About this listing
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! Take advantage of LOW cool weather rates! 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 Square and historic Paseo Boricua, and a 20 minute walk to the Blue Line train that takes you 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 I 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 front vestibule! 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.