Best Location--Wicker Park/Bucktown

Apartment - Entire home/apt · W McLean Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

The Space

Private one-bedroom apartment in the heart of historic Bucktown. Three blocks to the El for super easy access to downtown and O'Hare airport. Just a few blocks from Wicker Park's "six corners." Close to Divy bikes (bike sharing). Easy street parking available.

Wicker Park/Bucktown was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as the fourth “Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods” in the country. It (email hidden)ly, safe area full of record shops, boutiques, great vintage shopping, art galleries, music venues, neighborhood bars, and book stores. You can find the best restaurants in the city here. It also has many attractive outdoor spaces, including Wicker Park, Holstein Park (with swimming pool), and the Bloomingdale Trail.

The apartment is on the garden level of a single family home. It has a separate entrance and is completely private from the rest of the house. It has a bedroom with a full bed, a sitting room with a couch, a full bath, a flat-screen HDTV, and a walk-in closet. NOTE: THERE IS NO KITCHEN.

Amenities include:
--- Wireless internet access
--- Flat screen TV, which is hooked up to Netflix and other streaming services (not cable)
--- Freshly laundered premium bedding and towels
--- Mini-fridge and microwave
--- Custom guidebook showing location of apartment relative to surrounding attractions
--- Access to amazing book collection

We are very happy to advise visitors about travel arrangements and things to do during their stay!

You'll see that we've set check-in times after 3:00pm and check-out times before 11:00am, but please let us know if you need a few extra hours on either end. We'll be glad to accommodate you so long as we don't have an immediately adjacent reservation.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Sarah and Jeff’s place was a wonderful place to stay at. My friends and I enjoyed our stay at their warm, cozy, and charming place. The apt was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. Sarah gave clear directions and was very accommodating. I loved how they had such a great collection of books. It’s about 7-10 min walk to the blue line and takes about 20-30 mins from ohare airpot w/o any transfers. The area is in a quiet residential area and walking distances to good restaurants. Would highly recommend staying here. Thanks sarah and jeff!

    March 2014
  • Sarah and Jeff's place was awesome! Very quiet, comfortable bed, spacious, and very accessible to the blue line and buses. The convenience of getting in and out as I pleased and quick communication with Sarah was great. This was a wonderful place to stay for my first big visit to Chi town.

    March 2014
  • We had a great time staying at Sarah & Jeff's place. The apartment is a good size for two people with plenty of storage space, the bed is comfortable, it's warm enough even in the winter and the shower is good too :). We were having some problems figuring out who to work the TV and Sarah & Jeff were brilliant in coming over to sort it out as soon as they could.

    The location is fantastic too. Sarah & Jeff left us a really helpful list of their favourite restaurants, cafes etc. which we consulted often and which never let us down. There were a lot of great places to go nearby, especially on Damen, but the apartment is also 10 minutes from the L which takes you downtown or to O'Hare. There are useful buses even closer to the apartment as well - we used one to go to the United Center for a Bulls game and another to go to Lincoln Park and Second City. Even after the buses and the L have stopped, it's a short taxi ride away from most of Chicago's nightlife.

    Sarah & Jeff were great at communicating with us throughout and were kind enough to let us check out late, which allowed us to relax and make the most of our last day.

    I would highly recommend staying here and will definitely try and do so if I'm back in Chicago again!

    March 2014
  • Sarah and Jeff were great hosts. Very clear on directions and helpful. The place was great, and the snacks were delightful.
    However, the couch was insanely uncomfortable and very worse for wear. The springs were jabbyy and uneven. We didn't spend much time indoors or on the couch but do not plan on using it for more than putting your shoes on. We did all our reading and relaxing in the bedroom instead.
    We would stay there again, I just mention the couch if you are planning on using it.

    March 2014
  • Sarah and Jeff's spot is terrific. They had snacks and bottled water and were very accommodating. Great hosts!

    February 2014
  • Thank you for hosting!

    Location: Walking distance to the L and a safe neighborhood. 10 minute walk and 30 minute train ride to the airport. It is one of the "best locations" in Chicago, just as advertised.

    Abode: Very clean and comfortable. Tastefully decorated. I was welcomed with a bowl of snacks and cold water in the fridge; very much appreciated. Thanks to Netflix, I watched a lot of law and order while eating take-out Depression Dogs. Turns out I like Law and Order.

    Hosts: Attentive, courteous, and classy.

    Check-in/out: The hosts have it figured out. Late night check-in and early morning check-out was painless.

    February 2014
  • Sarah was a great host! Easy to communicate with and quick to reply. The suite is cute, clean and well-stocked with books. The bed is super comfortable, the shower is hot and the flatscreen tv is great for checking out Netflix after a day of sightseeing. If you're traveling by car, street parking in the neighborhood is plentiful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you stay at Sarah and Jeff's!

    February 2014
  • Sarah was great and very quick at responding as well as completely hospitable and extremely flexible. I would definitely stay there again. Thanks for all your help, Sarah!

    February 2014
  • The place was perfect for me. Really good hosts. I lost the keys in the snow and they got me a spare key in minutes. I would definitely stay again.

    February 2014
  • I had an excellent stay here! My visit was on a cold and windy January weekend and I really appreciated how cozy and homely it was inside. I had to work remotely one of the days, and I was able to (website hidden) and chat with my colleagues without a problem.

    The neighborhood was great to walk through, and the guidebook that Sarah and Jeff put together was helpful in finding places to eat and where to roam around. There were also street guides and maps and walking tour cards -- everything that one would need to explore a new city.

    The bed was very comfortable. I did most of my work at the desk in the bedroom. There was also a couch in the living room, where I ate fresh bread from Olivia's Market (a great place to find walking through the neighborhood) with tzatziki dip while watching TV. There were also many many interesting books in the living room bookshelves -- I started reading a travel book on Peru and am planning on getting a trip down there!

    Sarah and Jeff were super responsive and answered all my questions leading up to and during my visit. I enjoyed communicating with them, and were able to give me information that one wouldn't be able to get from a book, like "Would it be safe to walk along X street after the improv show is over?"

    The next time I am in Chicago this will be the first place I will check for a place to stay!

    January 2014
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Hi there! I'm Sarah. My husband, Jeff, and I live in Chicago, in a solid brick cottage that was built in 1894. Jeff and I met when I was a student at Ohio State and he had just finished a degree at the University of Michigan. If you follow Big 10 football, you'll understand that our union initially upset many friends and family members. ; ) After traveling around the midwest for a while, we settled in Chicago, which we love. We have a wonderful network of family and friends. In the winter, we like to visit conservatories and eat lots of Pho, and in the summer we like to ride our bikes around and enjoy Chicago's many outdoor music festivals. A lot of our free time recently has been spent renovating our home. We've rebuilt our porch, totally remodeled the kitchen, and renovated a guest suite in the garden level for visitors. We love being able to host friends and family and share our enthusiasm for the "city of big shoulders."
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