About This Listing
Chicago's Gold Coast hugs Lake Michigan from Oak St. to North Avenue and is the city's most up-scale and exclusive neighborhood. Among these quiet, tree-lined streets you'll find elegant multi-million dollar brownstones & numerous historic mansions.
This completely furnished 1 bedroom is in the Gold Coast of Chicago on the corner of State & Elm.
One of Chicago's classic neighborhoods, where convenience is key. Spend the afternoon grilling out on the rooftop sundeck watching the boats go by in Lake Michigan or look at the wonderful view of the city. Take a stroll on Michigan Avenue, a bike ride down the lakefront or visit a museum. Amenities include a fitness and laundry center, controlled entry access, free bike storage and more. State Street bus stop and Division Red Line services are mere minutes from your door step. Taxi's just a few steps from the entrance. A block north of the famous Rush Street area & just a block south of Division street area.
Treasure Island Foods, Jewel, Walgreens, CVS, Bank of America, Chase Bank, Barney's New York, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Original Pancake House, Subway, Jimmy John's, Baskin-Robbins, Fed-Ex, Barnes & Noble, Ra Sushi, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tavern on Rush, Luxbar, Gibson's, Hugo's Frog House & Fish Bar, Morton's Steakhouse, Dublin's Irish Bar, Blue Agave Tequila Bar, Corner Bakery Cafe, Big Bowl, Lou Malnati's, Mariano Park and much more are ALL ONLY 1-3 BLOCKS AWAY.
Every photo on here is within 3 blocks from my apartment INCLUDING the beach (except Navy Pier. 30 minute walk along the lake or a 7 minute drive).
The Division Street Farmer's Market is every Sunday and is 1 block away.
*All utilities included
*PARKING: The building doesn't provide parking, but there is on street parking. If you'd rather have indoor parking, there's a public parking garage literally across the street from my place that provides daily, weekly & monthly parking. I also love using the "Spot Hero" app to find really cheap parking spots in the area. Available for Android & iPhone. Either way... parking is never an issue.
I will consider long-term renting (3 month, 6 month, 9 month) in September.
Totally furnished! Just bring your clothes and toothbrush:
Queen sized bed
Strong ceiling fans in bedroom & living room
AC in July/August/September
52" Flat HDTV
Dishes, silverware, pots/pans
Rooftop Sundeck (with BBQ grills)
24 Hour Fitness Center (cardio/weights/machines/flat screen tv)
24 Hour Laundry Room (plenty of washers/dryers & smartcard operated. No quarters!)
Secured bike room
The 2 cancellations under my review section were because of a death in the family and I needed to be home. Both parties were completely understanding and I helped them find a place in the same area and same price range.
Laundry Room (smartcard/plenty of washers & dryers)
24 hour Gym (weights/cardio/flat screen TV)
The most important aspect of the Gold Coast area is location, location, location! It is the greatest! Easy walking to transportation and every style of restaurant/bar you could possibly desire is within blocks. 10 minute walk to Oak Street Beach.
Taxi's, subway (the redline) & buses steps away from the front door, but you're in the center of it all.
Other Things to Note
In a high rise, so although you're in a very active part of the city, it's very quiet in my apartment.
Just treat it as if it were your own. I've never had any dogs or cats, so no problems for those with allergies.
*The trash chute is the next door on the right of my apartment door when exiting.
*The laundry room & the gym are both in the basement. in the laundry room, the washer/dryer are run with smartcards. They're sold in a box on the wall that takes $5, $10, or $20. There should be laundry detergent either in my walk-in closet top shelf or bedroom closet top shelf if you need it.
*If a fuse happens to blow... no biggie. The metal door to my left when exiting is the fuse box. Just open it and look for 1609 and flip the big switch UP AND DOWN. (make sure you turn the AC/blowdryer/iron/microwave. You'll blow a fuse if you have tons of things running at once.
*I have FIVE remotes:
1- The Panasonic TV remote is used to switch from TV/Roku/DVD/Gaming. The main button you'll use on this remote is INPUT and volume control.
2- The Panasonic Blu-Ray remote is obviously for the Blu-Ray. Pretty simple.
3- The Comcast remote is used to change channels
4- The small black remote that says ROKU is for streaming movies/TV shows for things like Netflix and Hulu Plus and a host of other channels.
5- The Samsung remote is just for the sound bar under the TV. Really great for movies.
*For WiFi... the username & password is on the yellow sticker that is on the modem (next to the TV).
I think that's everything... if you stay at my place, please email or text me for any questions no matter how small. Even though I'm in Asia, I may not get back to you every time right away (depending on the time), but I'll definitely get back to you. I also have a couple friends in the neighborhood if you have any problems.
