Chicago Skyline, German Hospitality

Apartment - Entire home/apt · E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

The Space

This 750 square foot, 33rd floor, one bedroom apartment nestles itself up against a backdrop of splendor: floor to ceiling windows showcase the dazzling downtown high-rise architecture with a sliver of sparkling blue Lake Michigan peering at the end of the canal-like busy city streets below.

The apartment is simple and casual-comfy. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, brand new stove and oven, microwave, refrigerator... The hallways has a lot of closet space. The bathroom is sparkling clean with a shower/tub and vanity. The bedroom is closed off by a door (this is not a loft, the ceilings go all the way up for privacy between rooms); a brand new wood and leather sleigh bed adorned with designer silk duvet cover and Tommy Hilfiger sheets is the only furniture in the spacious room other than a beautiful wood dresser from Bloomingdales that allows guests to stow their belongings in safely and conveniently. The walk-in closet has a washer/dryer for your use and hangers as well. The building has 24/7 doormen and security cameras, entry-access by keys and fobs only. There is a beautiful and spotless gym on the 40th floor that overlooks the Tribune building among other things, right next door to the gym is the ENORMOUS rooftop deck overlooking the loop and west side of the city. It is breathtaking at night and at sunrise. It has grills for public grilling and lounge chairs for sun bathing.

There is a very popular bistro in the building as well as package delivery and a dry cleaners for your convenience.

We are walking distance to the city's best shopping, bars and transportation is a snap.

Parking is tricky downtown but it can be arranged in advance for an additional daily fee.

Your host is a wonderful, quirky German-born man nearing his silver years, named Ralf. He operates the bistro downstairs/in the building and was once an internationally recognized model. No joke. He has been in America over half his life now and in Chicago since the 1970's. He knows EVERYONE in the Windy City, and they know him!!! He is an excellent person to hook you up with passes into the city's best nightclubs, restaurants and jazz clubs. His stories of the old days are HYSTERICAL and his disposition, though seemingly abrupt at first is very genuine and good-hearted. He is well-liked and very memorable. ***This description is written by a woman who was his partner in life for ten years and though not romantically with him anymore, still loves him deeply, like the family that he is... and is his next door neighbor! It is a very unusual situation but very endearing once you meet us. :)

Guest Access

Full access to building amenities.

Interaction with Guests

We check you in and stop by to spot-clean during your stay.

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is one of the most affluent in the United States-- shopping galore, historic landmarks and incredible views.

Getting around

Steps away from ALL public transportation and a parking garage attached to the building for an extra $40 a night.

Other Things to Note

10% off restaurant prices in the building during your stay.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $50 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1700 /week
Monthly Price: $5500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $70
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Great location, gorgeous view and clean place! It was nice to have the restaurant downstairs for convenience also!

    March 2014
  • Best view of Chicago! Very welcoming host and all around amazing experience.

    October 2013
  • Erin and Ralf were amazing hosts, I could not have felt more welcome there and look forward to staying there again. This is a GREAT SPOT in Chicago.

    October 2013
  • our stay in Chicago was fabulous, in large part due to the apartment, and Ralf and Erin's hospitality. first of, the apartment was much better than even the pictures show. the view was beautiful, and at night simply breathtaking. turn out the lights, sit on the sofa and look out over Chicago, it's better than TV. Ralf was super charming and entertaining, with stories you just had to smile about. thank you for inviting us for a drink downstairs in your bistro! the bistro, by the way, really gets going at night. it's such a good spot for a chicago visit, can't express that enough. anyone who stays here will not be disappointed. so, until next time Ralf and Erin, auf wiedersehen! -David

    September 2013
  • The views from the apartment were amazing, and the apartment was exactly as advertised. Ralf was a fantastic host: he was always very accommodating, and he even got us a cocktail on the house at the Bistro he manages downstairs. All in all, staying at Ralf's apartment made this trip even more memorable, and we will definitely try to stay there again if we return to Chicago.

    August 2013
  • Great apartment.. Great hosts... Great location... Apartment offered all the conveniences of a home...we had a wonderful time in Chicago and would consider apartment again.. Highly recommended...

    July 2013
  • This was our first time using airbnb. Erin's condo was very nice, with outstanding views. Plus within walking distance to almost everything.
    Ralf was wonderful and super helpful. We've already recommended Erin to others.

    July 2013
    Erin
    Response from Erin:

    SO glad you liked it! Thank you so much for the referrals. :)

  • The apartment was amazing, as advertised!

    Erin was a great host and was able to help with any request. Would definitely recommend this place when visiting Chicago, and I will stay there again.

    June 2013
    Erin
    Response from Erin:

    Johnny- I only wish I had a chance to share a drink with you. I'm so glad you liked everything. See you again, I hope!

  • I thought this was a great place and would definitely return there. Location is ideal, very convenient, and condo is clean, with plenty of amenities. Ralf and Erin were thoughtful, flexible hosts -- communication was great, and Ralf was very flexible when my flight into O'Hare was 4 hrs late. I was there for a convention and was only sorry I couldn't spend more time enjoying the place and the neighborhood, but I'll hope to return again with more free time.

