Central guestroom! Walk everywhere!

Apartment - Private room · W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

Convenient to both the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, and very close to major 'L' metro stations, this is a comfortable guestroom in a quiet vintage building in the very popular River North neighborhood.

The Space

This River North Gallery District home is highly walkable to major (and minor) destinations downtown (a WalkScore of 95)! Extremely convenient to transit as well (a TransitScore of 100)! And now, conveniently one block from a new Divvy station (Divvy is Chicago's bike-share system)!

Our quiet spare room is in a two-bedroom, one-bath home in a well-maintained vintage walk-up building in the River North Gallery District filled with restaurants, nightclubs and, or course, galleries. We are walking distance to most of downtown Chicago (I walk to work in the Loop), and with excellent transit access to the rest of the City. Our visitors get the best of a local experience! Our great reviews show people have loved it so far, so we're sure you will too!

We recently added a valuable amenity - we now offer FREE access to the Art Institute of Chicago - this is a savings of the $18 admission price per guest, so if there are two of you, that saves you $36 right off the bat! As always we still ask no cleaning fee, and no extra fee for a second guest!

With these new additions, we think for location, convenience, comfort and price we offer the best value in the city! There is no additional charge for a second person - couples (straight, gay or platonic) are welcome.

Private room
Towels and sheets
FREE admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, an $18 per-guest value
FREE admission to the Chicago History Museum, a $14 per-guest value
Both passes above also include other discounts to area attractions
Hair dryer available
Desk with chair
Central A/C
TV w/Tivo
High-speed internet with 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi
Nice selection of Chicago travel books in English and a few other languages
Closet w/hangers
Iron w/ironing board
Washer / Dryer
Use of well-outfitted kitchen

Within a 20-minute walk:
Loop/CBD, North Michigan Avenue shopping district, the Watertower, Hancock Building, Daley Plaza, Old Town, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oak Street, downtown campuses of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and Loyola University, Northwestern Hospital, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Architecture Foundation boat tours, Merchandise Mart, the Gold Coast, Oak Street Beach (maybe 21 minutes) and more!

Nearest Transit:
Brown Line Chicago Ave "L" stop (3-minute walk)
Red Line Chicago Ave subway stop (8-minute walk)
66/Chicago bus (3-minute walk)
22/Clark bus (2-3 minute walk)
156/Lasalle bus (1 minute walk)
11/Lincoln bus (1 minute walk)

Airport transit travel time:
O'Hare: Blue Line to Brown Line, total time 60 min.
Midway: Orange Line to Brown Line, total time 45 min.

1) I have one white cat (but she's sweet and well-reviewed)
2) I'm on the 4th (top) floor of a walk-up (no elevator) building.
3) I do a little painting that sometimes incorporates walnut oil. Anyone with severe walnut allergies should consider whether artists' walnut oil is an allergen for them.

Guest Access

As a guest, you sleep in your own private room but also have access to the kitchen, my laundry facilities and living and dining rooms - and of course the bathroom.

Interaction with Guests

My partner and I live in the apartment, and I have personally met nearly all the guests from my hundreds of bookings.

Depending on each guest's and my schedules, we may only see each other heading in or out, or we may talk for hours or even share a meal. I tend to respect guest's privacy and alone time, letting guests decide whether to initiate conversations, but I am happy to talk about Chicago or the neighborhood or travelling or almost any other subject with anyone interested in taking advantage of ready access to a local.

The Neighborhood

The part of River North my apartment is in is a short 10 minute walk to Michigan Avenue, a 15 minute walk to the Loop, and about a 3 minute walk to the nearest metro station, so it's a great launching point to explore Chicago.

The blocks around my place are filled with shops, galleries and wonderful restaurants but it still manages to be quiet and relatively calm despite the proximity to so much of downtown.

Getting around

Many popular attractions are less than a 25 minute walk from my place, but for things further afield - or to avoid walking - taxis can be easily hailed on the street.

For transit, my place is a 3 minute walk to the nearest Brown Line station, an 8 minute walk to the nearest Red Line station, and less than a 5 minute walk to these buses: 66/Chicago, 22/Clark, 65/Grand, 36/Broadway, 37/Sedgewick, and 156/Lasalle. There are also many express buses that run on Michigan Avenue which is just a 10 minute walk due east of me, and a station serving every other metro line is just a 15 minute walk away.

Other Things to Note

This is a working household, so there may be occasional minor repairs. Anything major I will give guests plenty of notice about ahead of time. The guestroom is kept clean and tidy at all times, but the rest of the house will vary from "just thoroughly cleaned" to having some "end of a busy week clutter" depending on what's been going on just like any normal home does.

In case you didn't look at the photos, there is a cat. She's cute and very gentle and what I'd call "medium-friendly" for a cat. Not super-affectionate, but not constantly hiding.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $5000 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My husband and I stayed with Eric over the weekend. We were in town for a wedding in his neighborhood. Eric was a very accommodating host, he graciously helped out with directions, restaurant recommendations and even lent us his museum pass. Both Eric and his partner have a lot of Chicago pride and insider knowledge, it was fun to talk to them about the city they clearly love. The apartment has a great urban vibe and is in a good location.

    April 2014
  • The apartment is a block away from Hotel Felix. It is also walking distance to Whole Foods. There are some pleasing professional touches: laminated information card about wi-fi, and tv-channels. Incidentally, wi-fi is fast. Little fuss.

    April 2014
  • Eric is a good host, speedy replies, easy to communicate with. The room is as described and all major an minor sights are in walking distance, even restaurants and bars. I spent a week for vacation occasion. I can recommend the place to anyone visiting Chicago.

