3BR Brick House. Parking. I-290.

House - Entire home/apt · West Polk Street, Chicago, IL 60644, United States

Welcome! Our single family brick house is located in a rare semi-private block about 5 miles West of Downtown. It has 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Full Kitchen. If you enjoy a quiet home with newer beds, clean sheets and towels, spaces, and save money while visiting Chicago, this deserves some serious considerations.

You are actually renting a whole house, not a shared apartment or basement. Each of the 3 bedrooms has a queen size bed with new mattress . There is one rollaway bed and the sofa in living room can be used as an extra bed as necessary. Each room has two windows with natural lights. Free parking, central air-conditioning and heating system, gas stove and oven, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toasters, hair-dryer, pots and pans...etc are included in the price.

SUMMARY PROS: privacy, good price ( each bedroom averages less than $45), hardwood floor, wifi, central air/heat, easy access to expressway, 6-minute drive to downtown/Buckingham Fountain, newer beds with box and frame, clean towels and sheets, free washer/dryer, kitchen, desks, free parking, quiet semi-private residential neighborhood, electronic keyless door, The CTA blue line train station opens 24/7 also. There is no big stairs to climb, plus a little outdoor green space...etc. It is a good opportunity to experience what a real Chicago neighborhood is like. Everything included for a nice price.

SUMMARY CONS: This is not located in Downtown or near any major tourist attractions. Local TV stations only (not cable), typical residential neighborhood, no shop or restaurant within walking distance, the CTA train station is walk-able but an automobile is highly suggested. NO SMOKING. Again, we are in the City of Chicago, but not Downtown. Please research the map to make sure the location works for your travel plan. Actually Chicago is so large and so diverse and there are just so much to be discovered outside Downtown.

We are totally honest about the description. What you see is what you get. Welcome to Chicago and Thanks for reading!

*We like to rent at least four nights. If you really want to stay less than that, please send me a note.

Jackie

The Space

Welcome! Our single family brick house is located in a rare semi-private block about 5 miles West of Downtown. It has 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Full Kitchen. If you enjoy a quiet home with newer beds, clean sheets and towels, spaces, and save money while visiting Chicago, this deserves some serious considerations.

You are actually renting a whole house, not a shared apartment or basement. Each of the 3 bedrooms has a queen size bed with newer mattress (12/2012). There is one rollaway bed and the sofa in living room can be used as an extra bed as necessary. Each room has two windows with natural lights. Free parking, central air-conditioning and heating system, gas stove and oven, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toasters, hair-dryer, pots and pans...etc are included in the price.

SUMMARY PROS: privacy, good price ( each bedroom averages less than $45), hardwood floor, wifi, central air/heat, easy access to expressway, 6-minute drive to downtown/Buckingham Fountain, newer beds with box and frame, clean towels and sheets, free washer/dryer, kitchen, desks, free parking, quiet semi-private residential neighborhood, electronic keyless door, The CTA blue line train station opens 24/7 also. There is no big stairs to climb, plus a little outdoor green space...etc. It is a good opportunity to experience what a real Chicago neighborhood is like. Everything included for a nice price.

SUMMARY CONS: This is not located in Downtown or near any major tourist attractions. Local TV stations only (not cable), typical residential neighborhood, no shop or restaurant within walking distance, the CTA train station is walk-able but an automobile is highly suggested. NO SMOKING. Again, we are in the City of Chicago, but not Downtown. Please research the map to make sure the location works for your travel plan. Actually Chicago is so large and so diverse and there are just so much to be discovered outside Downtown.

We are totally honest about the description. What you see is what you get. Welcome to Chicago and Thanks for reading!

*We like to rent at least four nights. If you really want to stay less than that, please send me a note.

Jackie

Guest Access

There are plenty of free street parking with awesome street lights!

Interaction with Guests

We can be reached by phone, emails, text, wechat or in person. We are 100% committed to your needs.

The Neighborhood

This is a quiet family oriented area. Crime is extremely rare on our block because there is no large apartments and residents here are very friendly and civilized. Two Chicago police officers happen to live on this block for years too. Driving is highly recommend because there are no coffee house or shopping within walking distance. This area was considered a "suburb" before acquired by the City if Chicago.

Getting around

CTA buses and trains are within walking distance. Please research their routes online. This year, most of the CTA vehicles are GPS equipped and you can check the route info in your phone via mobile apps too.

I would suggest to get a car or get a taxi if you plan to have lots of luggage.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $8 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $873 /week
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • My friends and I are college students. We stayed at this house for 4 nights. We've got a warm welcome from both Jackie and Andy. It's a little bit far away from the CTA. It will be more convenient if we have a car. Although the house is quite old, but the facilities in the house is promted to use. We enjoyed staying here. And one thing we really appreciated is that the host is so kind and take care of us. I'd recommend this place for whoever want to have a great time staying in Chicago.

    March 2014
  • My friends and I had a great time in Chicago. The house is located right next to the interstate so it was easy to go downtown. Andy made everything to make us have a great weekend, which we really had. Even when a little detail was not what was expected, Andy and his wife corrected it immediately. A very honest and trustful couple. A convenient house. And a great experience! Thank you!

    November 2012
  • Andy is helpful. Thanks for his new ricecooker.

    October 2012
  • Andy is very accommodating in meeting our group of travels needs. We arrived to find food in the frig which was great since it was early evening and we had registration and dress rehearsal that evening so we didn't have time to shop for food yet. The house was very clean and all the necessities were there. The neighbours were very friendly and welcomed us to Chicago. We will definitely be back since we are in Chicago at least three times a year. Goodbye to staying in hotels. Thank You Andy for everything and the helpful hints and maps were great.
    Jim

    September 2012
    Jackie
    Response from Jackie:

    Thank you Jim! We are adding patio furniture in the backyard and adding a BBQ Grill also! We are upgrading all mattress to brand new Queen sizes as well. No more twin sizes.

