About This Listing
Walk Score of 92! Enjoy late nite entertainment@restaurants, 4am bars & clubs, theaters, improv’s, music venues. Safely walk day & nite to all; grocery stores, 24hr drug store, elite shopping, local gyms&pool, train & bus stations all w/in 5 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE-In order to accommodate you or your group appropriately, we will need additional information. For example, your group may not fit in one room, you may wish to occupy more than one room or a level of the home.
Charges vary by number of persons, space, room/s, weekends/special holidays or events and length of stay.
My apologies but it is difficult to address each and every possibility we can provide so the site calculator and/or calendar will NOT be correct.
Please verify availability and rates with the host prior to booking.
Thank you for your understanding and assistance in providing you a memorable vacation and stay.
This home has 4 levels, 3 separate apartments, multiple rooms and a variety of accommodations available for different budgets and needs along with a full size bathroom on each level for our guests comfort and convenience. (There are 10+beds available per level)
As hosts, we typically remain on the property full time to provide more of a "homestel" and/or dormitory style environment. Only 2 of the 3 complete private apartments rather than the entire home will typically be available March thru October when we cannot tear ourselves away from this amazing city!
We welcome you to respectfully enjoy our home as if it were your own, with access to the living areas, decks, eat in kitchens, etc.
About the neighborhood:
Why we love it-Lakeview is a beautiful neighborhood with lush tree lined streets, historic million dollar homes, and lots of young families. Pretend you’re a local by spending time walking around the area parks, boutiques, brunch joints (Kanel, Bakin’& Eggs) coffee shops, and amazing restaurants with dining deals every night!
Speaking of the nightlife-vibrant bars with wonderful craft beers, (Ten Cat, NorthDown) happening live music venues (Uncommon Ground, Schuba’s, Metro, Lincoln Hall), comedy clubs (Chemically Imbalanced, IO Theater, Comedy Sportz, Second City), catch indie and foreign films (The Landmark Century Centre Cinema, The Music Box or Brew and View at the Vic Theater) award winning performing arts (Athenaeum, Apollo, TimeLine, Playground, Stage 773) makes this an ideal location.
Not to mention Chicago’s sporting events-Wrigley Field is within walking distance and the home of the Bulls and Blackhawks (United Center) as well as White Sox’s Cellular Field is a quick trip on public transit!
With twenty-four hour trains, some overnight bus services, and plenty of taxis all within minutes of our home, transportation in and around the city is fast and easy- even to and from Midway and O’Hare Airport!
Enjoy Lake Michigan’s Lakefront, with a 22 mile stretch of bike and running path. Don’t forget to sink your toes in the sand, visit the fun bars and maybe join a game of volleyball at North, Oak, Ohio and Montrose Beaches. The free Lincoln Park Zoo and Nature Museum are close by and great for a family-fun weekend.
After dark when the "Loop" and downtown sites are desolate, the work day is over and the sidewalks roll up at 6pm, take an opportunity to enjoy the uniqueness of one of the best North side neighborhoods. Take a break and unwind from your conference or convention at McCormick Place.
Walk to Wrigleyville for the city’s best nite life, plethora of bars (The Cubby Bear, Smart Bar or my favorite-Duece's) and restaurants or Wrigley Field for Cubs Games and concerts. (free game nite and concert parking for our guests)
Just a few blocks away, check out the up and coming Southport Corridor for shopping at traditional retailers like Anthropologie, Lululemon, Gap, Blue Mercury mixed with amazing boutiques, consignment shops, amazing restaurants such as Tango Sur, Southport Grocer.
Stroll along Lincoln, Clark and Belmont Avenue's or over to Roscoe Village or Ravenswood to enjoy our local stores, vintage shops, micro breweries, brunch, etc.
We’ve got it all! Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Jewel Osco are just a quick walk. (Our neighborhood has a walk score of 91)
We provide Wifi, cable TV, parking, etc.
About the transit:
Chicago's amazing public transit system and the proximity of stops to our place, makes this an ideal location to call home base when visiting the city and local attractions.
Sleep peacefully-we are close enough to the "EL" for convenience but far enough that it is a distant if unnoticeable sound.
Our clean, safe home is nestled conveniently between the Red line train (which operates 24/7) and Brown line Addison "EL" city train stops.
The Paulina brown line station is just a few short blocks along with the Southport and Addison brown/red line stations within 10 minutes walking distance.
The #9 (North and South) and the #152 (East and West) bus stops are at each end of our block.
About the sites:
The speedy train will have you to the steps of all area sites within minutes; such as Michigan Avenue known as Magnificent Mile for the shoppers, The Arts Institute for the largest Monet collection in the world, Museum Campus for those who wish to explore the Shedd Aquarium, Field and Science and Adler Planetarium.
