Vintage apt - room in artist loft

Apartment - Private room · W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608, United States
Maria Elena
Your host, Maria Elena
20 Reviews
Response rate: 91%
Response time: a few days or more

The Space

Since there is a dog living in the house now, please send a private message first so I can organize a dog sitter or to make sure I'm home so she can meet you when you arrive (she is incredibly shy).

If you wish to have the entire apartment to yourself instead of just the private room, please send me a message and we can talk about prices, length of time, etc.

I have a private room available on the first floor of my vintage apartment. It is furnished with a tempurpedic bed, a desk, and a space heater for winter and a window unit A/C in the summer! The kitchen, living and bathroom are all on the first floor, upstairs is where my bedroom/office is. There is wi-fi and a Nintendo wii that I use with a television (thank you netflix!) for movies and for games.

The apartment is very old, but charming. I love the chipped plaster walls and hardwood floors. This is my apartment where I live full time, so it is fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, towels, new bed sheets etc.

The neighborhood is within walking distance of grocery stores, coffee shops and a few cool restaurants. The bus will whisk you downtown within minutes, or borrow my bike and explore chicago on a smaller scale.

Email me any questions!
Please, no requests without emailing me first, and have a filled out profile. I can't accommodate guests over a week since I do utilize the space as a workshop/studio. Thank you!

Guest Access

Help yourself to items in the kitchen, I don't mind sharing. Use the television, watch movies, hang out in the common space. I only ask that you do not go up to the second floor because it's my bedroom. It's where I keep my clutter, so off limits :)

Interaction with Guests

I am very flexible. I don't mind riding bikes around with you on my days off, or showing you around town. I love playing host! But if you just want some privacy and (email hidden), I can always get some work done around the house or get out of your hair. Either way it is your vacation, you decide.

The Neighborhood

A vibrant hispanic and artsy neighborhood, tons going on, but 2 blocks off the main drag so still relatively quiet for city living. Unless it is the fourth of July, then watch out for some major neighborhood partying and street festivities.

Getting around

near several bus lines, a 15 min walk from the orange line train (or the bus will take you there), the bus connects to all train lines very easily.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Maria's place was perfect for me. I was on a biz trip, needed to go to McCormick Place every day - her place is one short bus ride to McCormick, and it saved me so much time. Also the apartment is close to downtown so taking a cab was very economical, too. I wish I had more time to talk with Maria, though!

    June 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time staying with Maria! She was very accommodating and let us use her kitchen so that we could stay on out health kick during our vacation! Drew, her dog, was a little shy but she did warm up to us after a few minutes and a few treats! Maria suggested a free learn to row day on the Chicago river, which was a huge success and maybe the highlight of our trip.

    June 2014
  • Maria Elena is really nice host. The flat is beautiful and you can find cafes and restaurants near the flat. Everything worked out perfectly. The dog barks at first when she sees you but she is really nice and stops barking within minutes.

    June 2014
  • Maria has been a wonderful host. She is careful, helping and flexible. Drew (her dog) is absolutely adorable as well.
    She took the time to make me discover Chicago and always made sure I was alright.
    If you have the chance to go to Chicago don't hesitate to call her she will definitely meet all your travelers expectations.

    The apartment is nice and cosy. The bathroom is a little bit tight but it's because I am quite tall... :)

    May 2014
  • My friend and I stayed with Maria Elena for 3 nights while visiting the city. She has a great place and it is very easy accessible to the city. By the end of our stay we were pro's at the bus and subway system. She was excellent at communication and responding. We communicated a lot via text and she was very helpful. The apartment was really cute and in what seemed like a good neighborhood. It was my first time staying in a city as big as Chicago and instead of hearing violence we heard kids playing on the streets. If you are looking to stay somewhere affordable and private then this is your place. Enjoy your stay!

    August 2013
  • Maria Elena is a beautiful person who has shown me how accomodating and genuine she is. I stayed with Maria for a month and have a had a wonderful time. The appartment is well located and right in the hub of an artistic community. I was blessed really to have stayed here. It's quiet and funky. The room is a decent size and Maria is helpful with your needs as far as what to do and where to gos are concerned. I've enjoyed her company enormously. Fabulous host. I will miss you Maria!xxx

    November 2012
  • My boyfriend Javier and I were able to pass a great time at Elena's. She was very friendly, and ready to help where she could, even though she had to work a lot. She provided fresh sheets and bath towels after a few days. Her appartment is really nice, clean and whitnesses of Elena's creativity.
    The location is great and made us discover a more alternative part of Chicago. I really recommend her place. Maria Elena is a great Airbnb host!

    September 2012
  • I gave her very short notice for the stay but she was very responsive and nice. We really enjoyed staying at her apartment which was very clean and nicely decorated. It was as advertised and located in very characteristic neighborhood. We loved Maria. She is very nice and knows a lot about the city! We hope to hang out with her next time we visit the town. :)

    September 2012
  • The bedroom was clean like all the appartment unless the bathroom which was damaged but clean.

    The situation is good but not the best. It is very easy to go to downtown with the bus 18 which runs every 20 minutes.

    Maria was very nice and thanks to her airbnb we saved 100 euros. So it was a good deal.

    August 2012
  • This is a gorgeous apartment with a lovely host in a vibrant neighbourhood that is soooo close to so many great areas in Chicago.

    August 2012
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English, Español
UCSD, Archeworks, University of East Anglia
I'm a designer, originally from S California, but I've lived in Chicago for over 10 years now! I know most neighborhoods here and would love to help you explore this city. I live and work to explore the world. I've traveled to Northern African, China, Japan, Thailand, Iceland, Central America, Middle East, Europe and can't wait to explore South America this fall. My travel style is on the cheap--but quality: clean stark rooms, simple delicious whole food, and great company. I also lived in Mexico as a child and go back frequently. You can see my large family photos from the reunions, a poor turn out is only around 70 people... I love meeting new folks and having large dinners where all my friends get together. I have my days free and work only a few nights a week. On my off time you can find me at the theater, music venues, comedy clubs, lying at the beach or in the studio working on something. In terms of hosting, I don't mind running around the city with you, or just opening the door and staying out of your hair. I love chicago and want to make sure you have a great time, and that you feel safe and confident getting around the city. Since I am a female living here alone, I would prefer to only accept single lady travelers or couples. But if you are a guy and feel like you have references/reviews that I will feel comfortable with, then please send me a note anyway. ALSO, I travel a lot, so anyone is welcome to stay when the entire apartment is open.
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