House - Private room · S Emerald Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, United States

The Space

All the houses are only 3-4 miles from downtown, Chicago. You will be in downtown Chicago in 15-20 minutes by bus or train.

We are only 5 minutes (1 mile) away from Chinatown - a famous tourist center.


Bus No. 8 will on Halsted Street take you to UIC direct.
Orange line will take you to downtown in 10 minutes.
Archer bus 62 takes you to Loop in 20 minutes.
Bus 35 on 35th street will take you to the red line and IIT in 5-10 minutes.

Highways of 90/94 East and West, I-55, 290 are accessible in a few minutes on 31st Street.


All the houses are not in the hostel style where you find bunk beds in every room or the living room. It is a residencial single house with 3 bedrooms. You will have only 3 people in the house. There could be a couple for a short time depending on the season. Very cozy family living style. The house is always very quiet at night or during the day since everybody goes out for their business and come home to sleep.

You will meet guests of the same mind and same goal in the houses. When you stay in our houses, you make friends all over the world. There could be no host staying from time to time. But she comes in everyday to check and clean the house and see all people are in comfort and at peace.

All houses are on the south side which is only 3-4 miles from downtown. It takes only 15-20 minutes by public transportation. It is about 20 minutes by car from the Midway airport.

Except one house is on the north side which is about 4000 North. It is half an hour away from O'Hare airport. Half an hour to downtown by train. This north side house is about 8 miles from downtown.


1) Living room: provide real beds in a living room at $15 per night per person.

2) Private bedroom: range from $20-25 a night for a 7 day stay, each additional guest is $10 a day. For a 3 day stay, the rate is $25-$29.

Special rate for a long term stay which is on a sliding scale based on the based rate of $20 per night. E.g., $600 1st month, $550 2nd month. $500 for the third month.

Preference is given to 1 week stay

We provide the following services:

1) There are WiFi in all houses. The password is at the refrigerator door.

2) Fresh and clean linens are available at the porch.

3) Free weekly laundry by the host in the Emerald House.

4) Pick up at the bus stop or train station in the city is available with advance notice. The charge to cover gas is $10. I will be able to pick up at Midway airport during school days in the morning for $20 to cover gas.

If train or bus pickup is necessary, please try to come before 9 pm since I have kids going to school next day, unless you come at weekend.

5) Guest lap top to check email or important information. Registration is necessary

6) Use of kitchen facilities and utensils.

7) Please take care of your garbage in a plastic bag. To keep the house clean of no odor from the cooked food, there is no garbage basket in the kitchen. Everybody cleans up after himself/herself. There is no cleaning lady everyday. The house will be cleaned when a guest is gone.

There is a refundable key and parking permit deposit of $20.

For all the latest Chicago summer activities, sightseeing spots or entertainments, please go to the Cultural Center at Randolph Avenue and Michigan Avenue for information. Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

The CTA pass can be bought either 1 day, 3 days or 1 month at any train station, Walgreen and CVS Pharmacy.

McDonald, Cermak Fresh Market, T. Mobile, Subway, Unique and some Chinese restaurants are all within walking distance on 31st Street and S. Halsted Avenue.

In downtown you will find Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Acquarium, Field Museum. From there, you can take bus No. 151 to visit Gold Coast for high end shopping and more sightseeing, including Navy Pier.

We are only 5 minutes drive to Chinatown. By foot, it takes 30-45 minutes.

In Chinatown, you will enjoy the wordly famous Chinese food, visiting Chinese museums, shopping for Chinese souveniors, as if you were in a mini China or Hong Kong.

You also get free access to a museum if you have kids. Or you get 10% discount in purchases.

We are only 5 minutes by car to UC where you can visit your children or museums.

There is only 1 miles from my house to the Center. You can walk, take bus or cab ($10 only) for your conference.

It is a 15 minute to UIC medical center. You can take Bus No. 8 at Halsted to UIC campus direct. Then take shuttle bus to the Center.

Due to convenient location to downtown, Chicago, my house is perfect for medical rotation, internship, visitation and sightseeing.

Thanks for your interest in my house.

God bless you.



PLEASE CONSULT ME BEFORE YOU MAKE BOOKING ON MY ROOMS. THE CALENDAR MIGHT NOT NECESSARY BE CORRECT. YOU MIGHT GET REJECTED WHEN YOU (website hidden): There are other houses in the same neighborhood which offer the same description as above. If the S. Emerald Ave. apartment is filled, we will transfer you to other houses automatically unless you reject the change before hand .



Please note that Airbnb's charge system is not perfect. There is sometimes a difference. The room charge is set as above. The system might charge more or less. Difference will be settled upon arrival.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $120 /week
Monthly Price: $450 /month
Cleaning Fee: $10
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Everything was good in this place, which located quite close to Halsted-Orange station, only 2 minute by foot. Also it is convenient for grocery shopping, Trader Joe's, Target and Jewel-Osco are nearby the next station- Roosevelt station. Iris is always helpful and she frequently came to the apartment to see if everyone is in comfortable. It will be better if there is a washing machine in the house, but I still highly recommend this place.

    February 2014
  • This is a lovely and safe place to stay in Chicago It's very close to the train station, so it's very convenient for backpacker. And it's also very easy to do grocery shopping or to find a restaurant!
    Iris is a easy going person, and very helpful! Nice to stay in her place!!

