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.
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.
Perfect stay. Anna's place is adorable. We arrived fairly late in the evening, and had to leave fairly early in the morning, but had everything we needed (including fresh brewed coffee in the morning!). She was easy to reach, made everything very smooth. We will definitely be looking to stay with Anna again on future trips to Chicago.
A very good experience in the apartment of Anna and Mike ! They were welcoming and helpful. The apartment is cosy and close to public transportation. Vraiment recommandable !
Perfect for a weekend stay near the city. Anna, her husband and children were very welcoming. The adorable apartment was just as described. My cousin, friend and I all felt very comfortable in their home and neighborhood. Very comfortable beds. Having access to the kitchen was very convenient to store food we brought from home. They also left a full pot of coffee each morning... always a huge plus! We didn't spend much time lounging around because we had lots planned in the city. But, the time spent there was pleasant and welcoming. A very good first time Airbnb experience.
Our hosts, Anna and Mike and their two munchkins, all made us -- that's myself and three old friends from college -- feel completely welcome and comfortable. We had cheery morning chats over coffee, and then the family would retreat to leave us the floor to ourselves. The place itself was as inspiring and lovely as it looks in the photos. We had an awesome time in the neighborhood, from breakfast and dinner eats to vinyl dance music grooves. They have prepared a great little binder of their favorite spots in the area to make exploring even easier, and were available for questions on their phones. Nice towels, comfy bedding, fresh soaps.... This place is a gem.
The place is located in a neighborhood not far from downtown, and transportation is very convenient. A lots of vintage board games are avalaible and the interior design is very artsy.
Overall very good experience and this place is highly recommended.
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