About this listing
We welcome guests to enjoy our big, loft style apartment conveniently located close to everything, downtown, El Train, expressways, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. The neighborhood is live and vibrant filled with murals and cool people.
You will get this entire loft style apt with one bedroom downstairs and one master bedroom upstairs. If needed we can provide sleeping bags and pillows for extra guests to sleep on the carpet. The apartment is filled with tons of natural sunlight and contemporary furniture. Hardwood floors downstairs and carpet in bedrooms. From master bedroom there is a view of the Chicago skyline. This is perfect for family trips, groups and anyone who wants to be a ten minute train ride from downtown Chicago. Get that urban feel in a lively, cultured neighborhood. There are plenty of cheap restaurants that have amazing authentic food within walking distance. The entire home is yours so you can cook, enjoy Netflix, the entertainment center, PlayStation ect. There is a big beautiful park across the street with a playground, soccer field, baseball fields, and free swimming pool.
Guests will have access to entire home, free street parking. Gym, pool and showers across the street at park are also accessible during park hours.
Interaction with Guests
I will have a friend or family member personally greet guests if I am unable to. I live in Chicago and will be staying near by, so if there are any issues, I can address them quickly. My brother and cousin live next door, so they will be around if guests have any questions. I also don't mind if guests shoot me text messages about anything. I love to text.
The neighborhood is very vibrant and lively. The streets are filled with murals, coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries and vintage shops. Pilsen is a very artsy place that attracts artists and people from all over. The nice thing about the neighborhood, is that it is very family oriented and filled with friendly locals. It is also still an affordable down to earth place, where you can expect to pay local prices for goods and foods.
The apartment is very conveniently located 2 blocks from the train. It is a ten minute train ride to downtown where guests can transfer to all other trains and basically get to any place in Chicago. It is also one block from 2 different bus stops and is easily accessible from both airports. It is also commuter friendly with bike paths and lots of people walking.
Other Things to Note
4th of July weekend is pretty awesome. Pilsen has been rated best neighborhood for fireworks in Chicago. Definitely a spectacle to see. There are block parties going on every other block. If fireworks are not your thing, then this might not be the neighborhood for you.
We take off our shoes in our home and ask guests to do the same. We keep our home very clean and we just ask that guests do the same. Do not knock on our neighbors door downstairs on 1st floor. He gets disturbed a lot because people knock on his door looking for our home. Just come up the stairs to second floor. He is actually a pretty cool, laid back guy, doesn't mind noise, but just hates getting up to answer the door.
The house was adorable and super clean. Even with 10 people, we still had plenty of room. The location was awesome! (only a 12 dollar Uber to downtown) Andrea was absolutely wonderful! She had the fridge/freezer stocked with breakfast foods, juice, milk, fruit, and snacks for us. It was enough to last all of our 10 friends through the weekend. Andrea was available via text all weekend and gave us great suggestions on restaurants, places to go, and the best ways to get everywhere. She and her husband were staying with family nearby and even invited us to join them in their 4th of July celebration. Their place is right across the street from a park that we took full advantage of all weekend. They were extremely accommodating and friendly hosts! I would definitely consider Andrea again when venturing to Chicago.
Andrea was a very accomadating host. She got the apaartment ready for us earlier then the usual check-in time. The place was clean. And we had access to all the entertainment equipment, kitchen stuff, etc.
Pilsen is a great neighborhood. Tons of yummy restaurants and an easy walk to the L.
I spent two nights in this pretty loft. Andrea was out of town and her brother greeted me. He is really nice and gave us detailed introduction and instruction. Parking was never a headache around the apartment. There were enough space and its free.
The decoration of the apt showed someone in this family know art...it's well designed/equipped and has fantastic layout. Me and my friend really enjoyed our stay there. The location is good and the neighborhood is quite!
I visit Chicago quite often and I will definitely come back again if I can lol:)
Andrea was an amazing host! She communicated very thoroughly and when we arrived everything was perfect!! We felt right at home instantly the entire home is spotless! And everything is easy to find. The home is very spacey and beautiful and the couches are super comfortable and beds even better! It is down the street from the train and across from the pool!! Perfect stay! Perfect host! Perfect overall!!! Stay here without hesitation!
Andrea's apartment was nice and spacious! There's a cool upstairs loft bedroom without a door but still very private. Great light coming into the living room. She left us snacks and let us use some eggs for breakfast! The beds were comfy and clean. We didn't have time to explore the area but took Lyfts into downtown Chicago. What a great city and host!
This is a nice area in great proximity to the pink line train, and the home makes you feel like it is your own home. My girlfriend and I love Netflix and it was a great way to unwind after a long day. All in all it was perfect for us and I hope it is available next year when I come back as I would love to stay again.
After many weeks of fruitless searching for a nice two-bedroom place in Chicago, I stumbled upon Andrea's listing, and I was ecstatic. I was hosting a pizza-baking demo at the Nitecap Coffee Bar in the Pilsen neighborhood, but I needed a place for me & my friends to stay at. Luckily, Andrea's place was less than 4 blocks away, and it was beautiful. It was especially breathtaking to sit by the front windows at 6am Sunday to watch & hear the birds outside, and my friend loved sitting by the window while reading her Kindle. I also enjoyed being able to take a quiet, leisurely walk through the park & neighborhood that morning.
I should note that the upstairs does have a slightly noisy dehumidifier going at all times, as it does get a little stuffy at night, so I let my friends stay in the downstairs bedroom. (If, like me, you're used to sleeping with a fan on, then the dehumidifier sounds shouldn't impact your slumber much at all.) One benefit of the upstairs bedroom is that I apparently couldn't hear a 4th of July fireworks display in the park out front.
One of my friends noted that the streetlights shone very brightly through the living room windows, so future guests may want to refrain from sleeping on the couch at night. The actual bedrooms will be far more conducive for sleeping anyway. :)
Andrea provided one towel per guest, though it's probably good practice for all AirBnB travelers to bring a few towels of their own too. That would be handy, as the tub/shower area has wooden surfaces, so courteous guests will want to properly wipe down the walls after washing. The toilet was also slow to refill during my visit, but it wasn't anything that I couldn't manage.
The TV downstairs only has Netflix through a PS3, but the upstairs box does receive over-the-air broadcasts from many channels including WGN, though CBS couldn't be found. (Not a major complaint, though I do love to watch "CBS Sunday Morning" when I get the chance. :)
Andrea's friend Paco was kind to show us around when we arrived. Andrea also kindly arranged for a parking sticker for my vehicle.
This was my first stay at a AirBnB home, and it left a very positive impression on me. Andrea's place would be a fine place to consider should I ever need to stay in Pilsen once again.
This host has 25 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Andrea
I love dance, art, upcycling, biking, traveling and meeting new people. I have a wonderful husband with whom we have 3 wonderful girls. Were just out to explore the world and spread a little joy in the process. :) We also loving sharing our city, Chicago, with those visiting.