About This Listing
This AD is for a twin size air mattress(s) in a shared room(s) with other guests. For each person, I provide you a SEPARATE air mattress and linen. No sharing air mattress. This is NOT a private room.
King Size Bed Area when room is full capacity WITH 5 Air Mattresses (3 on one side, 2 by the window/tv; full size futon and king size bed - in brown linen). Sleeps 7-8.
You will be staying in EITHER of the THREE (3) SHARED ROOMS! The location of the space will be based on availability at the time of your arrival. The 3 rooms listed are the 1) UPPER LEVEL (photo: teal and white stripe space); 2) LOWER LEVEL (Photo: red room with Daybeds/sofa sleeper couch) -OR- 3) LIVING ROOM (Photo: olive green) on the Daybeds w/Trundles or couch. SEE PHOTOS ABOVE. All rooms are SHARED with other guests. Air mattresses are included. The upper level (green/teal and white stripe room) space sleeps up to 7-8 in the King Size area; 2 in the Queen size area; the LIVING ROOM sleeps up to 4-5; the LOWER LEVEL (basement) room shared space sleeps up to 7. These are NOT private rooms unless you rent them as a private room at a higher rate. You will sleep in ANY of these areas based on availability based on your ARRIVAL.
So if you are looking for a real adventure, to see Chicago as seen on TV, save money on Chicago activities and make lasting friends from all over the world, then you come to the right place! Like you, I'm a traveller...who happens to be a host.
Welcome to Nonya's.
FREE PERKS INCLUDE:
- FREE Shuttle to/from nearby train
(From 10p.m.-2 a.m.; NO SHUTTLE on Saturday or if weather is below 35 degrees)
- Tips for FREE Taxi and FREE Museums!
- FREE Parking
- FREE Wifi Internet
- FREE Food - cereal, milk; beans, rice or pasta
- FREE Coffee and Tea
- FREE Cable (Showtime, Starz, Netflix)
- FREE Linen & Towels
- FREE Use of Treadmill
- FREE Use of Kitchen appliances, pots, utensil
- FREE Museums - Shedd, Art, Field, or Science &
Industry & More! (based on availability)
-FREE TOUR - with 6 night stay -
(President Obama and 1875 World Fair Tour)
- FREE dropoff and pickup to Linda's Lounge - FREE Live Blues, FREE food (Monday night only)
- FREE Airport, Train or Bus PICKUP/DROPOFF
(Based on all of the following: Reservation must exceed $300; arrivals/dropoffs between Loop, Megabus Union Station or Midway Airport. No O'hare; and max 4 guests)
- PRESIDENT OBAMA's Home
- UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
- DISTANCE TO DOWNTOWN / CITY CENTER
- South Shore & Jackson Park GOLF COARSE
-''DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY!" book locations -
A True Story of the Chicago's World Fair
(Jackson Park) and Dr. Holmes from his
Englewood Home! Just 4 blocks away.
See my 'OTHER' ads to make reservation for accommodation listed above or contact me for availability.
(IF YOU ARE TRAVELING WITH NO LUGGAGE or traveling with your clothes in a garbage bag ....DON'T BOOK HERE. You will not be accepted in. I don't accept Chicagoans and this is not a hotel.)
CHECK-IN IS OFFICIALLY 2 p.m. but the beds are not ready until after 5 p.m.
HOWEVER, if you would like to arrive before 2p.m., you can (as early as 8 a.m.). I WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE until 2 p.m. Upon confirmation, check your receipt for website information/instructions and details. FOLLOW the instructions on the website for 'Check-in' and let me know 24 hours prior to your arrival so that I can provide you with the keyless entry code. If you have any questions, contact me 24 hours before for clarification and with your arrival time. DO NOT contact me the day of your arrival before 2 p.m.... there will be NO answer.
Interaction with Guests
AFTER CONFIRMATION OF YOUR RESERVATION:
Please check your AIRBNB receipt for WIFI login/password info AND for my website address which contains DETAILED additional information including directions, check-in, Things-To-Do (free), and more.
I live within a 1/2 mile from two (2) police stations...one is a police training station.
At ANY given time, you will see several police patrols going up and down the street, to and from the station. There is only so much precaution a traveller can take, but its always nice to know that protection is just AT the corner. So be safe! For those who need additional security, feel free to take advantage of my night time free shuttle from the nearest train stop!
I will admit, there are better areas in Chicago but none will be as memorable as your stay here! If you are looking for a posh, well-to-do area, DO NOT BOOK HERE! hehehe This is an urban inner city community that has undergone nice redevelopment due to the brand new college recently built (but has some work to be done). I live near a beautiful massive park with a full running track, community center /swimming and children's playground.
NEARBY TRANSIT LOCATION:
Nearest GREEN LINE train stop - 'Halsted' stop - Located 4 blocks away. You can catch the bus, from the corner, to the train... or make a 10 minute walk to the train)
DISTANCE TO CITY CENTER/DOWNTOWN LOOP.
My home is located approximately 9 miles from downtown/Loop area. It is a 30 minute ride to downtown loop by train; or a 15-20 minute drive by car. McCormick Place is accessible by the green line which is 4 blocks away. I am less than 3 miles away from President Obama's Home and the University of Chicago.
Other Things to Note
There is a cat located on premise, however, he is restricted to the garage/outdoor since I have guests who are allergic to pets. I do not accept pets at this time. I do plan to provide a 'Kennel' in the gargage in the year 2015. Please feel free to ask me any questions. I’m here at your disposal.
