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!
I had such an amazing time in Sarah's place. Her appartment in a nice house is very comfortable, and close to train station. She knows Chicago so well, so she gave me a lot (I mean a lot !) of informations about the city : best restaurants, best theaters, places to buy music, to visit... All of her indications made ma travel much easier. Thanks to her it was fantastic !
I really enjoyed my first time airbnb experience. Sarah made me feel at home. Room was very cute and clean. I love the cute dogs! Very convinient location. I felt safe walking back at night. Thanks Sarah!
Mi estancia con Sarah fue genial en todo sentido.
El apartamento está en una casita de un barrio residencial de Chicago, en una zona tranquila, segura, y con todos los servicios necesarios. Está muy bien comunicado por tren o autobús con el centro y con cualquier parte de la ciudad. A mi llegada, Sarah, Lois, y Clarence (sus 2 perros adorables) me estaban esperando y desde el primer momento me hicieron sentir como en casa.
Compartir con Sarah fue de lo más relajado, es una persona generosa y descomplicada que te pone cómoda en seguida, con quien la conversación es fluida y la convivencia realmente fácil.
Poder cocinar supuso un buen ahorro para mis bolsillos, el supermercado está a 2 pasos, y la cocina perfectamente equipada y siempre limpia -como el resto del apartamento-.
La habitación es muy acogedora y la cama muy muy cómoda, con sábanas suaves y un edredón bien calentito bajo el que refugiarse. Tuve un juego completo de 3 toallas bien mullidas para mí, e incluso unas pantuflas y un batín! :) ¿Qué más se puede pedir? Con tanto confort daban ganas de quedarse en casa hibernando!
... Pero no! Chicago tiene demasiado que ofrecer, y Sarah te proporciona toda la información necesaria -mapas, guias, sugerencias- para que aproveches tu estancia al máximo.
Y es que tuve una anfitriona espectacular, se preocupó de que no me faltara de nada y siempre sentí que podía contar con ella para cualquier problema que tuviera.
Me llevo un gran recuerdo y le doy todas las estrellas posibles. Lo único que cambiaría es la duración de mi estancia: me quedé solo una semana, la próxima vez será mucho más!
Thank you so much Sarah for taking such good care of me. I'll be back! :)
Sarah's flat was conveniently located near the Irving Park station on the Brown line (about 30 minutes from downtown). She made us feel very welcome and provided towels and some basics for breakfast, which was a nice touch.
The guest room and the flat are nice, although not quite as large and bright as the pictures suggest. The bed was comfortable. Sarah has two cute dogs - one of them, Lois, is pretty vocal, so I guess you have to be prepared for that :)
We were out visiting Chicago (and working) most of the time and Sarah's place was good to go back to and get some rest at night.
Sarah was great! She made me feel right at home the moment I arrived with a "Welcome Matt!" sign on her door to make sure I was in the right place. Thank you for advise on how to get around and some great things to see while I was there!
Sarah is a very nice host! Before I went there, she texted me to make sure that I can smoothly got there. And, she write a welcoming board that makes me feel very surprised! In the refrigeri
tor, I can always find fruits, yogurts that she leaved for me. Neighbours are friendly. I can went to the apartment even in the midnight, along! If I go north again, I'll defiantly choose Sarah's house. It's my only and best choise. Thank you Sarah!
Darling Damen Dwelling is such a wonderful place! I have stayed with Sarah and Lois and Clarence (two dogs) for the last two months and the only word that describes my experience is "wonderful"!
First, the room, the apartment and the neighborhood are very very nice - big comfortable bed, cozy and well equipped kitchen, perfect location with buses, metro, supermarkets, park and bars, restaurants and breweries in walking distance!
Second, Sarah is such a lovely and caring host! She made my stay very comfortable and made me feel homey right away.
It has been a big pleasure meeting you, Sarah! Thank you very much for this wonderful stay!
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Welcome! I'm a busy arts administrator and art teacher living in (and loving) Chicago with my two barky, wonderful dogs Lois (10) and Clarence (2-1/2). 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 to help 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.