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.
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.
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
High-speed internet with 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi
Nice selection of Chicago travel books in English and a few other languages
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
La ubicación está perfecta, se puede ir andando a todos los sitios, está en el centro de Chicago. La habitación está bien también: limpia y confortable. Lo único malo es el extractor de la calefacción, que hace mucho ruido pero eso no nos molestó para dormir (pero si tienen el sueño ligero, puede ser un problema). Sin embargo, las zonas comunes como la cocina y el baño estaban sucias y eso hizo que no nos sintieramos muy a gusto.
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!
Eric was a great host, and room and location were exactly as described. I was at a conference much of the time I was in town, and it went pretty late into the night, so I didn't make much use of anything other than the bed and shower. When our paths intersected, though, we had a couple good conversations.
I'd happily stay with Eric again.
Eric was very great host!He was warm-hearted and very friendly!So was his house,much better than we expected!!!Very convient location that you can walk everywhere in central downtown.We had a great stay in Chicago,Thanks Eric!Hope to see you again in the future!
We had a very good time in Chicago ! Eric was really helpful and the room was really, really great with every accommodations you could need !
Well located, well equipped, good experience.
The apartment was a little messy-- they hosts were in the midst of some cleaning-- but the room was clean and tidy. The location was great and staying there was a positive experience.
Yep, we were in the midst of clearing out our biggest closet, and it ended up taking longer than we expected. Who knew I had so many shoes! Anyway, as Leo mentioned the guestroom is always clean and tidy and now that our biggest closet is cleaned we have more space to store a few items that were contributing to clutter.
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.
We had a great experience in Chicago. Eric was a nice and caring host. Our room was clean and the kitchen had everything you could imagine. If we would go back we would definitely stay at his place.