About this listing
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!
Cozy guest room is 10'x9' with queen sized bed, full-length mirror, closet with plenty of hanging space, alarm clock, small desk, dresser, and bench for your luggage.
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 food 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 legendary 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 per stay and then weekly unless you request more frequently), extra blankets, a robe and slippers, plus a dresser, desk, closet with space and hangers for your things, and free wifi.
The other areas of the apartment are definitely open for your use (watch a movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime!) but may be home to my various cleaning or creative projects. Please be aware that there is often fabric, bike parts and assorted "stuff" in the dining and living rooms.
Apartment includes use of kitchen, bathroom, dining, beautiful television, dvd on request, lovely porch, and back yard with garden. Bedding and towels, robe and slippers, teas and coffee (electric kettle and french press) are provided. Feel free to store your own food in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer, and cook to your heart's content during your visit! You may use my kitchenware. We have a summer farmer's market two blocks south, a Jewel supermarket just one block away, and Trader Joe's (another grocery chain) is a 15-minute walk away.
Interaction with Guests
Although I work full-time and can be gone much of your stay, I live here with my protective older dog, Lois, and a feisty young 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 audible around the apartment during your stay. They should not enter your room, and there is a baby gate for you to (please) use to keep them out. My boyfriend John also stays over frequently, and he can answer any questions as they come up as well. I'm also available by text, What's App, email, or phone.
I've lived in this neighborhood for more than 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 called North Center - I think you'll enjoy yourself here!
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 east-west bus routes (#78 Montrose, #80 Irving Park). This is also a bike-friendly area, and you may request my loaner bicycle to use during your stay. If you drive, 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 many hours, and may have other guests checking in and out, so we will need to mutually arrange a time for me to let you in, show you around, and give you your key when 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, lights, 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 step-through 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. The rate for Divvy is $7/day.
• Absolutely no smoking in or near the apartment/porch/etc.
• You MUST be a dog-lover.
• Courtesy regarding noise and cleanliness in shared spaces is expected.
Great communication is requisite to a great stay. Just contact me with any specific questions - shared expectations is key.
Thanks for looking, and enjoy your trip to Chicago!
Lived-in living room with books, futon and loveseat, lots of plants. huge TV, and art. Shiny black dog included!
We were in Chicago for a conference and really enjoyed our stay with Sarah. Her house is located in a nice quiet neighborhood in about 7-8 min walk from the Brown line. Trader Joe's is about 10-12 min walk away, and there is a 24/7 CVS just in a couple blocks from the house.
Everything is as described. The room is cozy and clean, with a large soft bed, a large closet with many hangers for our clothes, a large chest of drawers, a desk, and enough electric sockets for our laptops, phones, and other devices. There was also place for our things in the bathroom and kitchen, which was very convenient.
Sarah provided everything we needed (towels, an iron, tea etc.) and in fact much more things that we didn't use (fruit and yogurt, and some bath supplies, and other things including the bike that we unfortunately didn't have time to ride). We felt very welcomed overall. Sarah is very friendly and easy to talk to; even though we were busy and didn't see each other much, it felt like visiting a friend. She has a lovely home, and it was good to be back there after a long busy day.
The room was as described, clean and well prepared. Sarah was a very helpful person. There are lots of notes in the apartment, such as kitchen and bath room, so that I knew which stuff I can use. She also made a special map around the apartment showing where the closest train station or supermarket is. If you like dogs, there are two lovely dogs too. :)
I enjoyed staying her place.
Sarah made us feel very welcome when we stayed with her, she is very knowledgeable about the best things to see and do in Chicago and was always happy to take the time to explain things to us. The house was exactly as described, well furnished and full of character. The neighborhood was also lovely with tree lined streets and places to rest and drink within walking distance. Oh yes and the dogs are really sweet and made us feel welcome too! Thanks Sarah for having us and giving us a great time in your city.
We had a great stay at Sarah's apartment. She was a fantastic host. She sent us great directions ahead of our arrival, bought us food to have during our stay (and even got us more after we finished some of it), and her apartment has cute notes with directions for her guest. The room was exactly as described, and the apartment was in a great area.
Sarah is an incredible host, very friendly, welcoming and caring. Though I only stayed with her for a week (it felt too short!) she was very thoughtful and kind and checked in with me when we saw each other to make sure I was comfortable and happy. Both the room and her apartment were very clean and cool! The bed is incredibly comfortable, and there's lots of storage in the dresser and closet available. Her two dogs were so sweet! Lois does bark a lot, but she's an angel, really.
Her home is in a great location near public transit (two train stops within a ten minute walk with bus stops nearby as well). There were lots of cute shops and neat restaurants in the neighbourhood, and everyone was very friendly.
Honestly, there wasn't a single moment that I felt uncomfortable. Sarah went above and beyond to make sure I was safe and that my needs were met. Even when the wifi connection was unreliable (through no fault of hers!), she called her internet provider and tried to sort things out even though she had to go to work. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sarah to friends or family visiting Chicago, and will definitely stay there again the next time I visit!
If you are looking for a warm, helpful, and kind host, Sarah is it. Throughout our stay Sarah offered us advice on what to do while in Chicago, and she even went as far as to offer us food. Sarah was a very relaxed host while we were there, which is always a good thing. The location is good because it is a walk away from the brown line and the neighborhood felt safe. So, if you're looking for looking to stay in Chicago, keep this listing in mind.
A friend and I stayed in the apartment for just a short period of time but we felt very welcomed and at ease.
Our host, had everything prepared for us, maped out some hot spots for us to go and made sure we were comfortable.
Would stay here again when/if i return to chicago area.
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About the Host, Sarah
Welcome! I'm a busy nonprofit events director living in (and loving) Chicago with my two barky, wonderful dogs Lois (10) and Clarence (3). Live music, films, and art of all kinds are my favorite things, next to bicycles and dogs. I enjoy rare travel, hosting, cooking, and meeting new people, and I hope you fall in love with this great city and its neighborhoods during your visit. My place is very homey and comfortable, and just a short train ride to downtown.