Posh Flat, Close to Downtown (No 2)

Apartment - Private room · West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657, United States

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.

The Space

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.

Interaction with Guests

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Cleaning Fee: $7
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • This is a perfectly situated apartment steps from Wrigley Field and the Red Line. David's place is flawlessly decorated and the living spaces and kitchens are very spacious and clean. I stayed in the small grey bedroom pictured on the listing and found the space perfect for sleeping soundly. David was a very gracious host who recommended neighborhoods to visit and left out some delicious locally baked cinnamon rolls for his guests to enjoy. This flat is an incredible value for its location as well.

    April 2014
  • I was staying with another host were unfortunately things didn't go well, so I had to look for another place promptly. David accepted my request and even offered me to stay the first night for free if I was in a bad spot. Staying at David's was like staying in one of those fancy houses that you see on TV shows. It exceeded my expectations in a really good way. There were other people staying at his place and all of them were very welcoming and helped me a lot giving me tips on were to go around. I'll definitely recommend David's place to anyone who wants to have a good time in Chicago. I won't hesitate to stay at his place again when I come back to Chicago.

    March 2014
  • I spent 5 days at David's place. It was ahead of my expectation. I was immediately invited to be part of the social events of the house (including a fantastic underfground supper) and had opportunity to make knew friends. I definetely recommend it if you're travelling to Chicago alone and are available to have new experiences.

    March 2014
  • I had a great experience renting this room in David's apartment which is tastefully decorated and located in a great (and safe) neighborhood. Many thanks, David!

    March 2014
  • 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.

    February 2014
  • 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!

    February 2014
  • 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.

    December 2013
  • 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.

    December 2013
  • 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!

    December 2013
  • 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!

    December 2013
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Harrington College of Design
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In a nutshell, I am a fun 30s fellow who lives in Chicago and does high end interior design work. I have always been interested in showing hospitality to others. Before airbnb this was mostly done by inviting friends and others over to my home for dinner or cocktails....but I find it equally rewarding to be able to host a traveler and know that my home with influence their trip for the better. As I am getting older I have decided that I really want to travel and see more of the world...but limited finances (coupled with my refusal to sit int he back of planes) as well as a desire to really get to see how people live and just not how tourists are treated makes this a great option for me! I have quite a few different interests, but I am very into anything design related (architecture, shops, urban life) and am an avid collector of mid century furnishings and love modern art from around (phone number hidden). I am happy to have one black cat (I like cat's but one is just enough to keep it interesting) and love to entertain friends often. I am also a sucker for British TV, and you will often find BBC America in the background. I was lucky enough to have the New York Times recently devote two entire pages to me in their home section, making me sound much more interesting in print as compared with in reality and publishing some lovely pictures of my life. Oh, and my favorite color is that of a wet seal.....greenish gray and shiny!
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