Or if your wish is to wander Navy Pier for the 15 story Ferris Wheel and Shakespeare Theater or take in the beauty of Lake Shore Drive and the miles of lakefront bike paths, this is it.
Visit other conveniently located neighborhoods. Check out Old Town for a visit to the famous Second City and Wells Street, or further East to Gold Coast for more great restaurants and nightlife and further West for trendy Bucktown and Wicker Park for shopping or food tours. Go North to Andersonville’s quaint Main Street, North West to Lincoln Square for Old Town School of Folk Music and North East to Uptown for some of my favorites like Tank Noodle on Argyle Streets “Little Vietnam” area, the Green Mill, Chicago’s oldest jazz club, the Aragon Ballroom and Riviera and Annoyance Theaters.
Other must see and do’s like, Millennium Park to include The Bean (Cloud Gate) and Frank Gehry’s outdoor concert pavilion, Grant Park for Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, Lincoln Park and the free Zoo all easy trips.
The not to be missed tours by boat, bus or foot sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Foundation for structural and history buffs alike, Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) for the 360 degree views on the Sky Deck and the John Hancock Building observatory for the adventurers.
Nearby colleges DePaul and Loyola as well as easily accessible UIC and Northwestern, makes this a great stay for parent visits or temporary housing for college students.
About the house:
This is an amazing place with lots of space! This home has 4 levels; the Penthouse level and the main level (A) which are one apartment, the middle level (B) which is its own apartment and the garden level (C) also its own apartment.
The Penthouse level, accessed by 3 flights stairs, offers two enormous rooms.
On the East side of the home, is the Master Suite with Master Bath. It offers a King Size Sleep Number bed, steam shower and private entrance from the Sky Deck. You can see why it is our primary occupancy and why we rent it only on occasion :)
On the West side of the Penthouse level is an enormous room without shared walls for maximum privacy. This also offers an equally grand full size bathroom located just outside the bedroom door creating an environment that is nearly a Master Suite in its own right. This room can provide accommodations in a mix of real beds and air mattresses.
The Main level (A)-
The front door staircase leads to a sizable living room that seats 8+ with our brand new leather Lazy boy reclining sofa, leather chair and ottoman and new 46" flat screen tv w/cable.
Conveniently located on this level is also a spacious full size bathroom with stand- up walk in shower. The enormous eat in kitchen seats 4 to 5 persons at the counter and another 6 to 8 at the dining table. There is a deck off of the kitchen that can seat another 4 to 5 persons.
Sleeping accommodations on the main level consist of a large room with a mix of either real beds or air mattresses and a flat screen cable tv. There is also a semi private alcove off of the living room blocked off by privacy screens.
Both the Main and Penthouse levels have had the most up to date conveniences to include a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and central heat and air conditioning.
This apartment, accessed by only one flight of stairs, has the perfect arrangement for groups wishing to have a more private stay. For example, we welcome families with well-behaved children and mature, respectful adults and students.
The amenities include a large living room with brand new flat screen tv, sectional sofa, an enormous eat in kitchen with a modern bar height table and island kitchen counter with bar stool seating to seat up to 10 persons. There is a deck just off of the kitchen to have your morning coffee. A/C window units keep the space cool and comfortable in the summer and central heat keeps it cozy in the winter.
There is one enormous bedroom which has a unique and comfy "loft style" bed (grown up bunk bed) and a 2nd cozy bedroom. A combination of real beds and air mattresses are available to sleep your group comfortably. If needed, the living room can accommodate comfy, raised air mattresses as well. Two enormous closets easily offer plenty of storage space for luggage for large groups.
Need more room/s? More sleeping spaces or gathering spaces are available for your group on other levels!
The Garden Level Apartment C-
A very spacious yet smaller version of accommodations and amenities provided in Apartment B, this unit has been equipped with a window bench seat, flat screen tv, full kitchen to include a microwave, coffee pot and toaster oven.
For travelers wishing more comforts than a hotel, we can provide a dining room table, two comfy living room chairs and a desk. Sleeping accommodations provide for a mix of real and air mattresses which can be increased for a larger group by moving and/or eliminating dining and living room furniture. Between the garden unit design and windy city breeze, this space stays cool in the summer and central heat keeps it cozy in the winter. (A/C window units added if needed)
Need more room/s? More sleeping spaces are available for your group on other levels!
What makes our place unique?
The amount of space we offer of course! One of the few places in the city that has the ability to accommodate larger groups, we love hosting out of town guests and ensuring they have a great experience.
