How about a homey stay in your own room in a real house kept nice and clean with colorful rooms in a cool and real Chicago neighborhood with a host who loves people and a free breakfast every day?
Welcome to the City of Neighborhoods! YAY SPRING! It is warming up and your room in Chicago awaits you, on the Near Northwest Side, at the edge of the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. I offer a private room in a large place, with a sofabed that converts into a "full size" bed that can sleep two. The house is just 3 blocks from one of the biggest, best, most beautiful parks in the city, walking distance from great Puerto Rican and Mexican food, the great bars and restaurants of Logan and historic Paseo Boricua, and a 20 minute walk to the Blue Line train to downtown, or the art, cafes and nightlife of Wicker Park. Amenities include a nice front porch for lounging, free wifi, bedroom air conditioning, good heating, hardwood floors, newer kitchen and bathroom, full use of the kitchen, exercise equipment, and a FREE breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit and coffee: what B&B really MEANS! For those with allergies: this is a clean house with NO pets. Best of all, I grew up in Chicago only six blocks from here, love my neighborhood and my city, study and teach about it as an urban anthropologist, and will happily guide you with the eye of an insider, or leave you alone to play. I am also a lifelong activist raised by a radical feminist and want to add that LGBTQ people, immigrants, and people of color are more than welcome and will find an ally here. También yo hablo y escribo en español si prefiera. Longer stays for jobs, internships or other reasons are especially welcome. Feel free to write with any questions at all. I pride myself on being a good host.
Guests have access to their own bedroom plus the living room, dining room, bathroom, and full use of the kitchen to keep food, cook and eat, the front porch for hanging out or to smoke, TV and DVD player to watch movies, free weights, an exercise ball, a stationary bike, a real bicycle and helmet to borrow, and free wifi.
Interaction with Guests
I am a friendly person and love to check in with my guests and see how they are each day, but I am also quite alright leaving you alone to relax either at home or out there in Chicago.
I love, love, love my neighborhood. People here have heart that comes from a long local history, rich cultures of origin, and a strong working class ethic. Great Puerto Rican and Mexican food abounds along with cultural events, venues and celebrations, and still there are newer eclectic restaurants and bars to compliment that. But topping it all is Humboldt Park itself, a huge expanse of fields, trails, lagoons, a swimming beach, playgrounds, prairie restorations, and kids and families enjoying the outdoors.
Regular bus service by the Kimball, Armitage and North Avenue lines is either one or two blocks away, and the Blue Line is about a 20 minute walk north into the center of Logan Square, so it is not too hard to get around, and I am good at helping guests plan travel around the city.
Other Things to Note
Try to find all the lizards (toys) carefully hidden in the bathroom! Wear my purple cape hanging in the dining room! Get into great discussions with me about culture and politics!
Reasonable quiet times are expected of both host and guests. Smoking is allowed outdoors only. Guests may keep their own food in the kitchen.
Jesse is a good host and very helpful . He helped me a lot , I will staying at his house if Im going to Chicago again.
I stayed at Jesses place for 6 nights.
It was quiet and cosy! That was all I needed!! Jesse was extreeemely helpfull person and offered breakfast every morning. I loved it, totally recommend to stay there.
Jesse is very caring, kind, and gentle. When we got to Chicago, the weather was very cold, so he provided free ride for us. The rides helped us reduce a lot of tiring walking. Besides, the room and the house are very very clean and well-organized. It is just like the description on the website. And the neighborhood is quiet. We felt free and comfortable when living in his house. It was a good experience.
I am glad that stopped just at Jesse. I think that I was just lucky. Firstly, it is friendly, attentive and considerate host. Second, a very interesting person with whom you can talk on almost any topic. Third, the calm quiet place where you can both relax and work. Good, fast WiFi, the kitchen has everything you need. Next time I would love to again stopped at Jesse. Thank you Jesse.
Jesse was a great host!! Even if he wasn't at home when I arrived, he cared for me very good. The room and the whole appartment are nice and comfortable!! The bus is around the corner and also the metro isn't far away. I really enjoyed staying there and it was a great pleasure to talk with Jesse about his PhD and his work. I would really like to stay there again!! Thank you Jesse!!!
I stayed at Jesse's place whilst visiting a university in Chicago for my studies. It is a very cosy house (especially in the cold!) and he was welcoming and helpful with whatever information I needed. Unfortunately, I was unwell in my first few days and I appreciate Jesse trying to find ways to make my stay more comfortable. Humboldt Park is a nice and safe neighbourhood, and the house is about a 20 minute walk to the train station, but I found that in the cold it was better to use the bus which is only a 4 minute walk from the house. There is great food nearby and Jesse had excellent recommendations for places to go, but unfortunately I didn't have a whole lot of time to explore the area. I would definitely recommend Jesse's place to stay in Chicago. Thanks for having me! :-)
Jesse was an amazing host. We were only in town for 24 hours but he made us feel at home and gave us the inside info on the best places to eat. We couldn't have asked for a better first AirBNB experience.
I am 41, from Chicago, teach a local university, and do research on neighborhoods and urban change. I am very agreeable and easy to live with. I grew up in the Logan Square neighborhood, six blocks north of where I live today. I spent most of my twenties teaching high school at a small alternative program based in the Puerto Rican community, and lived for a year in Ireland before throwing myself into cultural anthropology. I am somehow interested in learning a little bit of almost anything, which is why hosting travelers on airbnb is full of unexpected rewards.