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.
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.
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)
JB made my first Airbnb experience absolutely amazing! His place is very clean and organized! He's also done a marvelous job with the art work. I really hope to stay at JB's next time I come to Chicago. He also had quite a bit of knowledge of the area and how to get to public transit downtown. Very friendly!
Jb was very flexible about time and was there waiting when we arrived.
This is hands down my favorite airbnb stay yet.
Everything was an authentically aesthetically pleasing experience: the preserved old building's architecture lets the light pour in on art everywhere, from the pieces on the walls to the way he organizes the necessities in his place, from soap to dried beans!
We loved wandering the historic neighborhood, including the local old world diner experience, perusing through the art books, and reading an article Jb printed for guests on the Pullman social experiment.
We wished we could stay longer in the beautiful space, and hope to be able to return.
We enjoyed very much our stay at JB's.
He was very nice to us and was waiting for us for the checkin eventhough we were a couple ours late. He then, showed us the place and gave us the keys to the apartment and gave us some hints on what to do in teh city and int he Pullman village. He also was very nice and worried to find us a local car service that later would be useful to get to the airport in times the train is not operating.
We visited the city everyday via the Metra train and it was fast, close and safe.
The apartment had lots of details, was comfy, well organized and clean. Kitchen was complete but no microwave(it was announced this way), which was no problem. The oven worked very well.
We didnt even notice he was in the office in the lower level of the build if he was ever there.
We thank JB for having us there. We recommend it.
Our host Jb eagerly came to welcome us upon our arrival. The apartment was just as described. We felt like we had taken a step back in time, surrounded by history and art and beauty in every room. Jb provided us with maps and tips and historical facts, and he was very available and flexible. His welcome and home felt very warm.
The place was magical! A delicate, peaceful space, and a beautiful starting point to get to know Chicago. Jb was so friendly and very helpful. Place was better than advertised! Easy to get into center of town by train or car. Hope I have a chance to stay again! Thanks very much Jb!
Great place! JB is a terrific host and I definitely recommend this historic flat.
Jb's place in Pullman is wonderful! It's super clean, airy and very comfortable. There are artistic touches and artwork everywhere and it's fully stocked with everything you could want. The Pullman neighborhood is fascinating and the neighbors were very friendly. It's easy to hop on Metra to Town. Jb was very friendly and accommodating. I had a wonderful stay and recommend it to all!
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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...