Darling Damen Dwelling (with bike!)

Apartment - Private room · N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, United States

Stay in the heart of Chicago's North Center neighborhood - trees, yards, friendly people, great local restaurants and shops, safe day or night, and close to public transportation of many kinds - feels more like a small town than the big city!

The Space

This vintage second-floor apartment in a 100+-year-old three-flat house is a short walk to to two CTA Brown Line el stations (Irving Park or Montrose), grocery stores, coffee shops, boutiques, breweries, wonderful restaurants featuring many cuisines (Thai is a specialty around here, among many others - please see my guidebook for a few of my favorites), a large regional public library, public parks, and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

The guest room is cozy and quiet with one queen-sized (and very comfortable) bed. On it you'll find fresh linens (changed weekly/per stay unless requested more frequently), plus an alarm clock, fan, closet with space and hangers for your things, and free wifi.

Guest Access

Full use of shared rooms in apartment includes kitchen, bathroom, dining, television (no premium cable) dvd on request, lovely porch and back yard with garden. Bedding and towels, teas and coffee (french press) are provided, with fruit and breakfast-y snacks complimentary with short stays of less than one week. Feel free to store your own food in my pantry, fridge and freezer, and cook during your visit! There's a summer farmer's market two blocks south, a supermarket one block down the street, and Trader Joe's is a 15-minute walk away.

Interaction with Guests

Although I myself work full-time and can be gone much of your stay as I keep busy, I live here with my protective 9-year-old dog, Lois, and a feisty 2-year-old foster poodle named Clarence. Expect the dogs to bark each time you enter the apartment when I am at home, and sometimes when sirens come by - Lois especially is a very vocal companion and watchdog. So: be prepared for some dogs to be around the apartment during your stay. They won't enter your room unless invited. My boyfriend also stays over frequently, and he can answer any questions as they come up. I'm also always available by text or phone.

The Neighborhood

I've lived in this neighborhood for 10 years, and I love hosting and "showing off" this amazing city (ask me particularly about music, films, cycling and theater events) and my charming north side neighborhood - I think you'll enjoy yourself here!

Getting around

In addition to the train stations, we are steps from the #50 Damen Ave. bus (a direct route to both the Andersonville and the Wicker Park/Bucktown shopping/dining/nightlife areas) and short walks to two other bus routes (#78 Montrose, #80 Irving Park), it's also a bike-friendly area, and you may request my loaner bicycle to use during your stay. You may park your car on the street, permit-free, and spots are usually available right in front.

Other Things to Note

Please let me know your arrival and departure details (time and mode) at the time of your reservation. Check-in and -out can be flexible, but I do work a lot and may have other guests checking in out out, so we will need to mutually arrange a time for me to let you in, show you around, and give you a set of guest keys as you arrive.

BICYCLE: If you'd like to use the guest bike, please let me know at the time you make your reservation. I also have a guest helmet and lock for you to use. (Chicago is a great place to get around by bike, but let's be safe out there!) The bike is a comfortable upright cruiser with a stepthrough frame, and fenders. Chicago also recently opened Divvy, a wonderful public bike-sharing system, so you may choose to look into that instead, especially if you're traveling with another person.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $280 /week
Monthly Price: $830 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Sarah was a wonderful host, from day 1 when my room was made up for me with linens, spare blankets and a dresser for storage, to the final day 14 weeks later when she helped me move into my new place. I stayed with Sarah for a longer stay, which was lovely. She was warm, welcoming, and the accomodations were homey and clean. The location is perfect for a weekend or longer stay: bars, breweries, eateries, and shopping yet quiet and neighborhoody and close to public transportation. (L is a few blocks away, bus is right outside.) Sarah has interesting art, lots of books to read, or a couch to cozy up for a movie. I would reccommend a short or longer stay with Sarah. She's the best!

    April 2014
  • Sarah was a great host! She was very kind and caring. My room was very clean and private, and she provided all the amenities I would need, and provided a space for my things in the bathroom and kitchen.
    The neighborhood is very safe, and close to the Brown Line, with a short travel time to downtown Chicago.

    Thanks for a great stay, Sarah!

    December 2013
  • Sarah was a wonderful host and the neighborhood is fantastic. There was a huge snow storm that hit Chicago while I was there but it didn't matter! There were so many restaurants and bars within walking distance that we had a great time despite the snow. This was a great place to stay!

    December 2013
  • Staying at the Darling Damen Dwelling was the best option of many I searched for. It is conveniently located near a major bus route (the bus runs right in front of the aparment), and a few blocks away from two "L" stations. The room is perfectly furnished for one person, and if you like reading, the bookcase has great books! It also has a small desk for reading or writing. Overall my stay was very enjoyable, and Sarah is very knowledgeable of the city (you will never get lost getting there, because the communication and her instructions are awesome). I would highly recommend it!

    December 2013
  • Very accommodating stay and conveniently located to the El train and buses. Bedroom was cozy, bathroom is clean, and Sarah has great tips about seeing the city. Also never went hungry in the morning as snacks were left out in the kitchen!

    If you're looking for an affordable, pleasant stay in a nice neighborhood Sarah's place is worth it.

    November 2013
  • Really nice place, in a quiet neighborhood with facilities around.Sarah is a nice person, easy to talk with. The place is clean and Sarah puts explanations about many things in the apartment on little papers, so you should not be disappointed if you want to use something when she's not there. The dogs barks a bit, but they are really friendly and fun, but you must like dogs as they will show you are a friend of them too ! Definitively a good place to stay !

    November 2013
  • This was my very first Air bnb experience and Sarah is absolutely great and so sweet. I highly recommend staying with her if you're visiting the Chicago area.

    October 2013
  • I had a very nice stay - the room was extremely comfortable and had every little thing i could have needed.The bed was so comfy i slept like a rock.I had to keep some odd hours and was glad it was not a big inconvenience -she also stayed home to make sure i could get into the house when i had a flight that got me in very early that might have stranded me.
    The neighborhood is very nice and everything i needed was walking distance- Thanks so much for all your extra effort Sarah!

    October 2013
  • Sarah was a fantastic host. She made sure I had everything I might need (and more!) before going away for the weekend. Her apartment is lovely. I was able to use her bike which was great fun. The bedroom is very nice - extremely comfortable bed, clean and warm.
    I definitely fully recommend staying with Sarah and her dogs.

    October 2013
  • Sarah's apartment was perfect for my needs. The room was clean and cozy and comfortable (reading lamp, power strip, fluffy robe, closet, organic & dark chocolate on the pillow!). Sarah was accommodating and easy to communicate with and riding her bike (helmet provided!) around the city was a really cool way to learn Chicago. Great location. Also, she has impeccable taste in art and left helpful notes all over the apartment. And her dogs are super sweet. A great find!

    October 2013
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Old Town School of Folk Music
I'm a busy arts administrator and visual art teacher living in (and loving) Chicago with my barky, wonderful dog Lois and foster dog Clarence. Live music, film and art of all kinds are my favorite things, next to dogs and bicycles. I enjoy rare travel, hosting, cooking, and meeting new people, and I hope you fall in love with this great city!
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