Photo updated July 11, 2015New bathroom sink. Photo updated December 30, 2015.
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3Backpacker's Dream. Lockable Door!

United StatesIllinoisOak Park
Private room
2 Guests
2 Beds
Per Night
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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.

Photo updated July 11, 2015

Photo updated July 11, 2015

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: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

Please read each section of the listing.
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 community water cooler, mini fridge 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!

Please read the house rules.

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

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. 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. But the other end of the loop, Washington, can be as long as 40 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.

No local resident rentals please.

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!

Guest Access

There is access to a cold water cooler. 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. Sheets, soap, ARE provided. 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. You are welcome to smoke outside.

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House Rules
Check-in is after 4PM

• Check-in time is 4PM.
• Check out time is 10AM


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.

I will quickly let you know of the rules, which are really based in courtesy.

*• Clean up after yourself in the bathroom. There are cleaning items for your convenience.
*• Shower quickly and finish getting ready in your room as we only have one bathroom.
*• Quiet time begins at 10pm. Please use headphones.
*• No smoking in the house. Please, smoke outside and do not try to blow it out the window. Do not throw your cigarettes on my neighbor's lawn or put your cigarette out on my house. Throw the butts in the dumpsters in the alley. Do not throw them on my roof or property.
*• 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 unplug the fridge.
*• No guests that were not on the reservation.

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.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher
Lock on Bedroom Door

1 night minimum stay

New bathroom sink. Photo updated December 30, 2015.

New bathroom sink. Photo updated December 30, 2015.

Your Host



Chicago, Illinois, United States · Member since 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. 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.

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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