    January 2014
  • Iris is a helpful host trying to accommodate the needs of her guest(s) as fully as possible. I recommend the future visitors to check-in at a convenient time so that they can see and request their needs (i.e. extra blanket, heater, extension cord, etc etc). She will be very helpful to provide them. I was late for check-in, but still, she kindly checked up on me the next day to see if I have any needs. There are other people staying in the same house but in my experience, all were very respectful to other tenants -which may be because Iris is careful about her tenants.

    November 2013
  • Iris is incredibly nice and accommodating. She is always helping to make your stay better. My only complaint about the stay was the fridge space and lack of trash cans. there was very limited space in the fridge, as there were so many guests in one house. When eating out is not ideal, this can be a big problem. Other than that, everyone staying was very nice, and having a great host helps make the atmosphere of the stay great, despite any minor problems.

    July 2013
  • Staying with Iris was an overall great experience. I stayed for one month at her place on Lowe and 33rd. I had generally great people that stayed with me as well. Whenever there was any sort of problem, Iris wasted no time in rectifying it for me or any of the other tenants. When I arrived and she learned I was a student, she actually went out and purchased a desk for my room! I didn't ask or anything, she just wanted to be helpful. When leaving, I needed one more night than I had initially reserved, due to my new apartment not being ready, and Iris was very eager to work with me so I could stay there. Possibly the nicest person I've met. I have only one complaint, and that is that the internet is very touchy where I was. Some days it worked no problem, relatively fast, other days I couldn't even load my (website hidden) page.This could get very annoying, particularly since I am a student and really needed the internet. Worked okay 75% of the time, sketchy the rest. Overall, great experience otherwise!

    July 2013
  • Iris is a great host. He cares about the team and trying to meet their requests and needs, even when they are not standard.
    The apartment is cheap, clean and located minute from the bus stop.
    I recommend this place for visitors to Chicago.

    May 2013
  • It's my first time using Airbnb and the stay with Iris was a very pleasant one. I actually spent 1 night at S Emerald Ave and 4 nights at W 32th street so I can comment on both places.

    1. S Emerald Ave: I believe S Emerald Ave is for people who are staying more short term and the place accommodates more people so you get opportunities to meet more people there as there are always people moving in and out. Another lady was cleaning and vacuuming the room before I check in so the room was all nice and ready before I enter. Iris also does the laundry twice a week for free which is nice as you save about $3-$5.

    2. W 32th street: this place is nicer as I'm only sharing the house with 2 other guys. They are usually out of the house in the morning and asleep when I got back from all the sightseeing so basically you have the whole house to yourself. =D It's also nearer to the Sox 35th red line station compared to S Emerald Ave, about a 20-25 minutes walk.

    Some small things to comment on though are 1. the house at W 32th street is on the third floor so I have trouble moving my heavy luggage up and down but Iris and another guy helped so that's really nice! 2. the place is about an hour bus ride (Bus no. 8) from all the theaters (I went to Briar theater for Blue Man Group and Apollo Theater for Million Dollar Quartet) so plan your journey carefully.

    Iris is also very nice in offering to drive me to the Hastled Orange line when I need to leave to Midway Airport at 6 in the morning! All in all, if you need a cheap private room to stay, I will highly recommend this place =)

    P.S. Check out all the good food near that area through Yelp. I found Jackalope bakery that sells really nice maple bacon donut (you get 10% discount if u check in there) and there's a mexican restaurant there that sells nice tacos and burritos at a very cheap price!

    May 2013
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    April 2013
  • I did not get to stay the entire length of my trip due to certain constraints. Ms. Iris was generous to readjust the payments. Overall it was a good experience.

    April 2013
  • Iris is an attentive, generous, and inviting hostess who genuinely enjoys providing rooms and living spaces to visitors for an extremely reasonable fee.
    The accomodations are clean, comfortable, and simple, perfect for the rate. In addition, the Bridgeport location, between Chinatown and Hyde Park, is convenient for both South Side activities and access to CTA public transport to Downtown and beyond - there's a bus stop just around the corner and the Halsted Orange Line train station is only about 5 blocks away (2 stops to Downtown). There is also an independent coffee shop (Jackalope Coffee and Tea House) and a few nice restaurants in the immediate neighbourhood (Homestyle Taste Chinese, Nana, Potsticker House), as well as a good thrift store; a library branch; plenty of food markets, convenience stores, and pharmacies; a library branch; bike shops; an assortment of curiosity shops; and a comic book shop.
    I heartily recommend this option to anyone on a budget and with the desire to meet fellow visitors and ultimately enjoy a down-to-earth Chicago experience.

    April 2013
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I came originally from Hong Kong as a student. I work together with Linda, as seen in the picture, for the temporary rental business. I love hosting, being hospitable to strangers. It helps me to know people from all over the world. I believe in the teaching of the Bible. The foremost commandment is to love the Lord, your God with all your heart, all your might and all your soul, and similar to it is to love your neighbor as yourself. By receiving strangers into my house, in fact, is to fulfill one of the biblical principles, being hospitable. I love my guests. Most of them are clean and courtesy. It also teaches and matures how to deal with difficult people. I love my business and my guests. Iris
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