About this listing
Perfect for the eco-conscious/frugal student/traveller. Very SAFE, convenient location in Arts Dist. Oak Park. Steps to (24 hr) blue line train & 290 expy. 17 mins to Chicago (Jackson stop). Hosts live in sep area w/ pets. Free park. Self check in.
Please read each section of the listing.
Our home is a great home for the independent traveler. This room has a mini fridge and microwave and is located on the second floor close to the bathroom. It can accommodate 2 people comfortably and up to 3 snuggly. I can add an air mattress on the floor for the additional person.
Please read the house rules.
Our home is a great home for the independent traveler. There are times when the house is full of people and others when there might be only a few. During high season (summer, Lollapalooza for example) the house may be very busy giving you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.
We have dogs and cats in case of allergies or sensitivities. They are not allowed in the bedrooms. If you have any sensitivities to pets, this is not the home for you.
A coin laundromat is about 7 minutes away- Just one train stop over. Kitchen is unavailable.
We are just a 3 minute walk to the Blue Line train. Please note that because we are so close to the train, you will hear some noise. This is the price we pay for this amazing convenience. This is the train that takes you directly to O'Hare airport and also into downtown Chicago in about 17 minutes. The first stop at Jackson, is only 17 minutes. But the other end of the loop, Washington, can be as long as 40 minutes. To come from Midway you would take the Orange Line and switch for the Blue Line at Van Buren and continue on. It's also a 5 minute drive to the 290 on ramp.
We are walking distance to the Jewel and CVS (about 5 blocks). Next door to the Jewel is a Budget/Avis car rental for those times you just want to drive around. I can get you free parking for up to 30 days.
We are very convenient to all the attractions such as the Sears "Willis" Tower, Millenium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (with the free flying butterflies. Best nature museum and I've been to many) and Navy Pier, just to name a few (and that's really just a few. There are so many more things to do!)
We are around the corner from Yoga Trek (has drop in classes), Val's Halla records (if you're into music, this is a must see place) some great restaurants, Italian and The Buzz Cafe (great free range beef burger, gluten free, organic) for Eclectic fare, and just one train stop away from Brazilian, American, more Mexican food, Hole in the Wall for ice cream (yum) and a Pans, a small family owned grocery store. A laundry is next to the Brazilian restaurant. Don't forget to try the passion fruit mousse - delicious! 2 stops away is the best breakfast ever at Amelia's.
For the architecture buff, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio is located here in Oak Park along with many of his buildings. Guided tours are available.
It's also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway
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Each room has a mini fridge and microwave and access to a cold water cooler. On site host's living quarters are private. Coin laundry just a stop away (about 7 minutes). Airbnb requires hosts to abide by all local laws and regulations, therefore, the kitchen unavailable.
All reservations must go through AIRBNB including last minute reservations.
No local resident rentals please.
Interaction with Guests
Our house is great for the independent traveler. We have a great self check in system so you can arrive at your convenience anytime after 2 pm on the date of your reservation. Our family lives in a separate part of the house. There are times when I will be around all the time and others when you might never see me. If you're looking for a place to rest and not a lot of host contact, this is a great place. If you want heavy host involvement, this probably would not meet your expectations. However, I am able to be reached at all times by text.
We are located in the Arts District of Oak Park, a ver safe suburb next to Chicago. A wonderful artsy vibe is what you will find in this neck of the woods. We are around the corner from great restaurants, shops, art galleries and a rockin' hairstylist for those who want to try something cutting edge. There is a fantastic beading store for those who'd like to explore this art.
We are located just a 2-3 minute walk to the blue line train. You can actually see the entrance from our front door. It's that convenient. We are also minutes to the 290 expressway entrance if you have a car. If you want to rent a car, we are walking distance to Budget/Avis Car Rental.
Please note that the Chicago Loop is very big. The first stop at Jackson, is only 17 minutes. But the other end of the loop, Washington, can be as long as 40 minutes.
Other Things to Note
Bring towels. Sheets, soap, toilet paper ARE provided. For your convenience, this is a self check in home. Hosts live in another part of the home but are on premises. My house is 100 years old. I have not done any decorative rehab. We do have dogs and cats. If you have any sensitivities or even think you might have sensitivities this is not the house for you. Smoking outside only.
I ask is that you remember that this is my home. A home that I really love, that I have raised my family in and where life happens. We have dogs and cats. Please let me say that again. WE HAVE DOGS AND CATS AND ALL THINGS THAT COME WITH PET OWNERSHIP. Some people might be very sensitive to smells, others not. If I am giving my dogs a bath, I can 100% guarantee you it will smell like wet dog until they dry.
Please remember that I actually live here with my family and do have to carry on with my regular life activities.
If this might be an issue for you, please, I am begging you, do not book a room here and then become angry that I have pets.
Smoking outside only. If you are found to be smoking inside, including blowing smoke out of the window or trying to use the exhaust fan in the bathroom to rid the house of smoke, I will call Airbnb and ask for you to leave and forfeit $100 of your deposit. There is absolutely no drug use allowed on this property and this includes pot.
I do not want to charge everyone a cleaning fee and I would like to be fair. If you leave the room a disaster, I will document it and charge a $30 cleaning fee. A disaster means that it is taking me more than a half an hour to clean your room. The average time to clean a room that has been left perfectly is about a half an hour. I am putting this here, because the last guest left a mess that took me two days to clean which included removing 5 big garbage bags and stuff shoved in places I would never even dream of and repairing the bed. This is where I believe a cleaning fee is due. Not in a room that is left close to the way it was found. Thank you for understanding my deposit policy.