You will love your cozy bedroom in our spacious Duplex apartment. During your visit, take a nice stroll in beautiful Humboldt Park, go shopping in artsy Wicker Park or take a quick L ride to sight see Downtown or North side Chicago.
Our spacious duplex apartment is one of the most unique spaces in Chicago. Before this was an apartment, it was a community center for the neighborhood! The upstairs (where your bedroom is located) is a spacious two- bedroom apartment with an open floor plan. Some features include a dramatic vintage built in mirror, comfy sectional couch, formal dining room and very high ceilings. Your cozy bedroom is at the back of the apartment and comfortably fits two guests. You are located right next to the kitchen, bathroom and washer and dryer. Downstairs is an artist's studio with an open floor plan with a bathroom and an office. We use this space for performances, parties, events and rehearsals.
-Free street parking and private parking in the back.
-Shared living room, kitchen and formal dining room.
-Complimentary coffee, tea and fruit in the morning.
-Smoke/Pet free environment
-Full size bed (double)
-Iron and board
-Fresh linens and towels
-In unit washer and dryer
- Ask us about Complimentary Water Taxi Boat Rides on the Chicago River! (Available in the warmer season)
- Ask us about discounted theater tickets!
Interaction with Guests
We are super fun, social and flexible hosts who welcome diversity and all kinds of lifestyles. We love getting to know new people and we are happy to help you however we can.
Because we are both actors, our schedules are sporadic. Joel is home during afternoons, Laura is home late evenings. Sometimes we will both be gone all day. We always make sure to share our schedules with each guest when they stay with us.
When we are home, you will most likely see us in the kitchen cooking. If you are a guest wishing to use our kitchen for your own cooking, please be aware that this is a shared space.
Our bedroom is located on the opposite side of the apartment so you will have lots of privacy and space to yourself at night.
We welcome guests who are open to staying in an urban environment. Our neighborhood is one of the most racially diverse in the city offering a mixture of different languages, foods and cultures. During the day you will hear lots of city noises: dogs barking, kids playing. However at night, it is very quiet.
We live down the street from Humboldt Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Chicago. Filled with natural habitats and Chicago landmarks like the old horse stables and boathouse pavilion, it's beautiful to walk around any time of year. In the summer, there is a beach with a lifeguard! While walking through the neighborhood, you may spot murals that date back to the 1970s. These murals tell stories about the history of the community.
We are a 15 minute walk or 5 minute Bus Ride to Wicker Park 6 corners and Logan Square, the hippest neighborhoods in Chicago. They are great neighborhoods to go for restaurants, nightlife, art galleries, theaters, music venues and thrift shopping.
-15 minute walk to Blue Line, "Western" or "Damen" stop.
-5 minute bus ride to Blue Line, "Western" or "Damen" stop.
-O'Hare Airport: 40 minutes via Blue Line.
-Midway Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes via Orange Line and transfers to Red Line then North Avenue Bus
-Rental Bikes: Divvy Bike Station is a 5 minute walk. (Biking is so much fun in our neighborhood)
-Rental Cars: Zip Car Lot is a 5 minute walk.
Other Things to Note
*If you are interested in staying with us, but need a different check in or check out time, there is room for flexibility given our availability.
*We often have theater rehearsals in our living room or events downstairs. We will always ASK you first before we schedule the event. All guests are invited to events and rehearsals!
Thanks for checking us out!
-Laura and Joel
No smoking inside the apartment. We have a lovely front stoop and backyard area that you are welcome to use instead.
If you are a guest wishing to use our kitchen for your own cooking, please clean up after yourselves. Please be aware that the kitchen is a shared space.
We have an alarm system for the apartment. Every guest who books with us must use this! Please arm and disarm system upon entering and exiting. When you book with us we will give you the code and teach you how to use it. It is very easy.
If it is snowing or raining outside please take off your shoes at the front door.
Please turn off the lights when you leave the room.
You must lock all DOORS and close all WINDOWS when exiting.