    June 2013
  • Great apartment - spotlessly clean and in perfect location. Mag Mile a five minute walk from the apartment and to public transport (we used the bus on Michigan Ave to go everywhere!). Erin and Ralf ensured our stay was comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed their company. Thank you Ralf for helping us out with communicating with our family. The Bistro was great for a late dinner and some drinkies, and sharing stories with Ralf. We highly recommend this apartment and will definitely be staying here the next time we are in Chicago.

    April 2013
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Bishop Watterson, Columbus, Ohio, Columbia College Chicago
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Professional Jazz Vocalist
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Hi, I'm a Chicago-based professional jazz musician with several albums out and a really gorgeous condo that is super-expensive to live in. Hello, airbnb! I'm an excellent hostess and have dozens of testimonials on this site to back up that claim, so, please make your stay in Chicago with me and make a new friend in the process? Random tid-bits: I love great wines, particularly full-bodied red wines. And I love to share a great bottle with someone who has great insight to share. I love thunderstorms and snowstorms-- I guess because they can mirror the tempestuous soul. I detest smoke and find drug-use a huge turn-off; it just depresses me. Neither are acceptable in my home or propinquity. Can't cook. Won't try. Great at ordering take-out, though. Hate the sound of clashing silverware. Love children more than anything (!!!!) but I don't have a child-friendly condo. Would rather have terminal cancer than a broken heart. Jazz snob-- no, I don't think Norah Jones is a jazz singer, stop asking me to sing her stupid songs. (Sorry) You will hear plenty of Chet Baker, Monk, Anita O'Day, Ben Webster, Cannonball Adderly, Wes Montgomery, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson... you catch the drift, I'm a jazz-baby. Love lots of genres of music (Blues, Celtic, Classical, folk, Middle Eastern, French cabaret, classic rock...) but really cannot tolerate rap or the current definition of R&B/soul. Most pop past the 90's sucks. (LOL... I am so making enemies here...) I have more *friends* (not acquaintances-- FRIENDS) than anyone you may ever meet! Literally. It's a blessing. My loyalty is deep and wide to people who are heartfelt and kind. ;) Often, I like to have a few people over for wine, cheese, political discussions, chats about matters of the heart... Quiet company time is a favorite past time of mine. I prefer the city-scape to the prairie. I love a full moon. I wear stilettos like an infant wears diapers- ALWAYS. ;-)) I love poetry and people who live poetic lives. I am hopeless with most technology and miss things like phones with buttons. My iphone is an irritation to me more than a beloved treasure. People say I was born in the wrong era. I agree. Nothing better than a person with a quick and unique sense of humor and a compassionate, fearless heart. People show their true character when they think no one is looking. Sports bars have taken over America. That isn't a good thing. There's nothing sexier than humility. I'd rather be trusting and mistaken than safely pessimistic. If you can make grilled cheese you might as well be Charlie Trotter in my world. Good parents are my favorite people. Fashion is an expression of personality, but real beauty comes from within. I am intolerant of intolerance. Racism is the most disgusting characteristic of man. I like to box with my trainer in my pink boxing gloves, yet I was a ballet dancer more than half my life. I'm allergic to most animals. It's ridiculous how bad my allergies are. So the cruel irony is I love animals but I avoid them like the plague or I'm sick for days. Strangers on airplanes usually become friends with me-- or hate it when I fall asleep on their shoulder as they try to read... or sit comfortably in their own space. (LOL) A goal is to learn several languages. Old people make my heart melt, and I often want to snuggle them like grandparents. The lineage of history that dwells inside their eyes is a reminder to live a good, productive, grateful life. I prefer baths to showers and candlelight to sunlight. I think Reality TV is one of the country's biggest embarrassments and teachers should earn what basketball players make in a career. I'm in awe of people who can draw, paint, sculpt, sew, build things... I do not know the difference between a baseball and a football. (Kidding- but only slightly). If it's a choice between a tellurian wine bar/cafe OR the hot new stand-in-line for an hour nightclub?: Wine bar. Even if I have VIP passes, free drinks all night, celebrity hosts-- those "scenes" of pick up joints and crowded clubs make me disengaged. I prefer a half empty room at closing time with deep conversation. I have bouts of insomnia. But I typically write in those times. I like to clean and scrub the apartment-- it's cathartic. I like people who are thoughtful, witty, compassionate and honest. Clean and respectful is appreciated too. People with dreams are common. People that follow their dreams and sacrifice their comfort to pursue their deeper passions, with focused tenacity: they are the spice of life that inspires. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat a waiter, a doorman, a busboy, a janitor and an assistant. Money doesn't buy class. Or good taste. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone is someone's child. Everyone has a gift. Music, at it's best, is a healer. One genuine smile can change a stranger's entire day. I'd rather be remembered as a loving person than an attractive one.
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