South Loop/ CONDO with free WIFI
This condo is literally five to ten minutes south of downtown. If you are a White Sox fan, U.S. Cellular stadium is five minutes away. If you are a Bears fan, Soldier Field is only five minutes away. If you are here for a conference at the McCormick Place, the commute is only three blocks. Free off street parking is available for those driving. Car rental can be optional as public transportation is literally right outside the door!!!! The #4 or #3 bus will take you right downtown or either taxi cab it since the taxi cab station is right near Michigan Ave. Call it or either jump into one as taxi's are continually coming down Michigan Ave!!!
The building is safe with secured entry; video cameras are located inside and outside of the building and security patrols 24 hours a day. Wireless internet and cable is available for your enjoyment. If you want to run on the lake, the lake is only two blocks away.
There is a new couch placed in the apartment that has a connecting chaise lounge (picture not shown) that can comfortably fit two additional guests.
GREAT DEAL during these harsh economic times!!!
Guests will have full access to the full unit. Towels, appliances, bed, television, etc. I just ask that you treat this place as your own as this is my home.
Interaction with Guests
I'm a traveling nurse so I'm always on the go. Sometimes I will be there to meet guests but usually if I am renting the unit its because I will be traveling but interaction via phone and email is always an option as I'm available 24/7. I also have a cleaning assistant who is available to meet guests in my absences.
I love the accessibility to downtown, the lake, the McCormick place and public transportation. It's affordable to be so close to all amenities mentioned.
Public transportation is right outside the door as the number #3 or #4 bus takes you literally downtown in ten minutes. There are also available cabs running up and down Michigan Ave.
Other Things to Note
The condo building houses a mixture of people. You will find medical residency students as the hospital is a block away. You will find ITT students as the ITT Institute is two blocks away along with primarily working condo owners who work within the downtown area.
No smoking allowed. No pets allowed unless approved by me.
A last minute decision to attend a trade show in Chicago led me to booking this apartment with Kean. He was very responsive to our communications and I was quickly able to secure his apartment the same day I was to arrive. Kean was very accommodating and was able to arrange the cleaning of his flat inside the small timeframe between the previous guest's departure and my arrival.
The apartment was quite clean and comfortable. It's a bachelor apartment, which wasn't apparent by the photos, but I was on my own this trip so I didn't require more space.
The location of the apartment is not ideal for walking anywhere for restaurants or shopping. You definitely need a car or public transit to get to the downtown core. This didn't bother me since I had a car and it was close enough to the McCormick Center. I attempted to walk it the first morning but the sidewalks were not well cleared.
Overall, I found it to be good value if you are attending a trade show or need to be near IIT, but if I come back to Chicago for pleasure I will book something closer to the downtown core.
Kean's place was in the perfect location for our event at the McCormick. Kean was very quick to reply to any questions I had and was very friendly. There were three of us staying at his studio which is basically an old hotel building, the appt is exactly like staying in a lived in hotel room. The balcony was the best part, it had an amazing view and was wonderful to step out to get some fresh air, because the studio was about 80 degrees the whole time we were there. We had to sleep with the door open both nights to sleep, but pretended we were on vacation somewhere warm. We felt very safe and getting in and out of the building was very easy. It was also a very quiet building, which we also loved. Staying in Kean's studio you will have easy, free street parking if you drive and getting a cab on Michigan is very easy too. There are no restaurants or grocery stores near by which I read in the previous reviews, so I stopped for a few groceries before coming. I wish I would have bought toilet paper, because there was less than one roll for three girls to share. There was also suppose to be two air mattresses, but there was one. The couch is a sectional and can sleep two (not that comfy)and the bed (sort of comfy) is a queen that can sleep two as well. The listing says up to five people, but I don't see that happening unless you want to be packed in like sardines.
Overall, I would recommend staying here, but know it's not fancy, it looks better in the pictures. If it were a hotel it would be about a 2 star. The three of us would stay again for sure because of the convenience and price.
Kean was very helpful and responded immediately to any questions we had. The condo is about a 10 minute walk from McCormick Place and 20 minutes from down town. The bus also stops out front, which was very handy. The condo itself had everything we needed - a comfortable bed and air mattress, kitchen, etc. It is a little run down but the furnishings are updated and Kean has obviously made an effort to make it look nice. The condo was relatively clean but could use a deep cleaning. The sheets and bathroom were clean. It was a convenient and comfortable place for us to stay! Also, the view is fantastic.
I cannot say it was horrible and that I wouldn't recommend others to stay because that would be unfair, as it had its positives and adequacy. That being said, I do not think that it was as described. For example, one of the biggest negatives and perhaps only true negative was that the owner describes having a hired help clean the Apartment. However, I found the place to be not the cleanest, especially if there is hired help... i recommend that the owner hire someone else because they might be completely duping you. I ended up sleeping on the couch on the only clean looking blanket Just to be safe. This was not ideal or super comfy. There was hair in the floor of bathroom as well . A few other minor problems were immediately dealt with because kean is available 24/7 as he states on his page, which is extremely generous and convenient. I do think the price is higher than the quality of stay; however, you do get the whole place to yourself, which is nice.
I wish you would have address your concerns while staying in the unit as I would have had MaryAnn come to inspect your areas of concern. We discussed over the phone and via text directions to get to the McCormick place in addition to questions you had about the WIFI. At no time did you mention these things in which I would have gotten taken care of for you right away. I will discuss your suggestions with MaryAnne and please contact so we discuss your stay and possible compensation if you have pictures to describe what you saw.
I was in town for a conference at the McCormick center. This place was perfect. It is a short walk to the center but since I was here in December I usually just hopped in the bus and was usually walking into the convention center less than 10 minutes after I left the apartment. This apartment has everything you need, is easy to access from public transportation and was perfect for met. I'd stay here again.
Everything was excellent, thank you.
My stay at Kean's place was what I expected based on the number of previous reviews, location and pictures. It's definitely value for money, although it is true as others have pointed out that the general neighborhood is a bit empty, nothing to really see or do there. Downtown is close though. I chose the place mainly because of the proximity to McCormick Place, but it was so cold outside during my visit that I considered a cab just for the 5 blocks walk.
The flat itself is spacious and clean and the kitchen is well-equipped. I didn't actually meet Kean but he was available via iMessage and readily responded to my queries.
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Doctoral student working towards my EdD in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University Downtown Chicago. I bought the place as a extra home when I wanted to stay in the city while going to work or school as I own a home in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Down to earth, fun loving guy that enjoys traveling, shopping and hanging with my close family and friends.
I'm an Assistant Director of Student Finance and an adjunct professor facilitating Interpersonal Communication and Business Communication.