If you have a lot of luggage and need extra space outside of you room, please let me or Joel know and we would be happy to accommodate you.
There is no curfew, but if you are entering after midnight please remember to respect the residence and neighbors by entering quietly.
We recycle and encourage guests to recycle.
Please do not over load the washer or dryer and clean the lint filter after use. If you are using washer please be timely and change it over quickly.
Pets are not allowed.
Laura and Joel were fantastic hosts, even going as far to accommodate our early arrival and giving us tips on what to do in the city! The room was clean and exactly as described and the location was great for exploring the city. We didn't see much of Laura and Joel but they made themselves accessible for any questions or concerns we may have had. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend their place.
Joel and Laura's was great! My husband and I appreciated Joel checking in the day before and greeting us upon our arrival. As first-timers in Chicago, we just wanted an affordable place to stay with an easy commute into the city. On our last day, we kept it low-key and explored Wicker Park–found great places to eat and hang out. Joel also gave us free water taxi tickets, which we got to use and enjoy. Thanks so much!
It was an awesome stay at Laura’s and Joel’s place. When I arrived Laura showed me the apartment, explained everything and at the end gave me some very good tips on what to do in Chicago. I also got some free tickets for the water taxi. I had some very nice chats with both of them. They are really great hosts and I highly recommend staying at their place.
The room and apartment is tidy, cozy and just a nice place to stay at.
The neighborhood features various great cafes and restaurants. It is a 10min walk to the blue line (or you take the bus which is even faster) and just 4 stops to downtown. It is an ideal place to stay at.
It was absolutely the best stay with airbnb ever! Laura an Joel are very kindly and helpful. We went on partys with both and had a lot of fun. Also they had great recommendations on theatre, restaurants, places and so on. The flat is very nice and we could use the kitchen every time. We are very glad that we picked you! Hope we see us again. Anna and Felix
The room was very comfortable and the bed warm at night - even though it was really cold outside. The neighborhood was quite and the apartment 2 min away from the bus.
Joel and Laura were really nice and welcoming. We had a great time!
Laura and Joel were great hosts. They were very communicative prior to our arrival, and while we were there. Their home is lovely and exactly as described. We felt at home during our stay and were able to use all common areas. It's in a perfect area for exploring, good food/beer and public transportation. It was a wonderful place to stay while on vacation in Chicago.
Joel and Laura were the best hosts we have ever experienced. When we entered we were stunned by the original atmosphere of the house. We felt like home from the very beginning. Being able to use the kitchen at any time, we were able to cook our own meals and eat from the fantastic oat meal. Joel and Laura would always have an open ear for any of our queries, whether theater or Chicago related. Thanks to their advice, we were able to immerse ourselves deeply into the Avant-garde theater scene in Chicago, we highly recommend seeing the unique monologues of enSolo, that Joel and Laura have brought into life.
People will feel extraordinaly safe in this house, since it is secured by one of the latest technology alarm systems.
We highly recommend Joel and Laura's residence to anyone coming to Chicago, they will make your stay a unique experience!
Hi! We're Laura and Joel! Laura is from Miami, Florida and Joel is from Lansing, Michigan. We are both in our late 20s and moved to Chicago to be actors. We are always in a play or auditioning for our next gig. We met in school at Columbia College Chicago and got our degrees in Acting. We're engaged to be married =). During the day, Laura works in development for a non profit organization and Joel is a licensed tour boat captain. At night, we are performing. We are almost always in rehearsal or performing in a play!
We are super friendly, fun and outgoing. We're social butterflies and we absolutely love hosting! We really enjoy meeting new people and helping them experience our beautiful city. As actors we are really open-minded people and love being around a diverse crowd. Chicago is an exciting city to be an artist! We have a wonderfully supportive and talented community of friends. When we aren't hosting Air Bnb guests, we love to invite friends over to rehearse some theater or join us for a dinner party or BBQ!
We are year long bike riders, we love listening to Radiohead, we enjoy cooking yummy vegan meals, and we are totally obsessed with Breaking Bad and House of Cards!