House - Shared room · S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60636, United States
Your host, Nonya
25 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

You may have seen some of my ads. For a complete listing of my airbnb ads for available dates, TYPE in the following address in your WEB BROWSER and it will lead you to a link to ALL of my AIRBNB my locations:


IF YOU BOOK THRU THIS AD, please note that this is the AIR MATTRESS rate. Please contact me for availability for other bed type availability.

As you read further in this ad, you will find the answers to the following common questions: 1) Location - from my home to downtown and nearest landmarks, 2) FREE amenities included based on your stay, 3) Safety concerns; 4) Shuttle information and 5) Transportation - Nearest train/bus stop and more. So please feel free to read further and I will be more than happy to assist you.

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 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 a 6 night stay -
(President Obama and 1875 World Fair Tour)

- 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)


- 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).

Guest Access

CHECK-IN IS OFFICIALLY 2 p.m. HOWEVER, IT CAN BE FLEXIBLE BASED ON CONDITIONS! I will not be AVAILABLE until 2 p.m. Other guests will be in the house. However, if you have an early morning arrival (after 7 a.m.), you MAY follow the directions (from my website) to my home with specific instructions on entry. Check your receipt for website information/instructions. FOLLOW the instructions on the website on 'Check-in'. If you have any questions, contact me 24 hours before for clarification and with your arrival time. DO NOT contact me early morning on your arrival time before 2 p.m. because there will be NO answer.

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
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $13 / night after the first guest
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Nanya is so kind and funny. Also When I arrived at lately night, She always pick up for me by subway station. So If you want to look arond lately, you don't worried about this. I am sure She is the best of best host. If I will visit again in Cicago, I really want to stay again her house.

    June 2014
  • Nonya was very friendly, and her house is realy good. I was the first time in the usa, and Nonya met me from airport. She is very kind person.

    May 2014
  • It was a great pleasure to meet you. Thank you for everything. I can recommend everyone to stay in Nonya's house!

    May 2014
  • Nonya has a big heart, and she welcomes people from all different walks of life wether they are on traveling business affairs, or tourist, I like that the metro transportation was very close and I always made it to work on time. I appreciate her free shuttle rides to the train station and the grocery store. I will come back and visit her. I also fell in love with Hyde park while touring Chicago for the first time. God Bless.

    April 2014
  • Nonya was an amazing host, nice and friendly, opened for any questions we had and willing to help about anything we needed. Even though our stay at Chicago this time was pretty short, she was even kind enough to pick us up and drive us for our departure. We would come back because she was really great host!

    March 2014
  • If your not intimidated by a rougher suburban area and are looking to meet a number of people from around the globe, this is the place for you. Annie and the guests were all very friendly and kind. Wouldn't mind staying there again in the future.

    October 2013
    Response from Nonya:

    Nadia is super sweet. Just a small correction....this is not the suburbs. This is the streets of Chicago (15 minutes by car to the loop/downtown area). The city is quite huge lol. Suburbs are at least 45 minutes to one hour (by car) from the loop in any direction from downtown. Come anytime Nadia.

    October 2013
  • Annie is great! Really enjoyed the community of Annie's airbnb. People from all over the world, everyone was respectful. Not a great neighborhood but my experience was great. Annie was always helpful to everyone and has traveled herself, and it shows!

    October 2013
  • Near the train station to go downtown of (website hidden) it's good.

    September 2013
  • Oh my god this house was so crazy,and she was also,we loved it,nonya and the house were awesome,its cheap and you get allot of things for it,allot of fun and intresting people!if i would come to chicago,i would definetly come back,the neighbourhood is a little bit strange,because if youre white,youre almost the only one,but i like that,its different!but allot of people were so nice and some guys showd us the way,it didnt felt that dangerous,nothing happens!this house really made our trip to chicago to a better one!

    August 2013
  • Staying at Annie's place was great. I will definitely stay there again if I go to Chicago. Thanks!

    August 2013
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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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