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The Historic Florsheim Mansion

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Enjoy Chicago's Gold Coast in the famous Florsheim Mansion. One of the most architecturally significant homes in Chicago, the Mansion is a perfect destination for families or groups with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms; sleeps up to 12. Please contact us at the Florsheimmansion web/site for a special discount code of 30% savings on any booking.

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Important notice: We require a $3000 security deposit after an AirBnB booking is confirmed to be held in an escrow account. Bookings are not confirmed until the reservation is accepted by AirBnB, and then the security deposit is received separately in the escrow account.

Enjoy Chicago as “patrons of the arts” in the famous Florsheim Mansion for the Arts B&B in Chicago's Gold Coast at 1328 N. State Parkway. One of the most architecturally significant homes in Chicago, the Florsheim Mansion for the Arts is a perfect destination for families or groups.

The legendary residence was built by famous architect, Andrew Rebori in 1938 and was home to shoe heiress and sculptor, Lillian Florsheim, who purchased the place in 1946. The famed house has been called one of the "sexiest homes in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine. It is a significant landmark of the city. Oozing with architectural brilliance, the home is 4500 square feet and is in the ideal gold coast location with 2 living rooms, a huge outdoor garden, and lots of open gathering spaces.

The historic residence actually has two houses: the Main House and the Guest House which are connected together via the kitchen.

The Main House has 3 BR/3B and a den (6 or 7 total beds), the Guest House has 2BR/2B (2 or 3 total beds), combined for a total of 5BR/5B.

The Main House entrance features a small guest bedroom with 2 full beds and full bath/shower, as well as a large den/office with fireplace and a pull-out queen size couch for 2. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a very large entertaining Living Room and a formal Dining Room. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with king size bed (can be converted to two full beds) and full bath as well as another guest room with two full size beds (can be combined together) and full bath.

The Guest House features a small bedroom/bath on the 1st floor with 1 or 2 single beds. The 2nd floor includes a massive Great Room/Art Studio with 20' soaring ceilings, large hearth, and a Media Room with flatscreen TV. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with queen size bed and full bath.

Combined, the Main House and Guest House can comfortably sleep 6-11 people.

In terms of entertaining, art events and concert performances, the Living Room with its Steinway Grand Piano can host 40-50 people and the Great Room/Art Studio + Media Room could easily fit a party of 15-20 more, ideal for conferences or large family gatherings. An outdoor gathering could also be hosted in the Garden. The Garden features a Zen-like Koi and Turtle Pond.

In total, the Mansion is fully furnished with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, high-tech media room, Great Room/Art Studio/Library, living room, dining room, and gardens. Over 5000 square feet of luxurious living space. Located on State Street you are just 2 blocks from the lake, 3 blocks from Michigan Avenue, and 2 blocks from the famous Rush/Division nightlife hub. Parking available and fully pet friendly. Please feel free to visit the Florsheim Mansion's website.

The Florsheim Mansion for the Arts has long been an important art destination in Chicago. The home is named after Lillian Florsheim, the shoe empire heiress who was one of the finest sculptors and gala host's of her day. The home was previously owned by the Director of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. In recent years the home has been used as an Artist in Residency destination for some of the world's most prestigious artists. The home also hosts numerous philanthropic events focused especially on showcasing the art, culture and music of the Middle East and other areas of conflict around the world. In a unique twist, artists are hosted at the mansion by benefactors from the other side of the conflict. A portion of your vacation rental will be allocated towards these philanthropic activities, as well as the ongoing restoration of the home.

There is a wonderful video of the space on YouTube. Since AirBnB doesn't allow web links, just type in the regular You Tube url, and then add the following next to it: /watch?v=MEWv8N7rNPo&feature=(URL HIDDEN)

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By the Numbers:

1938: The year the house was built by architect Andrew Rebori
1968: The year the floating galley kitchen was built by architect Bertrand Goldberg
$2.3 million: The amount the current owners paid for the home in (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN): The amount invested so far in our ongoing restoration efforts
5: Number of bedrooms
5: Number of bathrooms
$3000: refundable security deposit
1: Number of turtles living in the garden pond (his name is Wilbur, please feed him)
Yes: whether or not we rent the space for weddings and events. Please inquire
2: Number of blocks to Lake Michigan
5: Number of blocks to Michigan Avenue and Magnificent Mile
3: Number of blocks to Rush Street and the best restaurants in Chicago
1: Number of cars that will fit in the garage (at $40/day)
No: Whether or not you really need a car since you can walk to nearly everything
Uber: the app you should download before you come just in case you need a car
1: Number of blocks to the bus stop that take you to downtown
10: number minutes cab ride to Wrigley Field

Other things to note
There is a beautiful video of the space which can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQxhpeDzOEE&feature=youtu.be

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2288928
Enjoy Chicago's Gold Coast in the famous Florsheim Mansion. One of the most architecturally significant homes in Chicago, the Mansion is a perfect destination for families or groups with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms; sleeps up to 12. Please contact us at the Florsheimmansion web/site for a special discount code of 30% savings on any booking.

The space
Important notice: We require a $3000 secu…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 floor mattress

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Indoor fireplace
Cable TV
Dryer
TV
Washer
Heating
Essentials
Air conditioning

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Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Gold Coast is unsurpassed in Chicago as THE neighborhood for shopping, dining, and walking. You are steps from the Magnificent Mile, Rush Street, and most of the city's major attractions.

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Joined in August 2013
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The owner has lived in Chicago's Gold Coast for 20+ years. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, he is passionate about the neighborhood and will serve as your guide to the best restaurants, outdoor events and, especially, live music!
The owner has lived in Chicago's Gold Coast for 20+ years. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, he is passionate about the neighborhood and will ser…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $3000