Newly painted on November 29, 2016. This is the new color. I'm a horrible photographer so I've been unable to update the other pics without disastrous results.
Private room
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
2 Beds
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Perfect for the eco-conscious/frugal student/traveller. Lockable doors! Very SAFE, convenient location in Arts Dist. Oak Park. Steps to (24 hr) blue line train & 290 expy. 17 mins to Chicago (Jackson stop). Free park. Self check-in. Mini fridge

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Some pets
Room type: Private room
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $95
Weekly Discount: 25%
Cancellation: Strict

The space

Please read each section of the listing.

I just repainted the room and for the life of me I cannot get a decent photo.

Our home is an eco-conscious home. The room is located on the second floor next to the shared bathroom. It has a twin sized bed. A mini fridge is en suite. A community water cooler and microwave are available on the first floor. A real mattress can be added for a second person. Newly added deadbolt locks on the bedroom door with key!

Please read the house rules.

Free parking for up to 30 days available for registered guests only. After 30 days, parking must he purchased through the village.

The hosts live in another private part of the home with their pets.

Our home is a great home for the independent traveler. There are times when the house is full of people and others when there might be only a few. During high season (summer, Lollapalooza for example) the house may be very busy giving you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.

Early check in into the room is not available. You can definitely drop off your bags, but you cannot stay and take a shower etc. If this is something you need, a reservation for the night before is required. (I do this myself when travelling to guarantee room access.)

Coin laundry available just one stop away -- about 7 minutes. Kitchen is unavailable.

We are just a 3 minute walk to the Blue Line train; a minute's drive to the 290 ramp. Please note that because we are so close to the train, you will hear some noise. This is the price we pay for this amazing convenience. This is the train that takes you directly to O'Hare airport and also into downtown Chicago in about 17 minutes. The first stop at Jackson, is only 17 minutes. To come from Midway you would take the Orange Line and switch for the Blue Line at Van Buren and continue on.

We have dogs and cats, in case of allergies or sensitivities, who live in a different part of the house with the hosts. If you have any issues with pets at all, or think you might have issues, this is NOT the home for you.

All reservations must go through AIRBNB including last minute reservations.

No local resident rentals please. Please do not ask for an exception.

Please do read the other sections as well. When corresponding, please offer the password, "Al was a chicken" so I know that you have fully read this description, and have gone over the amenities and House Rules.

Please do ask any questions you can think of.
Thanks so much!!

Guest access

There is access to a cold water cooler and microwave on first floor. On site host's living quarters are private. Coin laundry just a stop away (about 7 minutes). Airbnb requires hosts to abide by all local laws and regulations, therefore, the kitchen unavailable.

Interaction with guests

Our house is great for the independent traveler. We have a great self check in system so you can arrive at your convenience anytime after 4 pm on the date of your reservation. Our family lives in a separate part of the house. There are times when I will be around all the time and others when you might never see me. If you're looking for a place to rest and not a lot of host contact, this is a great place. If you want heavy host involvement, this probably would not meet your expectations. However, I am able to be reached at all times by text.

The neighborhood

We are located in the Arts District of Oak Park. A wonderful artsy vibe is what you will find in this neck of the woods. We are around the corner from great restaurants, shops, art galleries. Check out Cat at Mistress of the Arts for a rockin' new hairstyle, for those who want to try something cutting edge. There is a fantastic beading store for those who'd like to explore this art and a drop in yoga studio. Check out the guidebook. We have pets.

Getting around

We are located just a 2-3 minute walk to the blue line train. You can actually see the entrance from our front door. It's that convenient. We are also minutes to the 290 expressway entrance if you have a car. If you want to rent a car, we are walking distance to Budget/Avis Car Rental.
We have pets.

Other things to note

Bring towels. For your convenience, this is a self check in home. Fans only, no air conditioning. Hosts live in another part of the home but are on premises. My house is 100 years old. I have not done any decorative rehab. We do have dogs and cats. If you have any sensitivities or even think you might have sensitivities this is not the house for you. Smoking outside only. Please note there is no smoking of any kind in the home or outside. Free parking for the first 30 days. After that you can purchase parking through the village and park in a village lot or you can rent a space from me.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 4PM

• Check-in time is anytime after 4PM.
• Check out time is anytime before, but no later than 10AM.


Please help preserve my 100 year old home by following these simple rules.

Please read each section of the listing. I have added as many details as possible to ensure that you know exactly what to expect upon arrival in this shared room.

Please bring a towel.

*•BATHROOM. -- CLOSE THE SHOWER CURTAIN. Make sure the shower curtain is inside the bathtub. Do not let water run all over the floor. This destroys the ceiling in the dining room. Please, close the shower curtain.

*• Clean up after yourself in the bathroom. There are cleaning items for your convenience. Unfortunately I need to expand on this just a bit. The bathroom should be left exactly the way you would like to use it. And I will assume that would be no hair in the shower, no water splashed throughout the bathroom and most importantly no biological leftovers on the toilet.

*• Shower quickly and finish getting ready in your room as we only have one bathroom.
Please understand that my family is very frugal with both water and electricity and we appreciate the same from our guests.

*• Remove your shoes. Please do not track in dirt/snow/slush/etc. on the wooden floors. Do not put dirty shoes all over the new carpeting. There are boot trays for your use. Use them please.

*• Quiet time begins at 10pm. Please use headphones.

*• No smoking allowed anywhere inside or outside of the house. As a courtesy to our neighbors I am no longer able to allow any smoking anywhere, including outside.

*• No drinking or smoking on my outside front stairs. Please understand that it is actually a city violation to openly drink outside in front of your house here.

*• Do not dismantle the smoke detector (and try to smoke).

*• No drug use at all in this home and this includes pot.

*• Please take out your garbage every night to the cans outside.

*• Do not close the fridge if it is unplugged.

*• No guests that were not on the reservation.

*• $10 will be charged from the security fee for failure to leave the key.

I ask is that you remember that this is my home. A home that I really love, that I have raised my family in and where life happens. We have dogs and cats. Please let me say that again. WE HAVE DOGS AND CATS AND ALL THINGS THAT COME WITH PET OWNERSHIP. Some people might be very sensitive to smells, others not. If I am giving my dogs a bath, I can 100% guarantee you it will smell like wet dog until they dry.

Please remember that I actually live here with my family and do have to carry on with my regular life activities.

If this might be an issue for you, please, I am begging you, do not book a room here and then become angry that I have pets.

Safety features
Safety card
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
First aid kit
1 night minimum stay

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Chicago, Illinois, United States · Joined in January 2012

I love creating, bright colors and movies! I am a huge movie fan and can point you to the right direction in finding offbeat films. I also love to travel and do so as often as possible. So I may or may not be home when you stay with us but there always be someone in case of any questions. We are a bmx/dance friendly home.

I work with animal rescues and have dogs; both my own and fosters. I also do hospice foster for terminally ill dogs. If you would love to add a pup to your home, I can definitely point you in the right direction. You MUST be 100% pet friendly and with all the things that come with having pets and understand if I give my dog a bath, my house will smell like wet dog until he/she is dry. The dogs live in the private host area of the house.

My home is a work in progress. It is not perfect, but I really do love it. Much of it is still original.

So, please feel free to ask questions. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask. I'm here to give you the experience of a nontraditional way of travelling and success happens with good communication.

Thanks for looking and happy travels!

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