Private Lincoln Square Garden Apt

Apartment - Entire home/apt · W Giddings St, Chicago, IL 60625, United States
Nate

Clean and comfortable one-bedroom garden apartment with kitchenette in a brick two-flat building. Sleeps 2-4 comfortably (queen bed and futon). Pleasant and lively neighborhood and a short walk to the train.

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Clean and comfortable one-bedroom garden apartment with kitchenette in a brick two-flat building. Sleeps 2-4 comfortably (queen bed and futon). Pleasant and lively neighborhood and a short walk to the train.

The Space

Newly rehabbed garden apartment with private entry, one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, toaster, fridge- no stove). Very fun and walkable neighborhood. Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square shopping/restaurants, grocery store, train, parks, pool, and more. Wireless connection is OK, but it can be inconsistent.

This apartment is very quiet at night and guests generally have reported great sleeping. In the summer, it's naturally cool (most of the time) without needing forced air or window units. Of interest to families with youngsters, there is a little fort-like play area and toys under the stairs (Kids love it), a fun tree swing out front in the parkway, treehouse, a little free library, and lots of other neighbor kids to run around with. In December, we made some improvements: we've installed a lockable door between the apartment and the laundry room and we hung some new art to liven up the walls.

Full disclosure: Garden apartment = basement. It is has good natural light in all rooms, but windows are glass block w/ vents. Also, the ceiling height is about 7.5', but there is a center beam that puts it as low as 6'2", so taller folks beware. This is a vintage building, so the floors/ceiling do creak when people are up and about upstairs. Finally, for some people it's great, but you should know there is no TV /cable.

There's almost always something happening in Lincoln Square; check out the Chamber of Commerce events calendar: (website hidden)

Guest Access

All amenities in the apartment, including wi-fi. The front yard/bench area. We also have a pack-n-play and a booster seat for little ones. Washer/dryer upon request (for longer stays). Periodic cleaning service upon request (for longer stays).

Interaction with Guests

Not much interaction. I try to meet them and chat a bit, but I pretty much stay out of their way. Guests can usually check themselves in, when arranged in advance.

The Neighborhood

In our humble opinion, this is one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. Within three blocks: independent coffee shop, at-grade el station with cool crossing signals, two restaurants with excellent patio areas, award-winning Goosefoot ((website hidden)), Harvestime (eclectic, independent grocery store), bike/walking path along Chicago River, Bloom Yoga studio. Within 6-8 blocks: River Park w/ public pool, Waters School (w/natural prairie and community gardens), Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (open on saturdays) and tons of stuff in Lincoln Square.

Getting around

Downtown/Loop is 45 minutes on the brown line el, (we are very close to the Rockwell stop).
The lake front is a 25 minute bike ride away.
Parking is on-street and free. It is usually easy to find a spot, but does get trickier in the evening.

Other Things to Note

There is no stove for cooking. The buzzer for the apartment does not work, so be advised if you're having visitors or food delivered.
Safety: The apartment has a CO detector (on shelf above kitchen sink) and first aid kit (in bathroom medicine cabinet)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Awesome city neighborhood with lots very close- a grocery store, bakery, restaurants and the Rockwell stop for the train. As we were visiting friends who lived close by we needed very little from Nate, our host, but he was very nice. The apartment was just as advertised - a new basement apartment that is done up nicely. We felt quite at home. And although there is no stove to cook with, it's amazing what a microwave can do!

    July 2014
  • We were sorry we didn't get to meet the host ; our schedule was pretty intense. That being said we felt everything we needed was available to us and we were in touch by phone and email. The apartment is a very clean and nicely furnished space. The beds were comfortable. My husband is 6'5" and had only one place where he had to watch hitting his head in this basement apartment. The neighborhood is very nice and safe; a good grocery store and terrific restaurants were within walking distance. Cooks should know there is only a microwave; no stove or oven. We are folks who prefer natural and organic so appreciated some of the healthful care and cleaning products in the apartment. In sum, a great place to stay.

    June 2014
  • Nate was friendly and flexible with our family. We wanted to have somewhere nearby and Nate's place was very clean and accommodating. The only curious thing was no TV, but the place was filled with all the other amenities including towels, complementary coffee, appliances, toiletries, and an air mattress (in addition to the queen bed and full size futon). The property is a great location with a real neighborhood feel for the city. Would definitely recommend and hope to coordinate with Nate for a future family stay.

    June 2014
  • Nate's apartment was in a perfect location for us. It was very clean and he was friendly and helpful. I will probably stay there again the next time I am in town.

    June 2014
  • Nate was very communicative and helpful during the check-in process. His space was immaculate and very well equipped for my in-law's stay.

    Whether your stay in Chicago is 1 night, or a week, I would highly recommend you stay with Nate.

    June 2014
  • Excelente la casa de nate, y el es muy amable

    May 2014
  • The apartment is wonderful! It accommodates 2-3 people comfortably, with everything as described in Nate's listing. It is located in a great neighborhood within easy walking distance to restaurants and public transportation. We had great communication with Nate prior to, and during, our stay. He answered emails quickly, and it was nice to meet him in person. I highly recommend this apartment!

    May 2014
  • I booked this apt. for my parents to stay in during the time our second child was born, and they loved it. We live a few blocks away, so I can attest that the neighborhood is great (western part of Lincoln Sq near Rockwell stop). The apartment is on a lovely, quiet block with two playgrounds each a block away. Definitely recommend!

    Here is my mom's review of the apt itself:

    "We spent a month at Nate's for the second birthday of our granddaughter and the birth of our grandson. The apartment is in a lovely neighborhood, close to shopping and public transportation. Nate was a wonderful host, anticipating our needs and responding to our inquiries promptly. The apartment is large and wonderfully equipped--large living/dining/kitchen area, large bedroom and bath, all with new appliances, furniture and fixtures. And there were wonderful extras: access to washing machine and dryer, and a lovely play area with toys that our granddaughter enjoyed. The apartment was spotless and beautifully maintained. He and has family live in the building, so we saw them frequently. He made us feel like welcomed guests and we look forward to many more stays there when we visit Chicago."

    May 2014
  • We had a lovely stay at Nate's private Lincoln Square apartment. It's a bottom level apartment with basic amenities--no frills but very clean and comfortable. It's near the train station, which means it's easy to get around the city and there are cute shops and restaurants within walking distance.

    There was a bit of noise from the apartment above, but that was mainly because they were spending the weekend repainting.

    Overall, we had a fantastic stay!

    March 2014
  • We always have an excellent stay! I highly recommend Nate's garden apartment!

    February 2014
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My family of four lives in the top unit of the two-flat. We spend a lot of time walking or biking around in our neighborhood (we happily have no car). You can often find us out front, sitting on the bench, swinging from the tree, or just chatting with neighbors. We also spend lots of time on our back deck eating, talking, and watching the gold finches and the beehive. We love visiting other cities where we can stay in interesting neighborhoods without the hassle of needing a car. We think our place is well-suited for others who appreciate urban neighborhoods.
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