Cozy Room, Classic Chicago House

House - Private room · W Birchwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, United States

The Space

Classic brick home over 100-years-old rumored to have been designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright; in fact, a genuine Wright home is just minutes away as are beach, CTA Red Line and express bus downtown. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's north side, between Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston and with easy access to both. Walking distance to neighborhood coffee shops, Irish pub, and restaurants, including the iconic Heartland Cafe. Take in music or live theater or spend a pleasant evening on the deck or private balcony.

Room is airy, quiet and comfortable. A second bedroom may also be available, depending on circumstances.
Home is on a quiet, tree-lined street.
Free wifi and netflix. Free off-street parking for one car.
Wood burning fireplace in living room and separate TV room. You have access to backyard deck and house, including kitchen. I fix a pot of hardy coffee in the morning and you can join me for a light breakfast or fix your own with fresh fruit and foods provided.

I have a 5-year-old cat named Nico, shelves full of books and lots of information about the city to share.

Women and couples welcome. Individual men are welcome if there is another woman guest in the home at the same time. Maximum stay: One week.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $275 /week
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • Patricia is so great. This was the second time we have stayed with her, and we would definitely do it again. She is so warm and friendly, and I felt so welcomed in her home. Her cat is also amazing! :)

    March 2014
  • I was looking for a place to stay for 4 months, and Patricia graciously open up her place for me. Rogers Park has some shady spots, but her house is located in a pretty safe area, close to 2 different red line stops. Her place is cozy and comfortable. She provides breakfast every morning (fresh coffee!), which is really nice. I really enjoyed staying at her place, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short term stay in north Chicago!

    February 2014
  • Patricia is a very gracious hostess. Our stay in her home was very comfortable.

    September 2012
  • Patricia is a very kind and welcoming host who really made me feel at home. I stayed for 5 weeks and can only agree to all the positive feedbacks that were already posted here by her other guests. I highly recommend and hope to visit again. :-)

    August 2012
  • Host and home are wonderful. I had the good fortune to find Patricia and her great house 2 blocks from Lake Michigan in Rogers Park and stay for 5 weeks. She has a parking spot in her front yard, so no searching the full streets. The updated kitchen is great for cooking, the whole house is attractive and comfortable, there's a lovely shady backyard -- I could go on and on! Patricia is a thoughtful and interesting host who knows Chicago well. This one's a winner!

    June 2012
  • Patricia was a kind and welcoming host. Her house is gorgeous - so much lovely wood! and the neighborhood is safe but vibrant - convenient for transit and of course right by the lake. I will miss Patricia, Scout and Nico and am very grateful for their hospitality.

    May 2012
  • Patricia is a gracious hostess and an interesting companion for discussions over tea or coffee. The bed was comfy and the house is lovely. The weather was a little brisk so I didn't get down to the lake, but it is very close and the neighborhood was quiet and safe.

    April 2012
  • My boyfriend and I had a great weekend stay at Patricia's. She was very nice, accommodating, and communicative -- she even emailed us the day before our arrival to make sure our plans would match up and that she'd be there when we arrived. Great host, a sweet cat, and a comfy, nice house! Thanks!

    October 2013
  • Had a very pleasant stay at Patricia's place. She's very nice and has an extremely charming cat named Nico.

    Patricia: Patricia is nice. We had lovely, light conversations at breakfast time and the coffee was ready before I got up, which was awesome. I'm not a big coffee drinker but was too tempted. I got the keys as soon as I got there and Patricia was nice enough to offer me a bottle of water after I arrived.

    Pets: For the pet-averse, Nico is a sweet, friendly cat but doesn't get underfoot. If you encourage her she will interact with you but she also leaves you alone if you prefer. She has the run of the place but generally has her own spaces that are unobtrusive. She is very pretty and alert.

    My visit: I went to Chicago to do some research in Northwestern U's archives. Patricia's place is about a 10 minute walk from a train station. That station stop intersects with 3 lines so it's a convenient location for commuting to N.U. (just a few stops) or downtown Chicago/the Loop (a bit further on the train but you get off central to downtown).

    I didn't have a lot of time to spend in the house as I had much archival material to get to. Patricia provided an informal continental-type breakfast with good coffee. I grabbed a couple pieces of fruit and that, with a simple but satisfying breakfast, kept me focused on my work until it was time to leave the library at the end of the day. In fact, the breakfast snacks made me choose this place over (slightly cheaper) other ones as I figured I'd saved a couple bucks on breakfast anyway.

    Turns out to have been a good choice. The room I stayed in was a (formerly) young adult/girl's room that was clean and simple. It had a desk, lamp, simple bed and chair. There was a closet with room for luggage and an extra comforter that I used. The room has free wifi access. There's a formal dining room but I confined my brief meals to the kitchen counter.

    Neighborhood eats: There are lots of places to get a reasonably-priced dinner/lunch and you can also order decent food for delivery from nearby restaurants.

    Getting Around: Once you get a sense of how the neighborhood is laid out, it's easy to get back and forth from public transportation. (Check the schedules in advance though so you don't have to wait long for the train you want. They come regularly but not as frequently as, say, NYC, public transit.) To and from the airport a cab'll cost about $35 flat rate.

    All in all a convenient, pleasant, quiet, clean and economical place to crash. I'd very much recommend staying here.

    April 2013
  • I stayed in Patricia's house for a month. The house is very comfortable and quiet, just like staying at your own house (or better!). The location is excellent: close to train station, supermarket and in a safe neighborhood. Patricia is a super nice and very helpful host too. I highly recommend it. I am very grateful for their hospitality.

    April 2013
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As a life-long Chicago resident, I know the city well and can tell you best places to visit, where to eat, what to do and how to get there. As a professional writer and consultant -- and the mother of two young-adult daughters-- I am especially aware of and understand the challenges and rewards of women traveling alone. My favorite cities include: New York, Paris, Toronto, Florence and Venice. I think any mode of transit is good if it gets you to your destination reasonably on time. As a host, my job is to make you comfortable. I can chat or be quiet, offer as many or as few suggestions as you like and listen to your travel stories or share a few of my own.
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