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.
Joel ci ha accolto benissimo, spiegandoci come poter visitare Chicago ed aiutandoci a portare in casa le valigie. L'annuncio rispecchia la sistemazione. Il quartiere è un po' fuori centro, però ci sono locali e servizi vicini, è meno curato ed abbastanza trasandato, ma tuttavia tranquillo, la fermata della metro più vicina èAl a 15-20 minuti a piedi.
Vi hade en fantastiskt bra vistelse i Chicago och hos Laura och Joel! Båda är mycket trevliga, tillmötesgående och allmänt coola. Vi fick jättebra tips på bla närliggande restauranger, barer och butiker. Området var coolt och nära med tåg till downtown. Toppbetyg!
Joel was super welcoming with lots of suggestions and generousity, their home is very comfortable and a haven from the street bustle, we loved the theatre and jazz nights.
Loved being so close to all the public transport, we can recommend walking around humble park and the Cuban restaurant 90 miles, thanks Joel and Laura for making Chicago so enjoyable, we highly recommend your home to all.
We stayed with Laura and Joel and had a wonderful visit. Laura and Joel are great hosts. The reply very quickly, help you out with any questions, know fun places to check out and are just super nice. When ever you need them, they are there. But they also give you all he privacy you which for during your visit. The apartment is very nice and well located (it is about a ten minute walk to the Western-Stop which brings you easily to the airport and also within minutes downtown). Thanks again to Laura and Joel for making our stay so pleasant. We would definitely come back if visited Chicago again.
Laura & Joel were perfect hosts. They stayed up late when our flight arrived later than we thought it would and they explained everything we needed to know right at the start. The apartment is very clean and cosy and we had a nice, but awfully short time there - we didn't get much time to hang out with our hosts. We wish them our best for their marriage and would definitely stay at their place again.
Esmeralda & Iris
Laura and Joel Were very friendly and helpful with everything, the room is a Little small but everything was clean and nice decorated :) we Were out most of the Time, so it did not matter to us. the Place is not far from the City, just 20min by sub.
Joel provided us all day passes for the Chicago watet Taxi which was very nice and a beautiful way to See the city!
Thanks for that again :)
All in all it was a good Deal, thanks for having us :))
Laura and Joel were very helpful, accommodating, all around great hosts. The space was very cozy and we had a great time in the neighborhoods just a short walk from the house. I would highly recommend this listing to anyone!
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!