Get more for your budget….Chicago style!
All reservations must go thru AIRBNB, even for last minute request.
We do not accept local residents of Chicago.
No Smoking inside
Ms Nonya welcomed me and offered me rides to the nearest metro station. She offers her guests free food. I found the bed/accommodation better than her description on AirBnB. I had no problems with the neighborhood because I did not travel after 9:30 PM. Thank you Nonya. See you on my next trip to Chicago.
There is little dangerous location, but she cares a lot of things. Host and guests are so friendly and nice.
It may seem dangerous to some as state by hundreds of my guests. However, as many have discovered, its only in the mind. By being close to the bus and train and providing free shuttle from the train from 10p.m. and 2 am...along with a third option of taking a third route which will put them right in front of my home...not to mention the free 'taxi' tips....there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
Nonya is hospitable, humorous and be welcome to everyone. Since there are so many residents living inside, the place we rest and sleep is quite comfortable.
However, the place we live is far from downtown and is not quite safe when waling from the nearby subway to Nonya's home at night (15 minutes walk basically)
I arrived to Nonya's place just a few days after a very long international flight and was a bit under the weather. Nonya was very welcoming and hospitable and even made my bed early. Her home setup is very comfortable and akin to a frat house setting without all the rowdiness and beer bottles. She has very good wifi, provides decent food, comfortable bedding, and lets you stay in her home for super cheap: HELLO! I met some really cool people at her bnb and would have enjoyed staying longer to get to know everyone better, but I had immediate things outside of Chicago to take care of. As far as moving around the neighborhood, it's best to walk with others to the nearby stores and fast-food joints; you can also just hop on the nearby bus line to go downtown to fancier eateries and coffeeshops as well. The environment inside the home is very chilled and laid back where you can meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world or just go into one of the rooms and watch tv if you'd prefer. Nonya is awesome and I would definitely recommend her home to anyone looking to visit Chicago on a budget.
Excellent place to live shortly with a low budget! I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.
I went to Nonya's house with five more friends. She was very nice and helpful. The house seems quite like the photos and offered us everything that we needed, it was comfortable and also allowed us to cook at home, including some free food.
However, for us there are some points that we wanna highlight: the location was kind of far from downtown, there isn't places to eat around it, and it was not recommended to walk at night (at least we did not feel safe to walk through).
Thank you for your review. I try to make it as comfortable as possible. I also strive to make it as safe as possible...providing 3 ways to get home, with no incident, which includes free shuttle from the nearest train stop between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. As for restaurants and walking around at night...lol...thats why I only charge $13 a night per person for air mattress. If there was even one cafe....my rates would immediately reflect the 'tax' of what I would be charged for living in such a 'fancy' area. We have areas like that in Chicago....and they start at $40 a night per person. There's always choices. hehehehe But I think every traveller knows that.
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About the Host, Nonya
I Love Travelers, traveling and everything in between. Born and raised in Chicago, I became an avid traveller and barter enthusiast. I've been travelling for 20 years and could easily write my own book on travelling on a budget. I PRIDE myself on the deals I would obtain. A week in Ireland, rental of two 3 bedroom entire homes for $45! FOUR Chicago Bull playoff games during the Michael Jordan Era included 4th row floor seats, box seats...$100 total! Travelled europe thru 15 countries for $500 including accommodations and food...for a 3 month period! And this was BEFORE Airbnb. I can go on. I'm geeked when I find a deal and become just plain silly with happiness at an unbelievable deal. Even upon confirmation, my website for my guests are filled with free and things to do for CRAZY CHEAP. 'Spend like a spencer, but live like a king!'
Aside from that, my mother was a big enthusiast in education. As the oldest of nine (9), I can tell you that we were not short on activities. Piano lessons on Saturday AND an hour a day, per child of piano practice since 4!; tennis on Sunday, knitting lessons on Tuesday and Thursday, sewing lessons on Wednesday and swim classes on Friday. And tha'ts not including the architectural/drafting studies and woodshop classes that consumed my teenage years in addition. If you are good, I can definately knit you a sweater with a nice cable stitch!
My piano teacher was Professor Zilner Randolph for over 15 years. If you don't know who he is, perhaps you heard of a musician called Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington? He was Louis Armstrong's musical director, played trumpet on a number of Armstrong's recordings and composed the tune "Old Man Moses'. He also played with Carroll Dickerson and Dave Peyton in the middle of the decade, and led his own Chicago band later in the 1930s. He was an arranger for Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, and others.
Six of my siblings and I were his students for over 15 years.. In fact, one of my brothers, if you wish to look him up for a concert near you, is a worldwide professional jazz pianist and a graduate of Berkley College, with several releases. As for me, I became sidetracked with travel. If you are ever in South Korea, Ecuador, or Florida, you will probably run into five of my sisters/brothers and their familiies. Say hello for me!
My home was built in 1875. So you will find some old and new features within. I'm always in construction to some degree within. Thanks to airbnb, I have been able to complete at least 75% of the renovations. Still have much to do.
I feel everyone should open their minds to new things, cultural experiences and diversity. Only then can you understand people thru their eyes and not some narrow minded media coverage. By letting their experience be your experience will help you better understand people in a true and raw sense. That's why I simply love Airbnb. It places you in parts of the world where you probably wouldn't have gone but always wanted to go to get that 'local' feel with a local and trusted host.
Since I don't travel as much as I used to....Let your experience be my experience!
I look forward to meeting you.