House - Shared room · S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60636, United States

THIS AD is a Queen Size bed in a semi private area. The area is adjacent to the larger space. However, this area is separated by a chimney wall & includes a dressor storage space along with shelving for your computer/electronics.

The Space

Semi private Queen bed area means that there are no doors and the space is not surrounded by four walls, only one wall. The Queen bed with real mattress is located (in picture) by the cubical white shelves. There is a chimney wall separating this space from the area with the King Size bed and Futon sofa (see picture).


- FREE Shuttle to/from nearby train
(from Darkness-2 a.m)
- FREE Parking
- FREE Wifi Internet
- FREE Breakfast - cereal, bread and milk
- FREE Coffee and Tea
- FREE Cable (Showtime and Starz Included
- 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 one month stay -
(President Obama and 1875 World Fair Tour)
- FREE Airport, Train or Bus PICKUP/DROPOFF
(If reserved 14 nights or more; Max 4 guests)


- 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.


- Full Size Bunk Bed - $15 a nt
- Semi Private area w/Queen Size Bed - $23 a nt
- Private Room-(Sleeps 4-10) - $99 a nt
- Semi Private Rm - Sleep 4-8) - $79 a nt
- Bunk Bed /Air Mattress -$350 a month
- Daybed - $15 a nt and $14 ea add'l person
- Air Mattress - $13 a night

(See my 'OTHER' ads to make reservation for accommodation listed above or contact me for availability).

Interaction with Guests


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.

The Neighborhood

I live within a 1/2 mile from two (2) police 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.

Getting around

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)


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. I am 10 minutes away from President Obama's Home and the University of Chicago.


Party as LATE as you like! I can pick you up from the train station for free!**

FREE SHUTTLE (*nearest to/from train stops)

Halsted" GREEN line stop (DARKNESS- 2 a.m.)**
After 2 p.m., feel free to take the 24 hour Red line transit or a $20 taxi from downtown to my home.

Only one (1) Free shuttle per night


- Downtown Drop-off - $20 each way
- Midway Airport Pickup - $25 Round Trip*
- O’hare Pickup - $65 Round Trip
(Regular Taxis FROM downtown only $20)

AIRPORT PICKUPS - 24-hour Advance Required


- IF there is an inch or more snow present-or-
- IF it is 30 degrees F or lower
- NO TAXI or FREE SHUTTLE PICKUP on Thursday from 6:30pm-9p.m. and Sunday 12-6 pm.

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.

Room type: Shared room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Monthly Price: $450 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My friends and I traveled to Chicago from Colorado. Although the place is far from downtown and it "seems" to be a dangerous neighborhood (actually one time when I took the taxi home, the driver kept talking about how risky my life can become), the experience is great. You can stay out as long as you want and annie is always there to pick you up from the train station so there is nothing to be afraid of. Other guests in the house is very nice and it feels like home there. Getting home in the evening and have some chat with the other guests is just great. And all you need is a place to sleep right? I wish I could stay there for a more couple of days :-).

    November 2013
  • I had been staying in Annie's house for 2 months and it was one of the best decisions that I've made in the USA. Annie was very nice with everybody and her house was so comfortable.
    Her shuttle service was so good. she arrived to the train station 5 min after I called even though she couldn't understand my english, lol.
    By staying in Annie's house, you can not only have a good accommodation but also make friend with the others guests and Annie. It was a good occasion to practice english too. Just awesome.

    I strongly recommend his house to anyone wanting to enjoy their days in Chicago!!!

    August 2013
  • The host is very friendly! Though the neighborhood is a little unsafe, it will be no problem if you are planning to go home early. Public transportation is convenient. Different people in the house, it was a wonderful unforgettable memory.

    May 2013
    Response from Nonya:

    Not everyone feel 'safe' in Chicago period. However, for those who feel that the area renovations are not done, there is no need to come home early. I am up at all night till 2 a.m. for free to pick up my guests from the train stop. But Li and her friend were very nice. I thought that may be the reason they were coming home early. hehehe. But they are always welcome back.

  • Annie was awesome! She made getting to her place easy by providing detailed travel info. She also picks you up from the train, as noted in the description. The only slight complaint is the distance to downtown (about30- 45mins). However, it wasn't long enough to deter me from traveling! There is a bus in easy walking distance and a place to grab food as well. Overall, I def recommend staying at her place to help keep you on budget!

    April 2013
  • Hey guys when I got there I was in shock the house is located in worse area you can imagine! The house looks terrible outside and completely different inside than it looks on the pictures:(((
    In every room was mess and uncleaned surface ! The private room was so small... you can't even walk around the bed because it is the size of the room...:((( I would not stay a min staying in that house!
    The host was nice but that doesn't change anything...

    April 2013
    Response from Nonya:

    When I read this review, I had to ask who is he? To this day, I don't remember this guy coming to my home. My home has been photographed by Airbnb photographers themselves. So for this guy to say he saw something different is puzzling. Now i understand that there are undercover police officers who disguise themselves as guest to bring down airbnb hosts (as is with the case in New York and some Chicago host who have contacted me). It is our belief that hotels are loosing business with airbnb services that some have resorted to these baseless tactics. If this 'Andrei' was dissatified with my home or area, he could have simply (website hidden)d the college nearby to get an idea of the area. He could have cancelled his reservation as well since he booked in advance. But he didn't. Instead, he pays for 4 nights, don't show up or call, and then leave a review. The only thing i can say is, 'thank you for your payment?' I guess this is a gift from the police department? For that i say, 'ok and thank you very much...come again?' hehehee

  • Annie is a great host. Very communicative and helpful. She keeps the house very clean and is a great cook. Breakfast was always available and sufficient.

    I would book here again.

    December 2012
  • Annie is a great host!! I love to stay with her and I hope to visit her again asap!

    March 2012
  • I had a wounderful time at Nonya's! The other travelers where very nice too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could have spent more time!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 2012
  • I had a great time in Chicago and at Annie's home. It's this simple, if you want an experience like visiting your cool cousin who you can stay up half the night with and chat and laugh, Annie's the place. Read her description!!! She is quite accurate about how she describes her place and neighborhood. I'm from Brooklyn and pretty familiar with areas like that so it was no sweat for me, and really, there were no problems at all. Also, Annie drove me from door to train stop so I had no complaints. The other people staying there were cool too. I felt at home.

    March 2012
  • Stay at Annie's is like the most incredible experience ever! I got to meet interesting people all over the world. And we became friends very soon and travel together. Annie tried her best to make the house become a big sweet home, and it is. If i ever come back to Chicago I would definitely stay there.

    January 2012
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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.
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