An amazing loft with great views in the heart of all the action. Great bed, amenities, location, privacy, and close to everything - MI AVE, Lake MI, River, the beach, 100s of top food spots, public transportation, & more!
It's a very unique, clean space, in the heart of Chicago's up and coming, most expensive to live/rent in neighborhood, River North.
Please read on for all details. I'm very thorough to best manage your expectations and answers all your questions.
1-3 GUESTS / PRIVATE ROOM:
A: The guest room comfortably sleeps 1-3 people in the queen bed + twin on floor.
B: A twin bed can be put in the guest room if desired, which makes it tight in there, but guests have appreciated it. The couch and "loft room" (see below) is an option but guests need to very quiet during sleep hours.
3+ GUESTS / ENTIRE PLACE: I charge extra for people staying outside of the guest room, then you can also rent the entire space. Depends how many people you have.
2-3ppl in the guest room, then the couches and "loft room" for more. The loft can also be rented out entirely, which will also give you access to my bedroom in the main room for 2-3 more ppl, which can have "Street noise" - but it doesn't bother me or most guests at all. Add $100 per night for entire space. This is GREAT for parties of 3 or more, and still saves you money on other listings and hotels in this wonderful neighborhood.
You walk into an entryway, with a hallway into the 'main room'. The hallway includes the bathroom, storage/laundry, and the guest room. The main room includes the kitchen, living room, dining room, all the windows, and my 'false walled' bedroom. The bathroom is small as is the shower, but it's clean and does the job well. In total the loft is 1600 square feet, with a 24'x45' "main room" with 15' ceilings.
WHAT TO ENJOY:
Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, hundreds of restaurants of all ethnicities within blocks, in unit laundry, available storage, a big kitchen with lots to work with, lots of plants, being close to all public transportation, grocery stores, music venues, theaters, Michigan Avenue "Magnificent Mile", the Chicago River, Lake MI, etc, etc, etc! And your own set of keys to come and go as you please.
MORE ABOUT ME/WHAT TO EXPECT:
I'm a super kind and organized host, looking for a way to supplement income while launching an online businesses to help charities. I work from home and have an office close by.
--Weekdays: I'm generally up between 6:45 and 7:30AM to exercise, cook breakfast, then work, and spend most evenings working at home or enjoying a movie, TV show, or cooking, sometimes with a friend. Bed by 10/11PM.
--During the weekends: Bed by 11/12AM and sleep in a little more till 8/9AM, but generally get up for exercise and work / rest at home.
For all beds I swap out 6 great sets of new comfy sheets, 4 comforters & duvet covers, 6 pillows, with protectors for increased cleanliness & comfort. In the guest room I offer a water dispenser & glasses + tea, a desk, dresser and closet, fan, plenty of outlets, bathroom amenities, and more.
LOFT ROOM: It's a very short and small lofted room (more like a fort...and it's tough to climb up with a ladder so more for the adventurous - see pics) with a twin bed + electricity / lamp / shelving in it to sleep another person or couple if needed (friends get a kick out of), or that twin bed is used in the guest room.
PARKING: available Mon-Fri 6pm-7am for $20 extra per night, and from 6pm Friday - Monday 7am for $30 extra per night (Fri-Sun). FYI parking in neighborhood is $35-50 per night, and metered street parking for $(website hidden) from 8am till 12-midnight. There's a hotel across the street that offers a 'early bird' $12 parking if you enter before 9am and leave before 6pm - which works nicely with the weekday parking in my lot.
Access everything... Laundry room, storage room, juice and coffee maker, kitchen appliances, island & kitchen table, chaise lounge for great relaxing and viewing of the city, our private rooftop if I'm with you, 2nd floor ariel yoga studio, first floor karaoke bar and grill, and more!
Interaction with Guests
As much or little as you want. I work from home a few days a week so I'm around, but most guests are out. I stay pretty busy and private, but always happy to share morning coffee or tea, TB/movies, and more -- please don't be shy to come out of the guest room and join me on the couch! OR, I can leave you be with keys to come in and out as you'd like!
River North is one of Chicago's best known and up and coming neighborhoods... I provide / email you a detailed "LOFT FAQ" with Check-In + Check-Out details, instructions on how to get in, and recommendations nearby! We're just a 1-10 block / 2-20min walk away from almost everything: the Chicago River, Lake MI, MI Ave, 100s of restaurants, grocery stores, theaters, parks, museums, and much more! Happy to point you in the direction for any activities, services, or interests! For touring discounts, check out the "Chicago Go Pass".