Everything about this place is great. Joe got back to me right after we booked and we communicated up until we arrived. No problem finding the place, getting the keys, etc. The apartment is fantastic and in an amazing location. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back.
We loved staying at Joe's apartment. It was in a great location within walking distance to a ton of great restaurants/bars. Joe was great at communicating with us in a timely manner and the check in/check out process was very smooth. Great apartment! You won't be disappointed staying here.
Great apartment! Exceeded expectations! Location was also in a more residential part of Chicago but close to everything! It felt like home away from home.
The apartment was in a good location,and we found it very comfortable. Acess to downtown was excellent as bus transport was in easy walking distance.
Unfortunately Joe or his representative were not available when we arrived how ever his emailed instructions allowed us to gain access to the apartment without problems
Location is very convenient. Walking distance to everything you could need. It is above a couple of trendy clubs and can get loud at night.
Building very secure so no worries there.
Joe is a great host.
Just a quick note for those reading this review:
It can be loud when you come & go from the building, but I'm on the 16th floor. With windows closed and AC on, you can't hear much (on Fri/Sat night). It's when you enter/exit the building that you hear that cacophony of boisterous revelers :-)
Amazing location with a rooftop! There is even parking directly across the street. It was quiet even though it's in a multi unit building as well. There's a/c and lots of tv channels and Roku as well! Good space for clothes in drawers and closet. Joe made sure I could gain entry even while he was out of town and was extremely responsive to any contact initiated. Thanks for everything!
Joe was great! Easy check in, very responsive to any questions we had. The apartment was perfect for experiencing all the city has to offer. Walking distance from the Mag Mile and just steps away from N Rush St. Night life and restaurants. The apartment was clean and decorated nicely. Thanks again Joe!
About the Host, Joe
I'm traveling all over SE Asia. So I'm renting out my very loved home. It's completely furnished. I still have my photos on my wall. I've lived here for 6 years, absolutely LOVE the area and plan on living in this spot for a very long time. In my opinion, there's no better spot in the city. I'm in the heart of it all. I can walk down Michigan Ave., the Navy Pier and during the summers I walked to work in the Loop. I'm near some of the best restaurants and bars. I'm 3 blocks from beautiful Oak Street Beach (see photos) and there are 2 grocery stores within 3 blocks from me. It's all here. If I need to go somewhere further, there's literally taxi's, buses and the redline train steps from my front door.
I'm looking for people that will treat my place like it's their home. I have a good friend that is watching it for me and will be the one to drop off the keys to you.
No frat parties. No teenagers. Just adults that want a fantastic time in Chicago. If that's you, then trust me... you'll love my place, you'll love the location and you'll have a very, very good time.
Life was meant to be enjoyed. Enjoy it ;-)
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The Leg Room. Fun, sexy and always crowded. Plush, double-decker bar strewn with animal prints. Attracts a mix of tourists locals. Good place to start...W Division St Chicago IL 60610
Barnes Noble. WITH a Starbucks inside. Great people watching seating along the windows. Need I say more???N State St Chicago IL 60610
The Pump Room.This is where I always go on New Years Eve. Swanky. A little pretentious, but who cares? Make sure you check out all the B/W pics of celebrities downstairs by the restrooms. Cool place.N State St Chicago IL 60610
RA Sushi. Absolutely love this place. Amazing food, excellent happy hours for drinks and food! Everyone is really friendly (wait-staff) and the foods consistently great.N State St Chicago IL 60611
Lou Malnatis Pizzaria. FAVORITE PIZZA IN CHICAGO! Attention tourists: If youre looking for the best Chicago Style pizza, go here! Its the best. This location has a very chill ambiance.N State St Chicago IL 60610
Treasure Island.They have the best of specialty, imported and domestic products at competitive prices. Great salad bar, the best produce, Boars Head deli meats, amazing service.W Elm St Chicago IL 60610
Corner Bakery Cafe. GREAT place for breakfast and always excellent service.N State St Chicago IL 60611
Big Bowl. As everyone knows there is no good chinese food in Chicago, but Big Bowl is hands down one of the best options Ive found. I usually go with Chicken Stir Fry or Pad Thai!E Cedar St Chicago IL 60611
Dublin Bar Grill. Great cross between a pub and diner. Always been one of my favorite stops. The atmosphere changes from laid back to late night hectic.Calamari is the best in the city.N State St Chicago IL 60610
Carmines.This is my favorite Italian place in the city and I love to take guests from out of town here. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and order the Penne Bolognese. Youre welcome ;-)N State St Chicago IL 60610
Tavern on Rush. Amazing setting! The patio is where you want to sit to take in the beautiful neighborhood surrounding. Brunch is excellent! The Crab Benedict is FANTASTIC. Fun bar at night.N State St Chicago IL 60610
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