About this listing
Charming original 1880's Pullman workers flat in a wonderfully diverse community off the beaten path. Now a National Monument! Artists, historians,preservationists,architects,urban planners...Great place for creatives and explorers visiting Chicago.
Enjoy the entire 2nd Floor apartment of an original 1880's Pullman workers two flat row house. The building has been converted to Artist Live/Work Space (working art studio on the 1st floor / apartment on 2nd floor - you will be renting the entire private 2nd floor apartment). Full kitchen (no dishwasher or microwave!), relaxed backyard, washer dryer in the basement (if desired, by request). The building has been featured on several Historic Pullman House Tours over the years. Unique space with lots of original charm. 20-30 minutes to downtown Chicago via metra train or quick access to the highway. Located in the heart of the Pullman Landmark District (Now a National Monument and part of the US National Park Service!).
Explore The Historic Pullman community via the Visitor Center for walking tours, history of Pullman with interesting artifacts and more! Stop by our community organic food gardens and bee apiary at the Pullman Factory Site. Stroll through Arcade Park and gaze at the incredible restoration/renovations occurring at the Florence Hotel (and maybe witness an impromptu installation by our prolific Knit 'n Crochet group)... then meander down the street to be charmed by the architecture of the Greenstone Church, keep going and you will run into our new organic urban farm / food justice project (the Cooperation Operation). Hop on the Metra train (Metra Electric line) for a quick 20-30 min ride to all the downtown attractions Chicago has to offer (drops you at the center of everything; Millennium Park, Cultural Center, The Art Institute of Chicago...also stops at the Museum Campus (The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum, and The Shedd Aquarium), McCormick Place and Hyde Park U of C campus). SEE MORE TRAIN INFO BELOW*
One bedroom has a full size very comfortable bed that sleeps two. The study can also serve as a second bedroom with a modernist chaise lounge that folds down to a daybed for an additional guest if needed. Linens and towels are provided. Check-in check-out times are flexible unless there is someone else coming / going on the same date(s). In that case check-out is 11:00am or before and check-in is 3:00 pm or after. There is plenty of free street parking.
ART: Your stay helps support the mosnart artist residency here in Pullman. We invite artists from all over the world to come interact with the history, community, and architecture here by creating art installations of exceptional quality.
NOTES ON PULLMAN: The Pullman community is located on the far south side of Chicago and is in my opinion one of the most interesting and diverse areas of the city. People come from all over the world to see the historical remains (incredibly intact) of an industrialists utopia once touted "the worlds most perfect town" (now a National Monument). It is not the gold coast or your typical Chicago tourist spot but is instead a multicultural community engaged in preservation, restoration and re-purpose/reuse. There is a big box super store within walking distance with some organics as well as an eccentric diner/restaurant for fluffy pancakes (breakfast/lunch), but most of your shopping /dining will likely be outside of the community (Hyde Park is a short drive or train ride away with lots of dinning, etc). Pullman is truly unique and filled with charm (and only 20-30 mins to downtown Chicago). I'm pretty sure you will fall in love.
*More train info: The Metra Electric train runs from Pullman to the Chicago loop on a posted time schedule every few minutes during rush hours to once an hour during the rest of the day/evening Monday through Saturday and every two hours on Sunday. It is a 20 - 30 min ride to downtown. The last train of the evening leaves the Chicago loop 12:50 am. You can find a complete schedule on line at the metrarail site by looking up the Metra Electric Line (ME). The Kensington / 115th Street station is an easy 3 block walk from the flat and takes you to Millennium Park station in the heart of downtown Chicago. Most everyone loves the incredibly comfortable and quick train ride! If you are going to be taking it back and forth you can buy a 10 ride pass, Also offered are weekend passes with unlimited rides for only $8.00... Lots of Pullman people commute to downtown everyday!
Public Transportation from the airports:
O'Hare: Take the blue line el to the Washington stop and walk over to the metra station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. Take the Metra Electric University Park train to Kensington/115th station and walk 3 blocks to the flat. Very easy.
Midway: Take the orange line el to the Randolph/Wabash stop and walk over to the metra station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. Take the Metra Electric University Park train to Kensington/115th station and walk 3 blocks to the flat. Very easy.
Auto travelers: We are easily accessible via interstate 94. Downtown is 20-30 mins away via car depending on traffic of course. Plenty of free street parking!
Please contact to confirm availability and let me know a little about yourself. Ask all the questions you like!
Free WiFi. Backyard. Complete kitchen w/ pots, pans and salad spinners (no dishwasher or microwave!). Organic salad garden (in season). Washer/Dryer (if you let me know in advance). Fully furnished apartment w/ most everything you need!
Interaction with Guests
Happy to show you around the neighborhood (if available and desired) and get you settled in. I'm just down the block if you need anything. Also text or phone.
The entire town of Pullman was built 1880 as an industrialists utopian community to house his factory workers. It remains remarkably intact and is now part of Chicago and has recently been designated a National Monument and is part of the US National Park Service with With friendly Park Rangers and everything. Be sure to stop by the visitor center for walking maps and history of this remarkable place. (see above: NOTES ON PULLMAN)
Public Transportation: Metra train (see above for more info and directions to/from airports)
Auto Travelers: We are easily accessible via interstate 94. Downtown is 20-30 mins away via car depending on traffic of course. Plenty of free street parking!
