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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
  • Craig and Kathleen were great hosts. The rooms were exactly as described and very comfortable for the three of us. OJ and fresh bagels in the fridge were very much appreciated.

    Proximity to the train made getting around a breeze, and we had no issues with noise.

    December 2012
  • We stayed at Craig and Kathleen's for two nights in Chicago and couldn't have found a better place to stay, we had great hosts, Craig even walked with us to find a liquor store and helped us with the train which was across the road......perfect spot and so easy to get into downtown Chicago

    November 2012
  • Craig and Kathleen were excellent hosts and on hand to help out and advice on anything. Flat is just perfect. Rustic-yes. Spacious-yes. comfortable-yes. Clean-yes. What you can't tell from the advert and pics...the flat has charm. It oozes charm. It is next door to the CTA train service into the downtown (operating (phone number hidden)), which is perfect. It is a short stroll to the heart of the Mexican area Little Village), 5 mins walk to the supermarket, 1 stop away from a great diner (at Western). In short the location is first class. The beds are comfy. The flat is cosy warm. All is great!! The flat is neighboured on both sides by train lines so bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.

    November 2012
  • Great little apartment -- very convenient to train, and also offers off-street parking.

    But the really great thing is that the hosts are totally amazing. Great communication, fantastic directions and fun to chat with.

    We had a great stay here.

    October 2012
  • Craig and Kathleen were away but Sean was great at welcoming us to the house. Loved the bagels and fruit left for us. Place was very clean and tidy. The train was so close and very handy for travelling into the city. Had a really enjoyable stay, thanks guys!

    October 2012
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