About This Listing
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.
Es war unse erste Buchung über Airbnb. Wir haben uns bei Laura und Joel sehr wohl gefühlt. Alles war wie beschrieben. Die Beiden sind sehr nett und haben uns tolle Tipps für unseren Aufenthalt gegeben. Die Buchung bei Ihnen können wir weiter empfehlen.
Thanks for hosting us. We enjoyed our stay. Wish you all the best.
Laura and Joel are the kind of people who make travelling with airbnb one of the best experiences in your whole life. They are so helpful and nice that you cannot put a scale on it! Both gave us some tips about the city that saved us both cash and time. They enrichened our knowledge about the city and shared they love of Chicago. Told us where to shop and recommended some products. Cool people!
The room is just great with an awesome bed - since then we've been sleeping in a couple of motels and we wish we stole Laura and Joel's bed with us :D All clean and tidy with washing machine and dryer in the next room.
If this was a facebook status, one like wouldn't be enough. If you want to stay in Chicago - you've just found your perfect hosts!
Laura and Joel were wonderful hosts. Laura was there to meet us when we arrived and gave us a quick tour of the space and showed us our room. Laura gave us some great recommendations of places to go as well. Their place was great! Really close to lots of great bars and restaurants, but in a quiet neighborhood. Would definitely stay here again.
We spent three nights at Laura and Joel's house and it was great! They live in a very nice, clean and safe neighbourhood - quiet, but also close to cool bars, restaurants and shops. The bus stops next to their place and the subway is a 10 to 15 minutes walk away. Laura and Joel are great hosts; they are very communicative and helpful, we felt very welcome!
We can definitely recommend their place!
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!
About the Host, Laura And Joel
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!
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