We realize you are either on vacation or here for business and want you to feel right at home. Whatever we can do to make this a memorable trip, please let us know.
We can accommodate ALL size groups from the single traveler, those traveling with a friend, couples, families, groups-you name it, we hope to accommodate it!
We welcome mature bachelor and bachelorette groups, family reunions, non profit organizations, student groups and groups we just haven't thought of yet:)
(Thorough detailed itinerary, guest names, email addresses and vehicle list
required-a copy of each guests government issued ID such as a passport or driver's license made upon arrival)
Great way to "live like a local" while exploring the city.
Be our guests! Be our guests! Be our guests:)
*Smoking is permitted on the rear deck only!!
**Parking in this neighborhood is free, non permitted and easily available except for Cubs game nites. We provide free parking passes to our guests. We also have private covered garage spaces available for $25 per nite. Great added value since parking in the city is $25 tp $50 per nite minimum.
***Wish to keep to your workout while traveling? Find these amenities within a few blocks: XSports Fitness offers $20 daily and $45 weekly guest passes. Or you can support the local YMCA for just $12 per day. Prefer Yoga? Check out CorePower Yoga.
We provide fresh linens, fresh towels (bath and beach), shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairdryer, curling iron, clothing iron and ironing board, etc. If you forget it, we have it; such as toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, band aids for you tired feet! (I highly recommend great walking shoes because your first day you will be enthralled with all there is to see:))
For breakfast we have coffee and tea to sustain you until you have time to get acquainted with this wonderful area's grocery stores and/or fresh indoor/outdoor markets. Brunch is an event in Chicago:)-We are happy to make recommendations!
House Rules: Please be courteous & conscientious. And remember, this is our home:)
Common areas are to be kept free of all personal belongings except when in use.
Remember to lock up when you leave & clean up after yourself.
Please place dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Clean up immediately after use of kitchen so the sink, etc. is free & clear for the next persons use.
Wet towels-Towel Racks have been provided on nearly every available door. Please hang wet towels on the provided racks rather than leaving them on the bed and/or furniture. Try to use your bath towel for the duration of your stay since I am becoming more of a steward to the environment:)
Shoes off: We try to maintain a “shoes off” environment. It would be great if you could bring slippers or shoes that are just for inside.
Laundry: The in unit laundry facilities have been provided to our guests for their convenience at no additional cost. Guests are welcome to use with care & conservation. The machines are a bit noisy so please be courteous & use the laundry facilities during hours that won’t disturb resting and/or sleeping guests and hosts:)
Outdoor provisions-The patio and patio equipment is provided for convenience and enjoyment of all guests. No glass containers are permitted outdoors at any time. Clean up immediately after use of area is mandatory.
(must have written permission to use a grill or any portion of the yard & yard amenities)
Smoking- Smoking will be permitted on the back decks ONLY. Proper disposal of tobacco products MUST be followed.
No parties or gatherings of any kind are permitted at building, grounds or Living Quarters without prior written authorization of hosts. No gatherings of any kind will be permitted on the front porch or residential streets and sidewalks of home-EVER.
It is imperative that NOTHING will be disposed of in the toilets other than toilet paper.
Parents and women-Please do not dispose of feminine products, diapers, feminine or baby wipes in the toilet! Use the provided trash cans or additional trash bags provided in the bottom of the cans.
For the lovers who stay with us, condoms cannot flush. Please dispose of those items in the trash or the additional trash bags provided in the bottom of the trash cans.
Guests will be held liable for any fees, expenses and repairs related to any damages incurred to the property in order to prepare the unit for re-rental. Guests agree to report any damages to the hosts immediately. Examples of instances you wish to avoid: stopping up the toilet, creating a flood, plunging the toilet w/an improper tool, damaged mattresses, light fixtures, lamps, bed frames, excessive mess.
Occupancy is strictly restricted to the number of guests listed on the reservation. At no time can unlisted persons or pets visit or occupy the property without prior written consent by the host. At no time, can listed guests or unlisted persons gather on the residential street or front balcony of home.
Violations of these occupancy conditions will be grounds for immediate eviction without right to a refund.
Other issues that will result in the same are the following but not limited to: illegal drug use and/or possession of illegal drugs in the property, underage drinking, smoking indoors, and/or breach of any of the terms, covenants, rules or regulations. This also includes medical marijuana.
By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk for any accidents, injuries or illness that occur while on the premises or its facilities.
The Hosts are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guests.
Guests agree to keep the property, all furnishings and provided amenities in good order and will only use items for their intended purposes. (for example: beach towels for the beach, bath towels for the bath)
Guests agree that no disturbing noises or voices shall be made or permitted to be made. Nothing shall be done or permitted to be done which interferes with the rights, comforts and conveniences of other guests or neighbors. No musical instrument, radio, television or other sound producing device shall be played or operated at a level that disturbs or annoys any other guests or neighbors.
