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Central guestroom! Walk everywhere!

SuperhostNear North Side, Chicago, Illinois
Private room in condominium hosted by Eric
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 shared bath
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Convenient to the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, close to major 'L' metro stations, this is a comfortable guestroom in a quiet vintage building in the popular River North area.

This listing is for one bedroom of a two-bedroom apartment. Guests sleep in the guestroom, I sleep in the other room. There is one shared bath.

Caveats:
1) I previously had a cat. I may get a replacement. Please only book if you're okay with cats.
2) There is no elevator, only stairs.

The space
This vintage (125 year old) River North Gallery District home is highly walkable to major (and minor) destinations downtown (a WalkScore of 98)! Extremely convenient to transit as well (a TransitScore of 100)! Even quite bikeable, with Divvy bike share station a half-block away (and a cycle score of 77, and I bike or walk to work most days)!

Update: In response to recent news about Airbnb safety, I want to point out that guest safety has always been of paramount importance to me. I have had functional, tested, carbon monoxide detectors since day one, and fully meet Chicago fire safety codes which are some of the most stringent in the country. If you have any specific questions related to safety, please don't hesitate to ask, as safety is very important to me - after all, I live here and want to be safe myself.

The 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, of course, galleries. This listing is walking distance to most of downtown Chicago (I walk to work in the West Loop), and with excellent transit access to the rest of the City. Visitors get the best of a local experience! Great reviews show people have loved it so far, so I'm sure you will too! As always, I ask no cleaning fee, and no fee for a second guest - no additional charge for a second person - couples (straight, gay or platonic) are welcome.

Included:
Private room
Towels and sheets
Hair dryer available
Desk with chair
Central A/C
TV w/Tivo
Gigabit 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, with detergent
A kitchen the City requires me to define as "decorative," but well-equipped.

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 including 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 or Grand Ave subway stops (8-minute walk)
66/Chicago bus (3-minute walk)
22/Clark bus (2-3 minute walk)
156/Lasalle bus (1 minute walk)
37/Lincoln rush-hour 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.

Caveats:
1) I had a cat until May 29, so if you're very allergic to cats there may still be some cat allergens around for a few weeks. I may get another cat, but haven't decided yet. Please only book if you're okay with a cat potentially being here.
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.
4) No check-ins before 7am.
5) No sleeping outside of the bedrooms.

Guest access
As a guest, you sleep in your own private bedroom but also have access to any part of the interior except *my* bedroom.

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 unless it's an emergency. 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.

License number
R17000013112
Convenient to the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, close to major 'L' metro stations, this is a comfortable guestroom in a quiet vintage building in the popular River North area.

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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Amenities

Wifi
Cable TV
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hangers
Dryer
TV
Iron
Washer
Hair dryer
Heating

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Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois

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. UPDATE: The construction across the street from me finally completed so, for now, there isn't any construction. It also means there after more shops and people than there were even just a year ago. It's a lively, vibrant area, very urban.
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…

Hosted by Eric

Joined in July 2010
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I live in the apartment and am easy-going and respectful. I do my best to be helpful with advice on the city and to be around to answer local questions. 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 22+ years, more time than any other city in my lifetime. I've lived in my present place, in the River North neighborhood, for 15+ 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 traveled a fair bit myself, having visited over half of the States here in the U.S., plus Canada (Toronto), Mexico (Yucatan, Cancun, Mexico City), Panama (Panama City), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Puerto Rico (San Juan, Vieques, Ponce), France (Paris, Lyon), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Geneva), the Netherlands (Maastricht), England (London), Austria (Vienna), Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Haugesund, Feoy), Finland (Helsinki), Turkey (Istanbul) and Russia (Moscow, Tver, Novgorod, Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk - it 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.
I live in the apartment and am easy-going and respectful. I do my best to be helpful with advice on the city and to be around to answer local questions. I enjoy travel, movies, pla…
During your stay
I live in the apartment, and I have personally met nearly all the guests from my approximately 650 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.
I live in the apartment, and I have personally met nearly all the guests from my approximately 650 bookings.

Depending on each guest's and my schedules, we may only s…
Eric is a Superhost
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House rules
Check-in: Flexible
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events