    March 2014
  • The location is amazing and the bed is super comfortable! Thanks for hosting us!

    March 2014
  • The location of Eric's apartment is fantastic. It was very easy to experience downtown life and also access trains to travel further. Our room was very tidy and clean when we arrived, though we were quite disappointed with the cleanliness of the bathroom and kitchen. The blog about the apartment states that the "rest of the house will vary from "just thoroughly cleaned" to having some "end of a busy week clutter". This 'end of the week clutter' was there when we arrived on monday around lunchtime. The Bathroom clearly had not been cleaned for at least 2-3 weeks judging from the old bath mat and there were dishes and or old food in the kitchen sink the whole time we were there. Needless to say we were unable to use the kitchen.

    If you are looking to use Eric's apartment as a place to sleep, shower and nothing more, it is an ideal place to stay for the price. If you are looking to spend abit more time indoors and home, I would look for other options.

    February 2014
    Response from Eric:

    As Sebastian did not arrive on a Monday and he and I had a lengthy conversation in the kitchen as he made use of it, I'm a bit confused by this review. The bathtub, toilet and sink in the bathroom are cleaned multiple times per week, although I'll admit I don't replace the small rug in the bathroom every time I clean the porcelain fixtures so if one only looked at the carpet I suppose one could draw his conclusion.

  • Eric has a great apartment located in a a great part of the city with tons of bars and restaurants that were within walking distance, even in the bitter cold. Eric was very accommodating and helpful.

    February 2014
  • Awesome room in an awesome location! Room was spotless, and bed was super comfortable. Eric and John are very welcoming and ensured a great stay! Will be staying with these guys again if available come summer time!

    January 2014
  • Eric's description and pictures of the apartment is on point, so please flick through and read it all - it's very informative, just like Eric was in person, if you need the help. Eric was extremely, flexible, helpful and friendly during my stay.

    The city is highly walkable and the apartment is close to a lot of things in Chicago, but if you need to get to the southern side, the Loop Train can take you there, and its only a block (and a bit) walk away to the nearest station. Be mindful of the train if you have a lot of luggage though, as carrying it up/down stairs may not be suitable for all and not all stations have elevators/lifts... This also applied to the apartment, being on the 4th floor. Not an issue for me, but it may be for other with injuries or back problems.

    The whole place was warm and there are extra blankets if you need. WiFi was available at the time of stay and there were also laundry facilities in the apartment! This was so convenient as a traveller and greatly appreciated.

    January 2014
  • Eric was an awesome host! Everything I expected and more. He was super transparent about check-in and able to be flexible with my needs. The room was clean and comfortable with fresh towel, linens, wifi password, and Chicago guidebooks/maps waiting for me when I arrived. Eric is super laid back and happy to provide advice and directions when asked but also gives you privacy when you need it.

    Also, his cat Peekaboo was an awesome and super friendly.

    I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Chicago to stay here! Exactly as advertised.

    December 2012
  • We would of so appreciated it if Eric would have cleaned the gobs of hair out of the bathtub, emptied the overflowing trash, cleaned the filthly sink & toliet, & dusted. But, when his cat Peekaboo left poop on kitchen floor we were thoughly disgusted with this experience. And, our first time using Airbnb.......

    November 2012
    Response from Eric:

    I'm going to let my other 135+ reviews respond to most of her claims, but since Peekaboo can't talk I feel compelled to defend her against Diane's outrageous attacks on her honor.

    Peekaboo has never pooped anywhere she's not supposed to (check the 135+ past reviews - no one has ever reported anything like that). Plus, the cat's food is in the kitchen (where Diane claims the cat defecated) - anyone who knows cats knows that even a misbehaving cat won't poop anywhere near their food source. I can only guess that Diane mistook some sort of spilled food -- it's the only thing that makes any sense to me, and my cat has admittedly occasionally made a mess of her food.

    If that's what happened, I'm sorry Diane mistook it for something untoward but I only wish she had protested to me in person so I could fix any problem while she was still here to see it fixed. Neither Peekaboo nor I much appreciate hearing about resentments for the first time in reviews long after we can do anything to address them to the guest's satisfaction.

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Both my partner, John, and I live in the apartment and are both easy-going and respectful. We are both helpful with advice on the city and John's schedule is currently more flexible than mine so there's a good chance he will check you in or be around to answer local questions. His flexible schedule sometimes leaves him available for giving guided tours, too. He grew up in the city of Chicago, so has an insiders perspective on some aspects of "real" Chicago that many tourists won't have the opportunity to see. I enjoy travel, movies, playing with my cat and exploring cities - including my own, Chicago. I grew up on the West Coast in the wine country southwest of Portland, Oregon. I went to university in a small school in Indiana, and ended up staying in the Great Lakes region, first a couple years in Minnesota and in Chicago for the past 10+ years. I've lived in my present place, in the River North neighborhood, for over 8 years now and really enjoy it for its close proximity to so much in the central area and excellent access to transit, while my building still manages to be quiet and peaceful. I've travelled a fair bit myself, having visited over half of the States here in the U.S., plus Canada (Toronto), Mexico (Yucatan), Panama (Panama City), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), France (Paris), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei), Sweden (Stockholm), the Netherlands (Maastricht), Austria (Vienna), Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Haugesund, Feoy), Finland (Helsinki) and Russia (Moscow, Tver, Novgorod, Leningrad, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk) (was still the U.S.S.R. at the time) and Andorra. I do work full-time outside of the home, but my office is nearby in the event of emergencies and to aid in flexible check-in times.
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