Getting around from the place is easy! There's available parking after 6pm and on weekends (see above), and other parking options close by. Cabs are readily available at the doorstep, and they can easily get to our place right off the highway. Public transportation from the airports is VERY easy as well, taking you from the airport trains (Blue line from O'hare, Orange line from Midway) to just 10 blocks from the place. And there are the most popular bus stops and trains within a few blocks. I strongly encourage you to download "(website hidden) Maps" on your smart phone as it is VERY easy and accurate for walking and using the CTA (Chicago Transportation Association - Bus and Trains) to get to my place, and around the city!
Other Things to Note
I want to be clear so there's no surprises, as that's how I'd want to be treated:
1) There's one private guest bedroom for you with door/lock, then my bedroom is behind the big library wall in the "main room". That means it's a "loft-style open room" as in their isn't a closable door or closed off walls to the ceiling, so when I'm sleeping 10pm-7pm usually, I ask that you're quiet in the kitchen. Think of a big loft from the movies with high ceilings and a bed closed off in the corner by a big library, plants, and partitions ;) It's private, but not sound proof at all. Please see pics.
2) It is a VERY old industrial building and I'm on the top floor (6th, but seems higher due to high ceilings and unobstructed views)... Therefore, once or twice a year ONLY IF THERE IS A BIG STORM OR MAJOR SNOW MELT, there can be some minor leaking. It HONESTLY rarely happens, and when it does it only lasts a few hours at most, but I feel it needs to be said in case it happens while you're here. With over 45 guests so far it hasn't happened once.
All said, the place is AMAZING, and every guest or friend who's stayed absolutely LOVES it - just see the reviews! It's easily one of the coolest places in downtown Chicago, as agreed by all our hundreds of guests over the years... really, you'll love it - I'm very grateful to have it!
Please see FAQ sheet I leave in the room and email you prior to get familiar and acquainted. I get to bed and up early (10/11pm, 6:45/7:30am), so with my bed in the main loft room, I always appreciate your consideration and respect there - you obviously don't have a curfew ;) but I just ask to be mindful of use of the kitchen / living room after 10pm/before 7:30am as it can be disturbing (if needed, let me know ahead of time and we'll work it out!). Also, I'm very clean, and expect the same.
Pets are negotiable, as in, we can have them, but for an extra fee per night. No smoking.
Luke is an awesome host!!!!!! His place is super comfortable and clean. Me and my friends had a great time in his guest room. He offered a lot of help while we were there. I'll definitely recommend his place!
We couldn't have been more pleased with our first Airbnb experience! The space is amazing, just as beautiful as the pictures - filled with warmth and interest. The neighborhood is right downtown - we could easily walk to the train and to great restaurants and entertainment. After exploring the city, it was wonderful to return to the urban oasis that Luke has created. Honestly, the only thing better than the space was getting to meet Luke. He is sincere, friendly and knowledgeable about Chicago.
Perfect location for a sightseeing weekend in Chicago. And Luke was really kind and gave us good tips where to go. Everything really clean and uncomplicated.
This was my first time using AirBnB, and Luke made the process so easy and made us feel very welcome in his home! He provided detailed information about his space, as well as recommendations of things to do around the city, which was absolutely great since it was my first time in Chicago. The ambiance of Luke's place was amazing. The location was also excellent, all of the main sites we wanted to see were within a 20 minute walk or even shorter bus ride away. My friend and I are already planning to come back to Chicago during the summer, and we will definitely plan to stay at Luke's again! :)
Stayed at Luke s with my sister. It was an amazing stay. Such a cool and nice host, great location near everything, super nice place and beautiful with such a nice atmosphere! Luke was very helpful, friendly and of good discussions. we are very glad that we met him. We re waiting for you in paris.
Absolutely fantastic spot. Welcome instructions were perfect and simply, Luke was an impeccable host. I'd recommend his place to anyone.
The three of us stayed at Luke's apartment for 3 days and it was wonderful. The location is excellent. It is close to everything downtown which saves us a lot of time and money on travel. The description of the room is accurate. The beds are comfy and the atmosphere is relaxing. Luke is very friendly and flexible with our checkin and check out time. We really appreciate that. We tried several restaurants he recommended and all of them are tasty and worth recommended. For future visitors, I would definitely recommend staying at Luke's place.
I'm a hardworking, laid back, healthy, active guy. I grew up on a small farm in a small town in WI, started my first business and left at 18yrs old and traveled the states a lot. Living in Chicago since 2005 and this loft since 2008. Currently I'm working on a philanthropic project and a wellness venture, so AirBnb is helping pay the bills through this transition.
I love to cook, stay in when not working or exercising, and help host with recommendations and easy to reach communication! Over 6 months of experience on AibBnb, I put a lot of thought and details in my profile to manage expectations and answer questions, so please spend the time to read through it in detail :)
I look forward to hearing from you and promise the experience is as good or better than all the reviews!