Please note: this listing is for a private bedroom in a shared space. We have a separate listing for a private apartment on the first floor, if you prefer not to share space with us.
We have up to two bedrooms available with full-sized beds, bathroom, kitchen, living and dining room. We also have a fold-out single bed available for a 5th guest, if needed. 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.
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. We have a membership to the Art Institute, which provides free admission for up to 4 adults, as well as a discount at the gift shop, and we are happy to share - just ask! Parking is available on the street with permits, which we can provide. We welcome families and kids, and are happy to give the highlights of what we think is the best little neighborhood in the city!
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 share with us, but it is accessed off of the shared kitchen space, fyi.
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 4-year-old son, 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.
Friendly and helpful hosts--a lovely family. Easy walk to public transportation and clean, comfortable environment.
We had a lovely stay with Anna and her family. They were around just when we needed some local advice on where to get quick groceries, a bookshop, or some fantastic Puerto Rican food (around the corner), but also left us all the privacy we needed to relax and get some work done on our business trip. Thanks again! (Ps comfy beds!)
We only stayed a short while, but the house was great and they were very friendly hosts. We would stay here again!
Anna and Mike were great hosts! Their home is just beautiful, and they gave us lots of space so we didn't feel crowded. There was coffee in the mornings and they even let us use their pass for the Art Institute. I would love to stay with them again.
We had a great time staying with Anna, Mike and their children. They were very friendly and helpful with questions. We were able to get the bus two blocks away and connect with the train to downtown. The bedrooms had very comfortable beds. A unique way to spend the weekend in Chicago!!
October 2013 A refreshingly honest experience. Clean, comfortable, welcoming and without pretense of being anything it isn't... Renting the bedroom was a perfect solution for a weekend visit for a wedding...quiet neighborhood, easy walk to the Division St bus (although I didn't have to walk it). Anna and family are gracious and non-intrusive. Wish I'd had more time to experience the park and the neighborhood.
We want to thank Anna, Mike and the whole family for their warm welcome! They provided us with all the parameters for an excellent Chicago stay: a nice apartment to hang out and sleep, good coffee in the morning, entry tickets to the Art Institute and -something we Dutchies love- bikes!
This is the 2nd time I chose to stay with Anna and her family. They are such amazing hosts and I really wouldn't want to stay elsewhere. Just as last time, they gave us some great recommendations of places to eat and things to do. The place was clean and cozy and the amenities (parking permits, art pass, bikes, etc) were plentiful. Her children are precious and you couldn't ask to stay with nicer people! Can't wait until next time!
Anna and Mike were wonderful, friendly and very helpful guests. We'd never been to Chicago before and they gave us great tips on where to eat, etc. They even let us borrow their art museum pass.
The house is very stylish and comfortable and in a great neighborhood. We enjoyed our stay.
We stayed with Anna and her family over this past weekend. The experience was very positive and we hope to stay again sometime in the future.