A great room for listening to music, reading and conversation The Living Room where lots of music and reading take place

Private room

6 guests

1 bedroom

3 beds

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The Hinman House's 3rd Floor Rm is a 800 sq ft. Loft-like space-sleeps up to 5 people-3 beds plus Queen air mattress.You will feel yourself being warmly embraced by this historic home & its owners, who genuinely enjoy operating this popular B&B

The space

Our home serves as a temporary residence for many different musicians, artists, academics, & business people. We aim to have everybody arrive in our home a visitor, but leave as a friend.

In fact, what makes our house unique is that we have now served as hosts to people from all over the world and sometime at the same time. We started doing this when I took a job as the Midwest Coordinator for an International High School Student Exchange Program and got to know how easy it was meeting people from around the world. Since then, and hosting many Northwestern Graduate Students working on their Masters in our home, our friends have taken to calling our house the "Gertrude Stein Home of Evanston," which I take as a compliment. They explain this by saying, each time they meet someone at our house, they know they are going to learn something new. They also have said that they have been impressed to see that not only are these people living in our home, but they can see that they have become our friends. And, they love the comaradi they feel which emminates from our home. If only we could bottle that and sell it to the world, eh?

Being located, just 1 block from the train, we are extremely well-located for university students, not only of Northwestern U., but also Loyola Univ., Northeastern Univ. & DePaul Univ.

Recently, Northwestern University, was voted #4 in a recent poll concerning the most walkable campuses. The only university towns voted more walkable were:
1. Cambridge, MA Walk Score 87 (Harvard University and MIT)

2. Berkeley, CA Walk Score 79 (University of California at Berkeley)

3. Providence, RI Walk Score 76 (Brown University)

4. Evanston, IL Walk Score 74 (Northwestern University

Our Loft Room is 800 sq ft of living space on the 3rd floor of this restored historic home. Space includes big screen TV, w/ surround sound system, treadmill, leather sofa, desk., bed and bureau for your clothing. There are 2 beds,with one that is a trundle bed that sleeps 2. We also have a queen-size air mattress, if more beds are needed.

Evanston is home to Northwestern University and boasts tree-lined lakefront paths for biking/jogging, a vibrant shopping district, dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants, live music venues, movie theaters and more. Northwestern, and the lakefront, are only a few minutes away.

Evanston has many of the best Midwestern tourists attractions within a day's reach. It is a great place to base yourself whether your visiting for purposes of Northwestern University, or you want to experience Chicago.

Our home, built in 1888, is located several blocks south of the NU campus in Evanston's Lakefront Historic District. Although our home is vintage, it has all of the modern amenities a person needs for our 21st century lifestyles. We have central air and heat, cable TV and wireless internet everywhere in the house and yard.

It is one block to a Whole Foods, and there is a Trader Joe's just behind our house . Our home is located just 3 blocks west of Lake Michigan and a block east of the train to downtown Chicago, which is approximately 25 minutes away. If you have kids, we also have a play lot across the street and several along the lakefront.

We have 2 little white/black toy fox terrier dogs that I've never heard as much as a growl from. They have always been great at making friends w/ people. Recently, we had two young men with us. A young German man from Wiesbaden who had never had a dog before. 6 months later, he was so in love with these pupettes, that I think, if he would have tried to take one more picture on his phone, it might have exploded! haaaa. Then there was Yuong (Tony) Liu, from China. He also had never had a dog and at first was very frightened of dogs. He would walk towards them and if they started to approach him, he would turn on his heels and walk very fast the other way. Well after some coaching, Tony, too fell in love w/ these two little harmless pupettes. The worse these two can do is shed some of that white fur on you, which I'm always trying to control, but....

