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! LGBTQ, POC, Muslims, and immigrants are welcome and will find a safe space in my home!
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 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 comes over frequently, and he can answer any questions as they come up as well. I'm happy to communicate with you via text, What's App, Viber, email, or phone.
I've lived in this neighborhood for more than 10 years, and I love hosting and "showing off" this fantastic city and my charming north side neighborhood called North Center - I think you'll enjoy yourself here! Feel free to ask any questions.
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 a lot, and may have other guests checking in and out, so we will need to mutually arrange a time. I like to show you around and give you your key when you arrive when I can!
BICYCLE: If you'd like to use the guest bike, please let me know! Chicago is a great place to get around by bike. It's a comfortable upright cruiser with a step-through frame, and fenders. Chicago also recently opened Divvy, our public bike-sharing system, so you may choose to look into that instead, especially if you're traveling with another person or if you are taller than me.
• Absolutely no smoking in or near the apartment/porch/etc.
• You MUST be a dog-lover. These two canines are very dog-like!
• 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!
Welcome! I'm a busy nonprofit events director living in (and loving) Chicago with my two barky, wonderful dogs Lois (12) and Clarence (4). 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.