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.
Newly rehabbed garden apartment with private entry, one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, toaster, fridge, but no stove). Very fun and walkable neighborhood. Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square shopping/restaurants, grocery store, train, parks, public 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, tree house, 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/ small windows to open for fresh air. 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)
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 guests when they arrive and chat a bit, but I pretty much stay out of the way. Guests can usually check themselves in, when arranged in advance.
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.
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)
For the comfort of future guests, absolutely no smoking or pets.
Be good neighbors! Our upstairs neighbors (Bruce and Sarah) are very courteous; please try not to make much noise. Let me know if you need anything or if you have any questions.
Check in is after 5:00
Check out is before 11:00 a.m. (Just lock the door and drop the key through the mail slot.)
This is the third or fourth time we've stayed here and have already book a stay in July. Each time, Nate has been a welcoming and responsive host. The apartment is lovely, spacious, clean and very well maintained. The neighborhood is close to public transportation and Lincoln Square's parks, restaurants and shops. It's easy to get to the Loop, and a close escape from the noise, hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.
The apartment was perfect for the two of us to stay while visiting friends in the neighborhood. Very clean and all the amenities we needed. Nate was extremely helpful with arrival information and a nice explanation of the apartment's layout. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
Our host Nate welcomed us upon our arrival, and even helped us carry in our luggage. He spent time pointing out various things in the apartment, and made suggestions on local restaurants, how to access the train, etc. The apartment was very clean and neat, and had all the amenities one would need. The neighborhood was cozy, with a grocery store, coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. It was located only a few blocks from the train. It took about 40 minutes to ride into downtown Chicago. I would definitely stay here again.
This place is wonderful! Comfortable, great location, and kid-friendly. We enjoyed meeting Nate, walking in the neighborhood, climbing the tree house, and, of course, all that Chicago has to offer. Nate even went beyond and provided an extra air mattress. It was affordable and the bed was very comfortable.
We had such a nice time last weekend. Nate was very helpful, I could tell he takes pride in his neighborhood and had great suggestions for all my questions. He even dropped off some goodies as well! The apartment is well suited for children we loved how welcoming Nate and his wife were toward kids. our 1.5 year old didn't want to leave with all the great toys available.
It was a pleasure, and had great access to fun shopping, restaurants as well as the train station.
Our experience was great! Good location for getting in and out of Chicago. Quite neighborhood. Although it is in the basement and the ceiling is low, it still provides privacy and warmth. The only complain is the ceiling floor is quite noisy when upstairs-neighbor walking around. But nonetheless, we were glad to meet Nate and stay at Nate's.
Our host, Nate, met us when we arrived but had also left instructions if he wasn't. He checked on us once during the first evening. The apartment was presented accurately in pictures and writing. The neighborhood was a typical Chicago neighborhood; close to the Brown line, a grocery store, and Lincoln Square and within a few blocks of whom we were visiting. I felt safe. The apartment was clean and comfortable - exactly what we wanted. I would stay here again. Thank you.
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.