About This Listing
A classic American Four Square circa 1919. Safe, convenient location in the Arts District of Oak Park. Minutes to blue line train and 290 expressway. 17 minutes to downtown Chicago (Jackson stop) Around the corner from galleries, restaurants, yoga and vinyl. Hosts live in a separate part of the home.
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.
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.
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Thanks so much!
Host family's living quarters are unavailable. We have pets.
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. Our family lives in a separate part of the house. There are times when I will be around all the time and others when I will be out. However, I am able to be reached at all times by text on my phone.
We have pets.
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.
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.
Tamara was a wonderful host! The room was clean and quiet, and really affordable for such a nice neighborhood. There were coffee shops and a library nearby, it was close to the blue line, and the neighborhood felt very safe. I also loved getting to spend time with Tamara's lovely cats!
Overall a good experience, I would definitely recommend it.
Unfortunately, I was not able to meet Tamara in person, since I arrived pretty late and I had to leave again early in the morning. But Tamara left me a note on the front door and on the door to my room to help me get settled in. These notes were very helpful and the accomondations were clean and pleasant.
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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.
I have hosted many international exchange students, travelers and all around awesome people.
I am American born, but my gram is originally from Lithuania and my grandpa's family are Austria/Poles. I grew up with a predominantly Russian/Lithuanian/Polish influence in my home and around many foreigners. As a child I grew up with a roomer so I have lived this life, most of my life.
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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