Guests, assures he/she and all individuals on the reservation who occupy the property during the term of the rental will conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful & inoffensive to the neighbors, both in the home & next door to the home. They shall not disturb, annoy, endanger or inconvenience neighbors in any way, nor shall guests use the premises for any immoral or unlawful purposes, nor violate any law or ordinance, nor commit waste or nuisance on or about the premises.
Keys-Keys are to be returned to host following the agreed upon terms discussed. Guests will incur any costs associated with lost keys & costs associated with replacing locks for those keys if deemed necessary.
Chewing Gum-We have determined it would be best to make this a chewing gum free home.
Windows & MasterSuite Balcony Door-No egress or ingress is permitted thru this door (it must remain locked & closed) Windows must remain closed at all times to maintain proper heating & cooling of the home; except for Apt C
Yard Gates-It is IMPERATIVE no egress or ingress is permitted thru our yard gates or our neighbors yard gates.
Safety and Privacy-Please respect that this is our personal residence. For our safety, security and that of future guests we respectfully request that you and your guests do not share any details of the homes layout, accommodations, key exchange process AND address that with anyone NOT listed on the reservation. Under no circumstances will any details of our home including the address be posted or disseminated via ANY social media methods such as (website hidden), (website hidden), Blogs and the like.
Vehicles-Any and all vehicles that will be used to drop off, pick up or park during the guests stay must have prior written approval by hosts.
Thanks so much for choosing us and our home as your home away from home while visiting or working in Chicago:)
Stephanie and Chris were fantastic hosts. This was my first time using Airbnb, and Stephanie definitely set a high bar for my next Airbnb booking! Stephanie responded very quickly to my request for housing myself and 6 of my friends. My friends and I were very impressed with our living quarters and overall it was a fantastic experience. Stephanie also graciously took the time to explain public transportation routes, popular spots to check out (as well as places to avoid) and was overall very welcoming. We all slept very comfortably, and felt safe walking around the local area late at night. We all agreed that we would definitely come back and stay here again!
Stephanie and Chris were really nice,took me in on very short notice,helped me with directions and all my questions.Even got to choose a bed.The area is very nice and safe.Felt very safe given that I am travelling on my own as a woman.Would always go back there.
We had a great stay in Chicago- and Chris and Stephanie were very accommodating. The apartment was warm, clean, and cozy.
KB and her non profit student group needed 10+beds and space to prepare meals as well as have meetings for their group. We were happy to provide all of the above:) As avid supporters ourselves of many, many non profit organizations through blood, sweat, tears, donations and our companies fund raising platform, we were happy to learn of another cause that others cared so much about. Another amazing bonus of exposure we enjoy by being hosts-we especially enjoy meeting such brilliant college students! Thank you:)
Chris and Stephanie were great hosts and the house was perfect for our group of 20 students. The two apartments are cozy and only have one bathroom each (which is a little tough for 20 students) but we were more than happy to share and made it work just fine. The house worked out great for us. It was clean, in a nice neighborhood, and very comfortable! Everyone loved it and had a time.
Our greatest gift of being Airbnb hosts in Chicago, is the opportunity to fill our home with bright college students. Patricia's group was no exception. They had a very full and rigid schedule for their working "Spring Break" which understandably could make the showering schedule a bit challenging. We do attempt offer a variety of options and accommodations to address all budgets and needs as we did for this group. Between balancing their teachers request (and probably sanity) of staying all together in one place as well as a safe neighborhood and the groups desire for having private apartments, our place seemed to strike the perfect chord. We thoroughly enjoyed working with their group and sharing their enthusiasm for this city. We hope to host them again here in Chicago or even some other city in which our mutual journey's take us.
Chris and Stephanie are probably the most detailed people in their descriptions so you might get a little confused. The arrangements are somewhat complicated and somewhat hard to understand, unless you are physically there to see them, but they work.
Chris and Stephanie are honest helpful and understanding. They really care about you and will make your stay a pleasurable one. If you need help figuring things out let them know.
The location was perfect because it was minutes from all the bars at wriggly ville and it's very safe. I wasn't too sure about the neighborhoods of Chicago but this whole area is good and safe.
Go for this if you have the option.
Thanks for the tip about adding bullet points, Shaun. (If I could only figure out how;)) We have added some MORE detail and additional steps to help guests make the best choice for their comfort, needs and budget during their vacation or working stay. We are forever a work in progress and we appreciate all of the wonderful things you have shared about us and our intention to ensure folks have the trip they desire. We hope our paths cross again here in Chicago or even some other city our mutual journey's take us!
