and goings of the rest of the flat mates and other airbnbers the weekend I stayed and I appreciated that there no surprises. I would definitely recommend this space if you want to be near transportation and the nightlife districts.
I arrived in Chicago sleep deprived and hungry, I contacted David to let him know I was running late and ask for directions. He kindly collected me from the nearest station (which was literally 5 minutes walk away) and took me to his beautiful home.
After giving me a tour, David took me to the local supermarket to get some milk (for my tea) and the took me to the delicious Thai take away. Once I was fed and watered David ran through a couple of things (house rules) then gave me some maps and tourist brochures for Chicago which was such a huge help. My room was perfectly formed and the bed was amazingly comfortable.
David and his housemate Jacob were the most welcoming, generous and lovely hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for either or them, they made me feel welcome, safe (I travelled to Chicago on my own) and part of the family! They even invited me to the local Halloween parade. I can't praise or speak highly enough about their hospitality.
I will be back, that's a promise!!! I will bring more tea and chocolate
Perfect location to stay in Chicago. David has a great place and is very accommodating. I look forward to my next visit in Chicago.