Apartment - Private room · N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

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?

Your host, Jesse
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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?

The Space

Welcome to the City of Neighborhoods! Your room in Chicago awaits you, on the Near Northwest Side, at the edge of the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. [RIOT FEST ATTENDEES SEE BELOW *] 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 6 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 most welcome. Feel free to email with any questions at all. I pride myself on being a good host.

* SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE COMING TO ATTEND RIOT FEST: I prefer not to book months in advance, unless it is for a longer stay of one week to one month. I wish you the best of luck elsewhere.

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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, an 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.

Getting around

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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Monthly Price: $1100 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • The place was neat and tidy. He was friendly and engaging. I recommend staying here.

    July 2014
  • Okay, I am going to make this real easy for those of us who are mathematically challenged...10 (ten) stars out of a rating system with 5 being the highest...get my point?
    I have stayed with several people over the last 2 years, and all the places were lovely, and so were all my hosts, but this one is so brilliant, I did not want to leave. Jesse is extremely kind, funny, and an Anthropologist...for me, that just about nails it! He's a fabulous cook, and even invited me to his Graduation party. AND I got to sit on his porch! (now THERE is an addiction problem...).Anyway, if you want to learn about Chicago, human behaviour, have fun, and then some, STAY THERE!!! I am already ogling flights for next year...then again, maybe I can make it for Christmas THIS year ?!?
    The neighbourhood is great, there is a dangerously good bakery on Armitage (if you've got a sweet set of teeth; "La Estrella" - try their Marble cake!), a really good Mexican restaurant, about 2 doors down from the bakery, (doesn't look like much, but wow!), and did I mention the front porch?( Well, now I have!!!)
    The 73 bus will get you into town, as does the El train; and if you do nothing else, visit "Rosa's Lounge", up the road on Armitage...the best Blues music in town...and that says a lot in a place like Chicago!
    So, now you know; if you book anywhere else, don't come complaining to me later, I TOLD YOU!!! You've only got one holiday, spend it here!!! Now excuse me, I have to book a flight...

    July 2014
  • We were not in the house for super long, but in the evening Jesse would check in with us to see if everything is okay. The morning of our departure from Chicago, I had a chat with Jesse and learned he's an anthropologist that used to do research on Chicago, so folks that are interested in local history and culture should definitely stay with Jesse!

    May 2014
  • Jesse was truly wonderful. I contacted him with only a few days notice and he got back to me very quickly, letting me know I would be welcome to stay at his house. His apartment is clean and large, with your own private room complete with a bed, desk, bookshelf and closet. Sadly I was only there for two short nights and hermited myself in my room (as I was there for an audition) but when I ventured out, Jesse was there with recommendations for restaurants or just to ask me about my day.

    May 2014
  • The best experience! Jesse was an amazing host and I don't use that word freely. He made me feel at home the minute I arrived. Sharing his home was effortless and never anything but comfortable. He was consistently full of interesting observations and gave me new insight into any subject we talked about. I'm happy to now call him a friend. Definitely give Jesse's place a chance!

    March 2014
  • I stayed with Jesse for a week plus during January. There's not much I can add to his previous reviews as they are all accurate. He is a great host and an equally affable/intelligent/kindly person. You'll surely be happy you stayed with him.

    January 2014
  • We had a great stay at Jesse's place in Humboldt Park. The apartment was clean and cozy, and Jesse went out of his way to make sure that we had everything we needed. Jesse is great company, and we had a good time getting to know him. He also showed us the neighborhood, a huge plus considering his knowledge of the Chicago area. Humboldt park is safe and fun to explore, and it is just a short 20 minute train ride from the downtown. I would highly recommend Jesse's apartment and hope to stay there again on my next visit to Chicago.

    January 2014
  • Jesse was wonderful in making us feel comfortable. He was the perfect host. His house was cozy and comfortable and near all transport lines into the city (subway, bus, etc.). We will definitely stay again.

    January 2014
  • My boyfriend and I booked this place since it seemed cozy and is conveniently a few blocks from Humboldt Park (we were there for Riot Fest).

    Jesse was a super great host. He stayed up for us on the first night because our flight got delayed and we showed up at 1am completely exhausted. He showed us the place and (added bonus) we played with the puppy that the upstairs neighbor has, which totally made my night! Also recommended some pretty good places to eat around the neighborhood too (Scofflaw's, Nellie's... A+)! He's very knowledgeable about the neighborhood/Chicago in general, which was good for first timers like myself and my boyfriend.

    The room, although small, was just what we needed - a nice and quiet/clean place to sleep. Only 1 (minor) drawback -- the bed is a fold down futon which might be hard for some people to sleep on, but as long as you don't mind that, the room is good. I felt totally at home in the rest of the apartment as well. We were out and about most of the time of our stay, but Jesse always said we were welcome to hang around or even invite our friends over. On our last day, he gave us a ride to the train station as well so we could catch the train up to Midway.

    Overall, an excellent stay in Chicago, and I would definitely recommend Jesse's place to anyone looking for a homey feel during your Chicago getaway!

    September 2013
  • My time in Chicago was just wonderful. I instantly felt at home which is mainly due to the kind and welcoming nature of Jesse who is everything you could dream of in an airbnb host. The room/apartment is just as he described it in his description, it is very clean and the mutual use of kitchen/bathroom/porch and living room was absolutely unproblematic. I spent more than 2 months at Jesse's place and his attentiveness was always like on the day of my arrival. He was extremely helpful in finding my way around, showed me where to find the things I needed and supplied me with wonderful coffee and breakfast. He is also an inexhaustible source on the history of Chicago and its various fascinating neighborhoods and was more than willing to share his knowledge with me. If you want to experience Chicago, Jesse’s is the place to stay.

    August 2013
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English, Español
Northwestern University
Northeastern Illinois University
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.
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