About this listing
Come be our guest in our slightly shared space - one to three bedrooms available, with your own bathroom. We've taken the time to make it comfortable, unique, and welcoming, and are happy to host you in our home.
Please note: this listing is for three private bedrooms in a slightly shared space. I do not rent the bedrooms separately, so you will never share the space with other travelers, just us. We have a separate listing for a private apartment on the first floor, if you prefer not to share space with us.
Come share our cozy, vintage Chicago home with us, play some records on our hifi, and enjoy our three comfy guest bedrooms. We've furnished the place with lots of our favorite vintage finds and treasures, as well as some of our own original art pieces.
We have two bedrooms available with full-sized beds, and a small third bedroom with a twin-sized bed that can be converted into a chair. The space you will rent also includes a bathroom, kitchen, living and dining room. Also plan to enjoy our back porch, backyard with garden, Humboldt Park in walking distance, as well as coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Wifi available, but otherwise, we are lo-fi and analog. Radios, record players, books, and a slightly out-of-tune piano.
We have a membership to the Art Institute, which provides free admission for up to 6 adults, as well as a discount at the gift shop, and we are happy to share - just ask! As of late, the Art Institute staff has been asking for ID to be presented with the use of a member card, so there is a chance that you won't be granted free admission. If we can coordinate a trip to the art institute with you, we're happy to bring you in as our guests (we go there all the time), but otherwise, you are welcome to try to use it, but admission isn't guaranteed. We welcome families and kids, and are happy to give the highlights of what we think is the best little neighborhood in the city!
Interaction with Guests
The layout of the space will give you basically a whole apartment to yourself. We sleep and spend most of our time in the flat upstairs. However, the use of the kitchen will be shared with us... and it's an old house, so you'll hear us moving around upstairs, and we'll be in and out of the space you're occupying now and then. The bathroom is not shared with us, but it is accessed off of the shared kitchen space.
We're happy to include you if we're cooking dinner, and we like to cook. If you prefer to have a more solitary stay, we can make ourselves scarce, but we're around if needed. You will be provided with clean bed linens at the start of your stay, as well as towels. Laundry is in the kitchen, and you are welcome to use it.
We have a young son and daughter, and we're a pretty fun crowd, but it's not going to be perfectly zen - just a warning.
Additionally, I am happy to book a private yoga/thai massage stretching session with you in my studio space upstairs, or take you along to some of my public yoga classes during your stay - just let me know.
East Humboldt Park is diverse, vibrant, hip, artsy, and tight-knit! Within walking distance of our home, you'll find two amazing cocktail bars, three vintage stores, a fabulous brunch and lunch spot, a small plates restaurant and wine bar, an art gallery, a record store, a knock your socks off amazing deli, one of the best underground music venues in the city... and lots more. Stroll around the corner, and you're in Humboldt Park, the actual park, which is the largest non-lakefront park in Chicago. Adjacent neighborhoods are Wicker Park and Logan Square - either a slightly longer walk or short bus ride. The neighborhood is a diverse mix of families, hipsters, artists, long-time residents, and new arrivals, and we've loved living here and raising our two children here - we can't imagine being in any other neighborhood in Chicago! If you have questions about our neighborhood, please let me know. You will see people from all walks of life here, and common sense precautions apply, as when you're staying in any urban setting.
You are close to either the Division Street or Chicago Ave. buses, which will connect you to the blue line, or take you right into the gold coast or navy pier. Biking is easy, and downtown is a quick 30 minute ride... and we have bikes you can borrow, if needed, including a tandem. Parking is available on the street with permits, which we can provide free-of-charge, or you can use our garage for an extra $10 per night.
Other Things to Note
We mix a mean cocktail, and have a huge record collection ;)
No smoking anywhere. No other guests. No late-night parties. Generally, just treat our space and our stuff with care and respect, and don't leave a crazy mess. Please sleep on the beds only - no crashing on our beautiful vintage couches.
Funky, eclectic little apartment near shops, restaurants and bars. We felt welcomed by our hosts and had a nice time there. The price was suitable for what our group needed.
The space was not private however and bedrooms are close to kitchen where there is a lot of morning traffic.
Not as private as we had hoped for but it was indicated when we rented that it would be a shared kitchen.
Overall we had a good experience and enjoyed ourselves and time in Chicago.
The listing indicates that you are renting private rooms in a shared space. It also says that kitchen spaces is shared AND that we will be in and out of the space throughout the day. We are welcoming you to share our space with us, and do our best to make you feek welcome, but at heart, you are a guest in our personal living space. We are nearly always upstairs in our separate living space in the evenings, but do move around all of the house throughout the day. if you need more privacy, then you need to seek a listing that is a separate apartment, so I encourage you to read listings more carefully next time.
Perfect place to stay. Anna and her family are wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home. Close to many restaurants and shops.
My family and I could not have been more pleased with our four night stay with Anna, Mike & family. My girlfriend and I have had a handful of Airbnb experiences in the past, but they were all private residences, with little to no contact with the property owners. This time, we had the pleasure of co-mingling with Mike and the kids every morning, and sharing in their lives as we prepared for our busy days in Chicago.
The space was inviting and more than enough room. The added bonus was a private bedroom for each of my kids as they don’t have this at home. My girlfriend and I were able to relax on the antique furniture in the living room, or listen to the rain on the back deck with some quality Chicago brews. The only caveat was the length of the bed in my room. I’m 6’1 and had to curl up somewhat to fit in the bed lengthwise.
Parking was simple and Anna was helpful in providing parking passes for us to affix to our car each day. Once we parked our car, we took advantage of Chicago’s wonderful public transit system. The 70 bus is a two block walk and from there the blue line train will take you into the loop or to any other train to get around the city.
Anna & Mike’s place is a bargain and in a great location. The neighborhood looks to be in transition, but there are plenty of spots nearby to grab coffee & delicious tacos. Anna & Mike have curated a binder with tips and spots to eat and drink in their neighborhood that turned out to be a tremendous help.
We will definitely look into staying here again upon our return to Chicago.
Anna, Mike and their two children were wonderful to stay with. The accommodations were great and beds were comfy enough that I slept like a rock! I had a very disjointed stay with them and they were extremely helpful and understanding. I definitely plan on being a guest at their place again when I'm visiting my son and his family. If you're in this area of Chicago and are looking for a comfortable place to stay, this is it!
Anna & Mike were super hosts and always welcoming. Anna was quick to share information and (email hidden)pecially the tip about the Start Lounge Coffee Bar a few blocks away. We became regulars. Their vintage home was exactly as described and was comfortable especially after a long day in the city. Our 2 girls particularly enjoyed their private rooms with the great art work. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to share a meal with them except for a brief passing at breakfast. We would stay there again if we go back to Chicago.
Anna and her family made us feel very welcome! They had a lot of helpful information about the area, and the city in general. Their home is so cozy and unique!
Location is great! Anna and her family were so friendly! It was ideal for us, because they interacted with us a fair amount, but gave us our space as well. Overall, a great first experience with air bnb.
We had a fabulous experience getting to stay here. The hosts were lovely to meet and sharing a kitchen was a pleasant way to feel interactive. Light breakfast and coffee were provided and made for cozy mornings spent playing piano, enjoying the fun artwork, and playing long forgotten children's board games.
There was minimal upstairs noise. The beds were comfortable and the couch in the living room was a great additional sleeping space for our large group. It was an easy location to get to on transit.
The stairs in are a bit narrow so large bags are a bit of a deal to carry in, but we managed. Street parking can be a bit of a hassle, but parking permits were provided free of charge making it as easy as possible given local traffic regulations.
All in all we had a lovely time and would definitely look into staying here again when our path takes us to Chicago.
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