Other Things to Note
The flat is not childproof and really isn't suitable for young kids.
Need more space? see my other listing "Pullman Art Studio" and rent both private floors of this two unit building.
This is a fully furnished apartment, please make yourself at home.
Check-in check-out times are flexible unless there is someone else coming / going on the same date(s). In that case check-out is 11:00am or before and check-in is 3:00 pm or after. There is plenty of free street parking.
The flat is not childproof and really isn't suitable for young kids.
also there is a no party policy.
Help yourself to the calphalon commercial cookware hanging under the 12 foot wooden prep table and also feel free to use the abundance of salad spinners, food processors, blenders, slicers dicers, etc in the pantry. Please clean up after yourself.
NOTE: The stove is old school and the oven must be manually lit for use (matches supplied).
Towels / Linens:
There are extra towels and bed linens in the hall closet if you need them. Please put the dirty ones in the hamper.
Of course. Enjoy. Picnic table and chairs. Let me know in advance if you want to use the old weber kettle grill and I’ll put out the charcoal chimney and some paper.
Heat / AC:
There are two window units to cool the place on the hottest days in the summer. Mostly I use open windows and use the kitchen window fan if needed. The heat is controlled by a thermostat in the living room. Please turn it down when you leave.
Lockbox: Please put key back in the lock box (if used). There is an identical key for your use in the unit.
There is a washer dryer in the basement. Let me know before you arrive if you would like to use them.
Shut windows if it looks like it might rain before you leave for the day.
We recycle glass, plastic and paper. Please separate and put your recyclables in the blue bin container in the alley and those things destined for the landfill in the black bins.
My cell number: (phone number hidden)
Big kitchen (no dishwasher or microwave) Lots of gadgets (food processors, salad spinners, etc) in the pantry.
This was my first airbnb experience and it was wonderful! Jb was a great host, very kind and open to helping us through the neighborhood. The profit from the apartment goes to a great cause, so it is a win-win. The space was very endearing and warm. Plus, the kitchen was fully stocked with cooking ware. I would love to visit again and explore the neighborhood a bit more.
I loved my stay in this historic Pullman flat. The apartment has an eclectic bohemian vibe and lots of awesome artwork and artifacts throughout the apartment. The place was clean and the neighborhood is outstanding! I will definitely stay here again.
Peaceful. Magical. Poetic. We wish we could live here!
JB is the most gracious host (picking us up from the Metra station when we arrived super late after we missed our first train!). We really enjoying meeting JB and Amy - so wonderful.
Everything about our stay here was perfect. We were grateful to relax in this beautiful and calm oasis after busy days exploring Chicago. The spaces in the flat have an amazing ambiance, inspiring natural light, and a completely refreshing aesthetic. Artwork and vintage objects everywhere.
We would love to visit again! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
Jb was a most welcoming and gracious host. The apartment was perfect to the point where I would want to live there. So many cool little odds and ends it felt like being at home. One of my favorite airbnb's yet.
JB is an awesome host! We had a reall good time in his apartment and the nice garden. He is super friendly - so ask him about Historic Pullman and start exploring your hood and Chicago. Communication was seamless. A nice airbnb experience!
Simply awesome and so nice to send us the bag we had forgotten. A great place to stay in Chicago !
JB is a very nice host and waited for us at the door for late night check in.The apartment is big and has everything you need. We love all the artworks in the house. I suggest taking some time and enjoy the place instead of going out all day if you are a traveller. Sitting in the reading room or the backyard in a summer afternoon is very enjoyable. Pullman is a historical and beautiful area and we spent some time walking around as well. Metra station is only 5mins away and only 30 mins to town (plan your journey ahead according to the schedule). We highly recommend this place !
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About the Host, Jb
Conceptual artist loves to explore...
I've traded homes with artist friends from all over the USA and Europe and have shared spaces with dear friends and acquaintances long before airbnb was created (airbnb now expands those possibilities!). I think this is by far the most interesting and rewarding way to travel and experience some "there" there. I look forward to hosting and staying.
I live in a 1880's workers 2-flat converted to an apartment on the second floor and art studio on the first floor in the Historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago, IL. I have a small organic food garden in the back and love to cook/prepare; raw, vegan/vegetarian, organic/healthy/gourmet - I'm not obliged to any specific diet so I enjoy lots of different foods and flavors. I try and learn one new thing a year - last year it was learning restoration of 1880's slate roof/facades with a craftsman and architect friends. This year, bringing artists to Pullman and Pullman to artists. Next, maybe exploring more permaculture ideas/trends.
I have an absolutely lovely girlfriend who travels with me whenever possible (Amy). She is a social delight and has a wonderful way with people/cultures (like insisting on learning/speaking Spanish when we explored Spain). She offers a genuine ease with meeting new people and a welcoming charm. You'll like her.
Looking forward to meeting you...