All the necessities and still plenty of room to turn around.Peekaboo hanging out on a previous couch.
Central guestroom! Walk everywhere!

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Still the MOST REVIEWED listing in Chicago!

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 area.

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

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 8AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 5%
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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 to work)!

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, or 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.

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
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 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)
37/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.
4) No check-ins before 7am.
5) No sleeping outside of the bedrooms.

Guest access

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

Interaction with guests

My cat 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. UPDATE: There is construction across the street. The Airbnb guestroom is the quietest part of the apartment, though, and no guest has complained about the construction.

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 and Uber and Lyft both have excellent availability in the area.

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 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.

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, but never aggressive or violent (just don't step on her tail).


City registration pending

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 8AM

1) Make sure the apartment door is locked and shut every time you leave.
2) No sleeping outside of the guestroom. Guests may use all the common areas, just not for sleeping. This is for both guests' comfort and my comfort.
3) On weeknights quiet hours from 10pm-7am.
4) Please don't use the fireplace.

Final and most important rule:
Enjoy Chicago!

Check-in times:
Check-in time is flexible, but no check-ins prior to 8am. Guests arriving before Noon will be able to drop off bags and get keys, but may not have access to the guestroom itself until after Noon (see check-out guidelines below). Out of 400+ bookings, I've only been unable to accommodate a requested check-in time a handful of times. However, I don't work at home so please be aware that there are occasionally limitations to my availability for checkins. If you absolutely must drop your luggage at a specific time, please check with me prior to sending a booking request to make sure I'll be able to guarantee that I can be there.

Check-out times:
Please be prepared to vacate the room by Noon of the day you leave. I can often be flexible with that, and I can always hold your luggage in the living room if your departure is in the evening, but please be able to move your luggage out of the guestroom by Noon in case I need to prep it for an arriving guest.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

379 Reviews

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Hugo User Profile
May 2017
Great place to stay.

Coralie User Profile
May 2017
Staying at Eric's was the perfect choice to end our holidays in Chicago. His flat is right in the center of River North, which makes it really easy to go anywhere from there (it's a lovely 30 min walk to Cloud Gate if you walk on the river walk from Wells Bridge). Eric was very accommodating and great at communicating. Our flight landed in advance so we checked in a little bit earlier than expected and Eric was very helpful in arranging for us to check in earlier. The room was clean and spacious. The biggest surprise for us though was how quiet the whole place was, seeing how central the flat is. Bathroom was very clean and although it is shared with Eric, it never was an issue for us. Peekaboo was also very sweet but very discreet. Unfortunately we did not get to socialise much with Eric as we were out and about the whole time trying to tick as many things off the never ending list of adventures that Chicago has to offer. We would not hesitate to book Eric's flat again in the future!

Emmanuel User Profile
May 2017
Very nice place, this is the best place location/price wise

Zheyuan User Profile
May 2017
Eric is a very nice person, he helped me check in although I was a little late. The room was big and the bed was comfortable. WiFi was also very fast. It was a great experience overall. Btw you couldn't find another excellent location, walking everywhere.

Britany User Profile
April 2017
Eric and Peekaboo were great hosts! The space was clean and the apartment easy to get to and Eric has a great assortment of guidebooks to help you make some decisions on your activities. It's also near many of the local attractions and good restuarants. If you're into speakeasies, make sure to check out the Drifter about 2 blocks away - it was a speakeasy during the prohibition era, has great drinks, good snacks, and the live entertainment (roughly every hour) was awesome, it gave it a very authentic feel.

Jisu User Profile
April 2017
Erick is super friendly guy! Best place to sleep over~ its close to every where

Matthew User Profile
April 2017
Great location and comfortable stay

Chicago, Illinois, United States · Joined in July 2010
Eric User Profile

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 the past 20+ years. I've lived in my present place, in the River North neighborhood, for 12+ 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), 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, 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.

Response rate: 100%
(last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour