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.