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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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... :)
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!
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
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!
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. :)
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.
This is a gorgeous apartment with a lovely host in a vibrant neighbourhood that is soooo close to so many great areas in Chicago.
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