  • Andy was a wonderful host!

    He was always helpful, very communicative, and ready to help with any and all issues and inquiries.

    July 2012
  • Andy is a nice guy. He is responsive to inquiry and what we need. Here is my review of our 7-night stay.

    Neighborhood.

    Andy told me the house was at the safest block in the west side of Chicago. I think he is right because we are safe home. One night, some kids played outside around midnight. The other night, some adults talked outside until midnight. There are uninhabited vacant houses and stores with boarded windows and bars, vacant lots with weeds and trees covering the ground up to a few feet, graffiti on the walls, broken glass bottles and littering on the sidewalks between this house and the CTA blue line Cicero stop or the I-290.

    The House.

    The front and back yards are full of weeds. The big trash bin is in front of the house next to the stairs to the porch. Cables and electricity lines are hanging low outside the walls of the house.

    Andy told me the house is about 50-years-old and he had done some work on it. The wall and kitchen cabinets are newly painted white and the wood floors are waxed, but the doors, window frames, and moldings are not. There are irresistant stains and dirt all over the house, especially along the moldings and the heaters, the kitchen countertop and sinks, and the vinyl flooring of the laundry room.
    When we first stepped into the house, it was smelly and steamy hot (90 degree F). It took hours for the house to cool down after turning on the air-conditioner. There were a couch, a side table, a TV stand, a TV, a remote control for the TV without battery, two bookcases without shelves, and a broken chair, but there were no table or chairs. There was no light in the living room, and two out of three light bulbs at the kitchen did not work. The brightest part of the house was the hallway. We tried to use the broom and to sweep the floor but the broom bristles were too hard to sweep any places. In the evening, Andy brought a table, a desk, some chairs, new comforter sets, a new broom and dustpan. The furniture was worn out but still usable. When we took a shower at night, we found out there’s no warm water. So Andy came again to turn on the water heater around midnight. He also bought us food for night snack. When we tried to use the washer and dryer the third day, we found out the washer didn’t work and we had to hand wash the clothes.

    July 2012
    Jackie
    Response from Jackie:

    Sau and her family were our 1st guest of this house. We were new to the bnb concept and far from perfect and we want to thank them for their opinions.

    I do need to state that they were incorrect about the description of my neighborhood and other comments and I hoped this review forum was not used as a retaliatory measure for our disagreements.

    First of all, they did not inform me about their dog and the cage they brought with them. Although I did not charge them the $35 pet fee, I did not like the idea of having a dog in my newly vanished living room and on my hardwood floor without asking first. Their dog's matters on my front yard was not cleaned up. They were the first guest of this house after our remodeling project and were kind enough to call me to correct some overlooked issues such as light bulbs, and water heater. I was glad to correct them promptly without much interruption to their stay. They arrived during the hottest days ( 105 F) in Chicago's history. I agreed that I should have turned on the central air prior to their arrival and opened the windows so the odor of the newly painted walls would be less. The washer was in good order before their stay. The service technician believed that someone was washing extremely soiled items with my washer which might have caused blockage to
    the draining mechanism. Sau did not checked out until around 2pm ( regular check out time is 11:00am) and was unresponsive to my phone calls and text messages which might have upset her group. That would be fine in an ordinary day but we had our 2nd guest arriving at 3pm on the same day. I respected their privacy by not entering my house without their presence, but this really delayed our cleaning schedule and one cleaning maid left because she could not wait any longer but I was still responsible for her time. Luckily our 2nd guest was very understanding and we had no issue whatsoever.

    I have two properties in the airbnb program for just a few months and so far most guests enjoyed their experiences. I will take all guests' suggestions objectively and make it better.

  • The House was great and our stay was really fun. The neighborhood may not have been our first choice but we took taxis into the city, which turned out to be pretty cheap. Jackie was really nice and everything went smoothly.

    January 2014
  • Thank you very much Jackie! Your house was a nice, comfortable and safe place to stay. Thank you so much for letting us stay with you! :o)

    December 2013
  • The location was good. The house was spacious and self contained, we really liked that. It would be good to make sure everything is running properly and some small maintenance would make the place perfect. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Jackie was prompt to solve any problem and helpful in providing directions.

    October 2013
  • The house was very spacious and we had plenty of room to hang out. Everything was clean and ir order.
    The neighborhood is a bit rough and when we arrived to the airport the taxi didn't want to take us to the house because he said it was dangerous, but we didn't have any problems the other days.
    Jackie left some sodas and snacks for us :)
    We had some disadvantages at the end of the trip but Jackie could solve it for us.

    September 2013
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Welcome to Chicago! I am a working professional with a background in engineering. I have lived in many diverse communities and enjoy learning others' cultures and languages. I am relatively new to Airbnb but like this traveling model because I believe it is a win win for both the travelers and homeowners. When we travel with large family like ours, we need to rent at least two or even three rooms. Sometimes the rooms are on different floors, without kitchen, dry-cleaning fees...etc. We are just regular people and hope to make a little extra income by offering our home to you at below-market pricing so you get a much better return on your travel dollars. Our place is not upscale or fancy but offers reasonable lodging needs plus more privacy than a regular hotel experience. It provides a unique way to feel and explore Chicago. A kitchen is very important consideration, especially if you have small kids or just want to save on restaurant bills. Eating out 3 or 4 times each day can get a little expensive quickly. We are still learning about the bnb practice so any constructive comments and suggestions are welcomed and you are encouraged to write a review after your stay. Thanks for considering us. We wish you a great trip and good health! J
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