-Ask for the Private room upgrade (pictures shown) or MasterSuite upgrade to include a private bathroom-
PLEASE NOTE-For larger groups, this home has 4 levels, 3 separate apartments, multiple rooms and a variety of accommodations available for different budgets and needs
along with a full size bathroom on each level for our guests comfort and convenience.
As hosts, we typically remain on the property full time and operate as a hostel and/or dormitory style environment.
We welcome you to respectfully enjoy our home as if it were your own, with access to the living areas, decks, eat in kitchens, etc.
In order to accommodate you or your group appropriately, I will need additional information. For example, your group may not fit in one room, you may wish to occupy more than one room or request the entire home (not available May thru November) or a level of the home. Charges vary by person, space, room/s, weekends/special holidays or events and length of stay. (Longer stays of 2 weeks or more are Welcome!)
My apologies but it is difficult to address each and every possibility we can provide so the site calculator and/or calendar will NOT be correct.
Please verify availability and rates with the host prior to booking.
Thank you for your understanding and assistance in providing you a memorable vacation and stay.
About the neighborhood:
Why we love it-Lakeview is an idyllic neighborhood with lush tree lined streets, historic million dollar homes, and lots of young families. Pretend you’re a local by spending time walking around the area parks, boutiques, brunch joints (Kanel, Bakin’& Eggs) coffee shops, and amazing restaurants with dining deals every night! Speaking of the nightlife-vibrant bars with wonderful craft beers, (Ten Cat, NorthDown) happening live music venues (Uncommon Ground, Schuba’s, Metro, Lincoln Hall), comedy clubs (Chemically Imbalanced, IO Theater), catch indie and foreign films (The Landmark Century Centre Cinema or Brew and View at the Vic) award winning performing arts (Athenaeum, Apollo, TimeLine, Playground) makes this an ideal location. Not to mention Chicago’s sporting events-Wrigley Field is within walking distance and the home of the Bulls and Blackhawks (United Center) as well as White Sox’s Cellular Field is a quick trip on public transit! With twenty-four hour trains, some overnight bus services, and plenty of taxis, transportation in and around the city is fast and easy- even to and from Midway and O’Hare Airport! Enjoy Lake Michigan’s Lakefront, with a 22 mile stretch of bike and running path. Don’t forget to sink your toes in the sand, visit the fun bars and maybe join a game of volleyball at North, Oak, Ohio and Montrose Beaches. The free Lincoln Park Zoo and Nature Museum are close by and great for a family-fun weekend.
After dark when the "Loop" and downtown sites are desolate, the work day is over and the sidewalks roll up at 6pm, take an opportunity to enjoy the uniqueness of one of the best North side neighborhoods. Take a break and unwind from your conference or convention at McCormick Place.
Stroll along Lincoln, Clark and Belmont Avenue's or over to Roscoe Village to enjoy our local stores and vintage shops
Just a few blocks away, check out the up and coming Southport Corridor and Music Box Theater.
Walk to Wrigleyville for the city’s best nite life, plethora of bars (The Cubby Bear, The Dugout) and restaurants or Wrigley Field for Cubs Games and concerts. (free game nite and concert parking for our guests)
We’ve got it all! Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Jewel Osco are just a quick walk.
(Our neighborhood has a walk score of 91)
We provide Wifi, cable TV, parking, etc.
About the transit:
Chicago's amazing public transit system and the proximity of stops to our place, makes this an ideal location to call home base when working in the city or visiting to explore the local attractions.
Sleep peacefully-we are close enough to the "EL" for convenience but far enough that it is a distant if unnoticeable sound.
Our clean, safe home is nestled conveniently between the Red line train (which operates 24/7) and Brown line Addison "EL" city train stops.
The Paulina brown line station is just a few short blocks along with the Southport and Addison brown line stations within 10 minutes walking distance.
The #9 (North and South) and the #152 (East and West) bus stops are at each end of our block.