Originally the posting was a little less clear about how the apartments were split. We were a little discouraged upon arrival to find that we were stuck in the basement, but since it was a bachelor party trip it ended up not mattering.
Chris and Stephanie were wonderful hosts and maintained excellent communication throughout the booking and stay. We really enjoyed our time in Chicago and the location is AMAZING. They were very welcoming upon arrival and made us feel at home as much as possible.
The apartment is in good repair and everything was comfortable. Our party had a lot of people so it was a little cramped but that's half our fault. I do wish the (old) description was a bit more detailed and clear. If it weren't for that I would have given a 4 star rating. Otherwise it was a great stay with great hosts.
Should I find myself in Chicago again I will definitely be contacting Chris and Stephanie again!
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About the Host, Chris And Stephanie
Hello Fellow Traveler!
We welcome you to our Airbnb listing and appreciate that you wish to learn more about us as your potential hosts. We enjoy meeting new people and look forward to sharing with you what we love about Chicago:)
Why have we opened our home?
We arrived about 4 summers ago for a 3 day business trip, fell in love with Chicago and never left. This is our 4th summer! Since we are both adventurous spirits, with some trepidation, we tried this thing called "AirBNB". We had such a great experience because of our host; we thought we would pay it forward.
What has been our favorite experience hosting so far? Lollapalooza:)
Who are we?
Chris and I met in High School and reconnected on the site that begins with Face and ends with Book a couple of years ago. We think we have quite the love story that resulted in a proposal a few years back and would be happy to share it with you on one of your relaxing evenings on our deck or over a cup coffee while you are sorting out your travels for the day-but we promise not to bore you with it!
What are we doing here?
After we reunited, we had the amazing opportunity to become Environmental Stewards for a wonderful company that brought us to Chicago. One of our company's core values is to stimulate the local economy, find other Environmental Stewards like ourselves and train them for leadership roles. (Another great story if you are out of sorts from your trip and can't sleep one nite-and of course care to hear it:) )
What we think about ourselves as hosts?
We pride ourselves in being open and available hosts for a chat, a recommendation, throwing darts, a game of scrabble or an impromptu cook out or s'mores on the fire pit but we also completely respect your privacy and understand this is your trip. We only wish to ensure your travels are more than you would have hoped for thru spending time at our home and meeting other guests.
Where have we been?
Chris is an Army Brat and has lived all over the States and I have traveled around Europe while living in Madrid, Spain for 3 years.
Places Chris has lived:
He spent his youth in San Antonio, Hawaii, Denver, Colorado Springs and Maryland (the DC area). As an adult, he lived in Kansas City for a bit, he settled for many years in Norman, Oklahoma (if you've heard of it), Dallas/Ft. Worth, back to Maryland (to get me;)) and now Chicago.
Places Chris has traveled to:
Boston and other parts of Massachusetts in which he has tons of family and for our business, all over New Jersey (our company has a HUGE presence there and helped tremendously with the Hurricane Sandy clean up), many parts of PA (we really enjoyed our time in Pittsburgh), Philly a few times (best sandwiches we have found yet!) and many more.
Stephanie lived most of her life in the Maryland area traveling for work in the DC and Virginia areas but joining her friends on their business trips in the States to visit as many cities as possible. Of course, the fun-damentals like Las Vegas, Miami Beach (along with many other Florida cities that my family lives such as Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville) and NYC. More relaxing fun in Savannah, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC (where my mom has retired), Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ (where my brother used to live), San Diego and Coronado (a couple of times since they are some of my favorite), Hawaii (to see the first grandchild in our family), L.A. (had the opportunity to cruise Monterey's 17 mile drive)...
Stephanie's European Travels: Of course many of the big cities like Paris (the food!), Munich (best airport ever!), Frankfurt, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Malaga, Bilbao, Gothenburg, Sweden (for a dear friends wedding), but also some off of the beaten path that became my very favorite memories like Morocco, Tunisia and more....
Places we will go: Brazil, Fiji, South America, Canada....
Our recent travels together: We recently finished an extended road trip and stayed at several Airbnb homes. Our travels took us first to Chris' families in Norman, Oklahoma onto Albuquerque; from there to Phoenix to our ultimate destination-San Felipe, Mexico where we booked 3 different homes one of which was exceptional. We included some side excursions to Coronado, California, Ensenada and Rosarito, Mexico where we stayed in an AMAZING home and had some fantastic food. On our return, we were fortunate enough to also stay in a Villa with OUTSTANDING views in Sedona, California.