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.
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.
Towels and sheets
Hair dryer available
Desk with chair
Gigabit 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
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!
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.
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 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.
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).
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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:
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.
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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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.