About the sites:
The speedy train will have you to the steps of all area sites within minutes; such as Michigan Avenue known as Magnificent Mile for the shoppers, The Arts Institute for the largest Monet collection in the world, Museum Campus for those who wish to explore the Shedd Aquarium, Field and Science and Adler Planetarium. Or if your wish is to wander Navy Pier for the 15 story Ferris Wheel and Shakespeare Theater or take in the beauty of Lake Shore Drive and the miles of lakefront bike paths, this is it.
Visit other conveniently located neighborhoods. Check out Old Town for a visit to the famous Second City and Wells Street, or further East to Gold Coast for more great restaurants and nightlife and further West for trendy Bucktown and Wicker Park for shopping or food tours. Go North to Andersonville’s quaint Main Street, North West to Lincoln Square for Old Town School of Folk Music and North East to Uptown for some of my favorites like Tank Noodle on Argyle Streets “Little Vietnam” area, the Green Mill, Chicago’s oldest jazz club, the Aragon Ballroom and Riviera and Annoyance Theaters.
Other must see and do’s like, Millennium Park to include The Bean (Cloud Gate) and Frank Gehry’s outdoor concert pavilion, Grant Park for Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, Lincoln Park and the free Zoo all easy trips. The not to be missed tours by boat, bus or foot sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Foundation for structural and history buffs alike, Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) for the 360 degree views on the Sky Deck and the John Hancock Building observatory for the adventurers.
Nearby colleges DePaul and Loyola as well as easily accessible UIC and Northwestern, makes this a great stay for parent visits or temporary housing for college students on break or while awaiting permanent housing. Situated in a convenient location to all city and suburb hospitals make for an easy commute if here for a medical internship or rotation.
About the house:
Our place is a great option for those adventurous spirits looking to "live like a local" in a safe and clean place while seeing the sites.
Share this convenient space with fellow travelers or meet other working guests in transition and moving to the area. Learn about their journeys over breakfast while getting your day started or unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of a long day of site seeing on one of 3 outdoor decks. Join us hosts for impromptu s’mores in the fire pit while hearing about where folks are from and where they are headed next:)
What makes our place unique?
The amount of space we offer of course! One of the few places in the city that has the ability to accommodate larger groups, we love hosting out of town guests and ensuring they have a great experience.
We realize you are either on vacation or here for business and want you to feel right at home. Whatever we can do to make this a memorable trip, please let us know.
We can accommodate ALL size groups from the single traveler, those traveling with a friend, couples, families-you name it, we hope to accommodate it!
We welcome mature bachelor and bachelorette groups, family reunions, and groups we just haven't thought of yet:)
(Thorough detailed itinerary, guest and vehicle list required)
Great way to "live like a local" while exploring the city.
Be our guests! Be our guests! Be our guests:)
*Smoking is permitted on the rear deck only!!
**Parking in this neighborhood is free, non permitted and easily available except for Cubs game nites. We provide free parking passes to our guests. We also have private covered garage spaces available for $25 per nite. Great added value since parking in the city is $25 tp $50 per nite minimum.
***Wish to keep to your workout while traveling? Find these amenities within a few blocks: XSports Fitness offers $20 daily and $45 weekly guest passes. Or you can support the local YMCA for just $12 per day. Prefer Yoga? Check out CorePower Yoga.
My move to Chicago for work came quickly and I found myself in limbo as I waited for an apartment. My job is in the Loop, so I needed to find a temporary residence that was: Safe, Long term, Walking distance to the trains, and less than 30 minutes to my job downtown. Thank the Lord I found Chris and Stephanie’s place! I’m so thankful I chose to book with them because it met all my criteria and then some.
Chris and Stephanie were incredibly hospitable. The first night I was invited to a Bulls game with their group and throughout my stay they were always up to something fun and exciting. After work I could walk home from the train, hit up the grocery store on the way and make myself a meal. Then I could take the quick walk to Lakeview or Wrigleyville for a night out or just relax on the couch and watch some TV. Either way, I always knew if I had a question about the area or something wasn’t right, Chris and Stephanie were there to assist with anything.
I had a wonderful long-term stay and would book with them again if I ever needed the perfect place.
