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House - Entire home/apt · South California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608, United States

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City of Chicago license # (phone number hidden)

We aren't one of those corporate land-grabbers, we are a nice couple with a big house and an extra apartment that we don't want to rent out to a tenant.
....And I look twelve years older than that photo from 12 years ago, yet Kathleen amazingly still looks the same.

You can rent an entirely furnished, really cool, comfortable apartment designed for travelers, for a great price instead of sleeping in someone's spare bedroom or a place they need to vacate because someone rented it. It's a really nice, really big place for one person, big enough for 8 persons (but ONLY one bathroom). Nobody lives in the apartment, it's used solely for Airbnb guests, so it's not full of other people's stuff that you have to deal with.

There is always someone upstairs (well not Always, we go out during the day a lot) if you need anything or have any problems, questions, etc.

The house was built in 1893. That's old in Chicago. It's a large, clean apartment in a large, old house, across the street from a CTA pink line train, so close you can set your watch by it.

Kathleen, Craig, Aaron the cat and Mr.Sanchez the female dog, all live on the top floor in a separate apartment, and are always willing to help you out with anything at all. We don't double book the apartment, it is all yours, with a separate entrance and a separate key to come and go as you want.
The apartment has new central heating and air conditioning. The apartment has super-fast wireless Internet and cable television.

It's a train lover's paradise! Watch the Amtrak, Metra and the freight trains roll through on the north side from the 6' tall windows, or watch the city's CTA trains come and go from the front porch or the yard on the south side! Yes, they make some noise. 16-19 minutes from the city center on the CTA train. Three bikes available if you're adventurous. Fully functional and equipped kitchen in the apartment if you want to cook your own meals. Large supermarket nearby. 1/2 block to Douglas Park. Very good Mexican restaurants super-close, the great Italian restaurants in the heart of the Chicago neighborhood are five minutes away with the bikes, less than 20 minutes on foot.

$120 for one or two people, each additional person $20. All taxes included. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Craig and Kathleen

Permit Number: City of Chicago license # 2232798

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $750 /week
Monthly Price: $2800 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • A nice place to be in windy city. Craig is a very interesting and nice person. The fridge was full with coke, bagels, juice and cream cheese. OK - the appartment is not so quiet - because of the trains - but you are close to the metro and you can jump on the pink line within a second. We enjoyed a wonderful time in chicago. So I would recommend the appartment for travelers and backpackers. For families with little children it might be to noisy inside. Thanks for having us! We will be back!

    April 2014
  • We had wonderful stay at the Perry's place. The apartment was more spacious than we expected and offered everything we needed. The Perrys even offered fresh fruit and breakfast breads. How nice! We parked our car in their garage and used public transportation during our stay.
    The "L" was very convenient and a few restaurants were within walking distance. The Perrys provided recommendations for other restaurants in the area we found to be charming and the food delicious.
    We will be back!

    March 2014
  • I have stayed in a lot of airbandb places int he last 9 months and this one lives up to its name as the Friendliest. Craig was keen to make our stay pleasant not just on the first day but throughout the week I and four others stayed. Its not just turning up on day one with fruit and milk and bagels but the daily dropping of of the New York Times and time for an evening beer that make it such a great experience. The place has a homely idiosyncratic feel with Craig's photos oif Chicago all over the walls.(Thanks Craig - i love the one of the taxi :-) Practicalities - its about a 30min ride on the pink line to the loop which is so close tot he apartment you hardly need to get out of bed. The neighborhood is lively with nearby fast food and a really nice supermarket within easy walking distance. Even if Chicago is not the number one destination in the world this should be your number one airbandb. See you next time Craig.

    February 2014
  • A wonderful first trip to Chicago! A gracious and inviting host - I wish we had more time to talk! Warm and well kept, staying here during the winter weather was relaxing and comfortable, as if coming back to your own home. I look forward to stopping through again.

    Thanks, Craig!

    February 2014
  • Craig welcomed us into his house which is right next to the train station and very easy to find. The location is ideal and within 25 minutes you are downtown Chicago.

    The house is very nicely decorated and has everything you need.

    Everything was very clean as well.

    I visited Chicago with four friends and we had a wonderful time here!

    February 2014
  • My daughter and I visited Chicago right after New Year's 2014 ! Craig & Kathleen were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and the best it could be. It had snowed a lot just before we got there and they had completely shoveled out the sidewalks. Their place is really large and has 10 foot ceilings giving an added sense of space. I can totally see how they carry the "Frendliest. Most Reviews" designation.

    Jayesh Shah

    January 2014
  • This is a great place to stay! The hosts are incredible. They are super nice and… free breakfast?! Really saved me from trudging into the snow first thing in the morning. I especially loved being across from the train. Super convenient! You can go anywhere so it really doesn't matter that the neighborhood is one of the less developed in Chicago. Just hop on the train and head wherever you want. Kathleen and Craig are just great people.

    December 2013
  • Craig and Kathleen's apartment was warm and welcoming in wintry Chicago! We had everything we needed for a great stay! Our family's favorite things were the ample living space, photography and tea selection!

    December 2013
  • We stayed here two nights. The apartment was an outstanding value. It was fun to arrive and explore it all, from the various rooms to the awesome photos on the walls. As noted by others, it's right next to the L. Upon first arriving, I was concerned the noise from the same was going to be a problem, but not once did I notice it through the night. It may have even been soothing, if that's possible. The bed was surprisingly comfortable and everything was clean.

    There was fresh bagels, cream cheese, orange juice and milk in the fridge, which was very nice to have in the morning.

    Unfortunately Craig and Kathleen were vacationing in Florida during our stay so we didn't get to meet them. Craig was kind enough to text a picture of the warmth they were experiencing in December there. How thoughtful! :-) They had a friend Sean let us in and answer questions and he did a great job in their absence.

    About the only negative I could say would be the location. The house definitely is not located in an upscale area. I never felt unsafe or anything, it just isn't somewhere touristy or posh. I liked that - I prefer to stay somewhere to get a truer feel of a city versus staying at a tourist-trap-hotel, but others might not like it.

    The next time we go back to Chicago we'd definitely stay there again.

    December 2013
  • We loved staying in Craig and Kathleen's airbnb! Great hosts and such a lovely cosy house in a great location for access to the train and local shops. From the spacious living areas, the great photos of Chicago scenes by Craig on the walls, the comfy beds and right down to the Elvis soap holder dishes, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to go back and spend more time there again one day!

    December 2013
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