About This Listing
Very safe and convenient location in the Arts District of Oak Park. Steps to (24 hour) blue line train and 290 expressway. 17 mins to Chicago (Jackson stop-Sears Tower) Hosts live in a separate area. Pets on premises. Self check in. No cleaning fee
The soft gray room is located on the second floor next to the shared bathroom. It has a twin sized bed and a small mini fridge and microwave for those snacking needs. A water cooler is available on the first floor. An air mattress or real mattress can be added for a second person.
Please read the house rules.
The hosts live in another private part of the home.
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.
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.
Coin laundry available just one stop away -- about 7 minutes.
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. To come from Midway you would take the Orange Line and switch for the Blue Line at Van Buren and continue on.
All reservations must go through AIRBNB including last minute reservations.
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.
Please do ask any questions you can think of.
Thanks so much!
Each room has a mini fridge and microwave and access to a water cooler. On site host's living quarters are private. Coin laundry just a stop away (about 7 minutes). 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 s anytime after 2 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.
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 and a rockin' hairstylist 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.
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
For your convenience, this is a self check in home. 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 pets and they live in host family's area. Although you will most likely encounter the indoor/outdoor cats. If you have any issues at all with pets, this is not the home for you. Please note, shower only home. Smoking outside. Laundry or kitchen unavailable.
All 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.
Please communicate your needs so they can be addressed.
We did not see Tamara but the room was clean and ready when we arrived. Also it was not a problem to arrive late when our flight got delayed. All in all it was a very nice and effective stay! Thanks!
Tamara was a wonderful host. She was quick and welcoming in her communication. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood, with convenient access to public transportation into the city proper. As a bonus, the house cat was also very friendly and playful.
Tamara is a wonderful hostess. Very accommodating, flexible and hospitable. Cute house in a very convenient location, steps from the Blue Line and 290. Very close to shops and cafes on Harrison in Oak Park. I work nights and she lets me stay days when I need to sleep and stay close to work. She's always very nice about making sure I get enough sleep!
Tamara was a wonderful host, very friendly and with some excellent recommendations for food etc, one of which really made my time in Chicago quite special.
Great location on the Blue Line, super easy to get downtown. If you're sensitive to noise bring earplugs!
Lovely Bohemian home! Oak Park was a very beautiful neighborhood to stay in for Chicago, even if I only stayed one night. Never got to meet Tamara because of the short duration of my trip, but she was helpful in telling me how to get settled in over the phone. If I come back to Chicago, I will be staying with her! Also, the proximity to the CTA is very handy... you can practically see the Blue Line train stop from the house's front door, making its location even more ideal.
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About the Host, Tamara
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. We are a bmx/dance friendly home.
I work with animal rescues and have dogs; both my own and fosters. 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.
You will most likely only encounter the indoor/outdoor cats, Hector and Elizabeth. The dogs live in the private host area of the house.
I am American born, but my gram is originally from Lithuania and my grandpa's family are Austrian/Poles. I grew up with a predominantly Russian/Lithuanian/Polish influence in my home and around many foreigners.
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!
This is the station closest to my home. Make sure you buy your ticket at OHare if youre there. You can purchase a ticket at this station too, but will have to enter on the Austin side.
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