Because I am a writer, I work out of our home, and will always be available to answer any questions you may have that come up. Questions, such as about using something in the house or about our local area. We do serve morning coffee and in each bedroom, there is a refrigerator, so you can shop and make your meals at will in our kitchen. We do have a large, bright kitchen that people like to hang in. Everyone is free to use all our kitchen appliances as long as they clean up after themselves. I will be happy to show you where things are stored. Also, in each bedroom there is a desk for your laptop where you can do you work if necessary. Guest are free to work just about anywhere they wish in the house (the glory of Wi-Fi) whether in the first floor since the living room is a pleasant room to work in with lots of light, or the kitchen,family room, screened in back porch or the outside patio.

Also, we have a free laundry facility on the second floor for small loads of laundry or you can use the basement laundry facility for your larger loads.

Our neighborhood is great for walking/jogging along the lake, looking at the historic older homes in the neighborhood, or riding a bike along the lake, which can be rented at a nearby bike shop.

Once you are at our home, you really won't have the need to use a car because most things are just a short walk away, If you do need a car, there is free car parking on the streets near our home. Or you can rent a Zip Car a few blocks away!

Here are some things near by that might interest you:

The Evanston Summertime Outdoor Concerts Along the Lake & the Lagoon (Davis St)

The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds in nearby Highland Park,

Free Concerts in Grant Park in Downtown Chgo, are fabulous

The Chicago Botanic Garden,

Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out our door.

The Evanston Yoga studios,

The Block Art museum,

Evanston Public library on the NU campus.

Baha'i Temple.

The Chicago Institute of Music featuring daily concerts and workshops, which is on Chicago Ave. & Grove St.


We give strong preference to requests from those who have information and a photo in their Airbnb profiles. We're open to all people and lifestyles, but we'd prefer not to invite you into our home without knowing something about you. Thank you for your consideration.


I've lived in Chicago for all of my life and there is not a neighborhood in Chicago that I am not familiar with. My husband is from Mystic, CT, and has learned to use Lake Michigan to answer his love of living near the water. We will respect your privacy but also happily assist you with anything you might need to make your stay in Chicago more enjoyable. See our profile for more information about us


Unlike most Victorian era homes, all of the rooms in The Hinman House are quite large. In addition, the first thing you will notice is how high the ceilings are. At 12' high, it adds to this feeling of spaciousness that everybody feels upon entering our home. It has 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

If you were to ask someone to describe what style our home is, I believe the best answer would be eclectic! If we like something, it can come into our home. There is no one style!

With WiFi available throughout the house, guests are free to work just about anywhere they wish on the first floor since the living room is a pleasant place to work because of all of the windows. Besides the downstairs living room, guests are welcome to use the kitchen, family room, or dining room, Or, in good weather, you can use the screened in outside porch, or backyard patio and our BBQ grill. In other words, as long as you are neat about where you work and clean up after yourself, you are free to use which ever room in the house fits your needs best.

We may not serve a full breakfast, but always serve coffee/tea for our guests and a sort of continental breakfast of bagle, fruit/ yogurt, toast with jam, or muffins, depending on your preference.


In each bedroom there is a refrigerator, so you can shop and make your meals at will in our kitchen. There also is a desk for your laptop and phone chargers, etc. , a closet to hang clothing, and a bureau for folding things.


We have three large grocery stores, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's & Jewels, within a block of our home. And so very many nearby inexpensive and good eclectic restaurants,you can find a meal to fit whatever your ethnic desires may be... and they are all within walking distance!


Yes, we are located just south of the NU campus and east of the train to go to DOWNTOWN CHICAGO. Once you arrive at our home, you really won't have the need to use a car because most things are just a short WALK AWAY! If you do have a car, let me encourage you to park on the east side of the street.


If you are arriving to Chicago via O'Hare airport, there is one bus you can catch at the airport that will take you to within blocks of our home. You catch this bus at the end of the People Mover line at the Kiss & Ride parking lot. This is where where you will catch Bus 250 and it will take you to Evanston for a whopping $1.75! A taxi ride will cost you approx $45.