I enjoyed my staying there.
Thanks a lot.
Very nice people.
My stay with Chris and Stephanie was great. They were very friendly and helpful when necessary, but left me to my own devices most of the time. I moved to Chicago from South Carolina, and this place was the perfect stop-gap before my lease started. The location was very convenient to the train, which made it great for commuting to work, and the price was very good. (It was also very convenient to a grocery store and plenty of restaurants.) I made friends with the people I shared the space with (except for my last night, there was only one other guest on any given night). One of them was a fellow young professional working for Nokia (now Microsoft), and the other was a very friendly French girl going to college in the Loop.
When I made the transition from Chris and Stephanie's to my actual apartment, my hosts were extremely helpful and accommodating. They were very flexible about when I moved out, offered me furniture, and gave me a tape measure so I could figure out what would fit in my new place. I cannot recommend this place or the hosts highly enough.
We remember how difficult it was to find a home and short term accommodations when we first moved to Chicago so we were happy to assist Nick with his transition. Nick was a 22 year old recent graduate from Princeton starting a consulting job in the Loop mid August. He had already found a new home here in Chicago but his lease did not begin until September 1. Nick was recommended to Air BNB by some friends and sent us a message because he felt that our accommodations were both highly rated, affordable and conveniently accessible to public transportation. As a working guest, he wanted to have access to a kitchen too. He was absolutely a perfect guest! Now that he lives here, we hope to get to know him better and have already helped him furnish his new apartment too. He made some friends with our guests, Varun and Fannie who were here while he was and already met up with Varun for dinner. We look forward to having them all to our home for our newcomers cook out:)
The place is as the expected, not so good, not so bad and with a good price. It was a good place to spend a few days in Chicago. It's about 10 minutes walk to the subway station, which is very good. Everyone was very solicitous and gave good directions about what to do in the city.
I really enjoyed my stay here. I stayed for four nights in a semi-private space, which was blocked off from the main living area by a room divider. I slept on a raised air bed, which was much more comfortable than I expected. My first two nights there were during the busy Lollapalooza weekend, so there were other guests staying there. However, when the other guests left, they let me stay in the private room with a real bed, which I really appreciated. Overall, Chris and Stephanie were super hospitable, the location was nice, and my stay was enjoyable.
Mandi saying she really enjoyed her stay here means so much to us because she has stayed in nearly every hostel in Chicago. Not that we are a hostel but we do attempt to accommodate the budget minded traveler:) Also of note is our "cruise ship" upgrade policy. If you are an easy going and flexible guest who books the least expensive accommodations, we will happily "upgrade" you to the next more expensive option if we have it available free of charge. Most important was that Mandi was in Chicago searching for a new home and we remember the challenges we faced when doing the same. Since we have lived in 5 different neighborhoods in our short time here, we are glad to help as much as we can making such a difficult transition as smooth as possible. We hope to see Mandi soon for one of our "new-comer" to Chicago cook outs:)
Chris and Stephanie were welcoming and provided a great value for their accommodations. While there, a light bulb went out in the bathroom and it was promptly replaced. So they attentively responded to our needs. Also, the place itself is very well situated in a quiet, beautiful area with close access to the El (and rides to downtown and elsewhere are not long). It is also within walking distance of great places to visit and eat.
Chris and Steph's place was perfect for my stay in Chicago. Conveniently located with major attractions such as Wrigley field and others very easy to get to by public transport. Chris was a great help in showing me how to get around and things to do. The house was nice and clean and the bed comfortable. I would recommend for travellers to Chicago.
It is recommended to stay here, nice neighborhood, lots of eateries, not far from Chicago City, you have everything you need during your stay.
I was well received by my arrival.
When I get back to Chicago, I will certainly use these back sleeping.
The house is in such a wonderful location. It was the perfect place to stay for our group. 6 girls were out for a bachelorette party and we all had space to get ready together and simply hang out. Much better than a hotel would have been. The small touches like breakfast and tea made it even more comfortable. Would recommend this place to anyone!