About this listing
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 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 block away (and a cycle score of 77, and I bike to work)!
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! As always we still ask no cleaning fee.
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
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.
4) No check-ins before 7am.
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 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.
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.
No smoking. If you really must have a nicotine fix indoors, I'm ok with e-cigarettes as long as they're the kind where the smell nearly instantly dissipates.
There is a working fireplace, however I ask that guests not use it as it can be kind of peculiar.
Make sure the apartment door is locked and shut every time you leave.
Usually flexible, but no check-ins prior to 7am. 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 250+ guests, 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 some 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.
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 vacate the guestroom by Noon.
Only spent sleep time in the apartment, as too much to do outside! Eric communicated well in the booking phase, and helpful with queries. The room is as described, spacious enough for a couple and a bonus of local guide books. Quiet location, although the Aircon is noisey when in operation. Bathroom is small, but fit for purpose. Overall a great location, and the value equation stacks up.
Eric is very friendly and the location is great! Walking distance to most major attractions in Chicago, walking distance to several most famous hotdog & deep dish pizza stores, walking distance to groceries like whole foods & Walmart! Also the cat doesn't bother at all
What a great place to stay and such hospitable hosts !! So central to everything and walking around such a nice part of the city!! We will be seeking this location out again on our next trip back to Chicago. Recommended indeed.
The bed was so comfortable, and the entire room was dark which was great for us to get good sleep. Whole apartment was very quiet and I loved having peekaboo around to keep me company! We had a great time in Chicago! We came and went as we felt like it and check out was very easy going as well.
L'appartement est en correspondance avec la description. Il est très bien situé, près du LOOP, et accessible à pied de magnificient mile. La chambre est bien équipés et notre hôte présent sans être envahissant, serviable et sympathique.
I had a great experience staying here and would suggest it to anyone! I came for Lollapalooza and the location was perfect for walking around downtown or catching a cab to Old Town or Wrigleyville. John and Eric are really nice and even though we didn't really get to interact much because I was at the festival a majority of the time, they were there if I had needed anything. His directions from the airport to the apartment were exact. I also highly recommend venturing around the neighborhood. I found some great bars and places to eat just within a few blocks. Overall, great experience.
Eric ensured that I was well looked after and did everything possible to accommodate me. The room was clean and well maintained stocked with many things a guest would need. The apartment is in a great location near amenities, multiple train stations and sights. Eric also provided many guidebooks and maps as well as personal recommendations. I had a great experience and would strongly recommend his room for anyone travelling to Chicago.
About the Host, Eric
Both my partner, John, and I live in the apartment and we are 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 15+ years. I've lived in my present place, in the River North neighborhood, for 10 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), Puerto Rico (San Juan, Vieques, Ponce), 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.