At the airport, you can take public transportation by catching an ORANGE LINE TRAIN to downtown Chicago, right in the airport. Then, once you are. IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, you would change trains at Roosevelt Rd and take the RED LINE TRAIN to Howard St, where you transfer to the PURPLE LINE TRAIN and take that into Evanston for the last mile of your journey. It may sound long, but should take no longer than one hour.


Here are some NEARBY INTERESTING STUFF of interest:

The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds,

The Chicago Botanic Garden,

Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out OUR DOOR.


The Block Art museum,

Evanston Public library,.

Baha'i Temple.

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Interaction with guests

As much as they like. We are not invasive and respect our guests time & space. However, someone is always available to answer questions!

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 11AM
Check Out: 3PM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 22%
Weekend Price: 105 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 11AM

Please No Smoking
Respect our home as you would respect your own.
Please clean up after yourself in the kitchen

Please always make sure our dogs are not by the front door when you are exiting. All you have to tell them is, "Stay Back.". Same w/ when you enter the house. Please make sure the dogs don't go out front door. If they do, don't chase them, just tell them I have a treat and start rustling around in a bag & that should get their attention.



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23 Reviews

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Brett User Profile
July 2017
Many thanks to Sue for being a great host. Great house and excellent rooms in a prime location - right next to downtown Evanston and train to downtown Chicago. Also within easy walking distance of the lakefront. Enjoy!

Laura User Profile
May 2017
The host canceled this reservation 66 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Tim User Profile
September 2016
Lovely spot. Clean and updated house. Listing was just as described. Worked great for visiting NorthWestern campus and football stadium.

Zoe User Profile
August 2016
Sue's house was fantastic for our group of 5! Great location and very welcoming.

Sarah User Profile
July 2016
Sue was a great host. I always felt welcome and was very much at home in her company. The house is beautiful and in a lovely area, very close to the beach, restaurants, shops and the train into Chicago

Ivano User Profile
January 2016
I lived in Sue's house a few months. The house of Sue and Tim is a wonderful choice in Evanston, on several different levels. First of all, the house itself is beautiful, exactly as you see in the pictures, finely furnished and with very good light throughout the day. I personally love reading in the sitting room in the morning, tasting my coffee and enjoying the sunlight going up. At lunchtime the light in the kitchen is fantastic. Then, the location is great, conveniently located close to Evanston's centre, to Dempster L's station, to the NU campus, to shops and restaurants. You have literally everything at 3 minutes walking distance. Last but not least, Sue and Tim are perfect hosts. After few days, we became actually friends and I won't easily forget the nice breakfast's or dinner conversations, that could involve everything, from books to food, from politics to music, theatre or cinema. After my few months there, the Schell's house became a "place of my memory" and I will cherish the experience for long. I miss being there! I could not recommend the stay more. Ivano

Yimin User Profile
December 2015
It's a really beautiful house. Sue and Tim are very nice.

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Sue User Profile

Sue Schell: My life is about relationships. I love to cook, sing, talk,watch films, listen to classical music, write, read biographies, nonfiction and historical fiction books, travel, laughing with people.

I love animals, especially dogs and horses and have found I should never discount any animal when it comes to having a personality.

My two favorite life motos are, "By Giving We Receive"and "Carpe Diem!"

Sue & Tim :
" We have loved becoming a part of AirBnB because it brings the world to our door. We love that one week we can be talking with a French family of 4, the next week we're hosting a young professional man from Germany than a husband and wife from some other part of the world. It is truly a magnificent thing that feels safe for everyone, the travelers and the hosts!"

It has been our experience that people who enjoy using AirBnB are quite intellectually curious and a worldly sort of person, who enjoy being in someone's home much more than in some impersonal hotel room. Also, they enjoy saving the money that a stay in an AirBnB room has to offer. WE ARE BIG FANS of AIRBNB!

Languages: English, Français, Italiano
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