My one-bedroom apartment in Edgewater is a short walk to the beach and Andersonville, and just a few blocks from the el and a handful of buses. A pull-out couch in the living room means that 4 people can stay comfortably.
I'm a 5-10 minute walk to the red line of the el train, which will get you downtown in about 30 minutes. I'm also within a few blocks of several buses. If you're coming into town for a specific reason…