About this listing
Why pay for a room in a hotel when you can have a whole apartment with full kitchen and free parking for less?
Beautiful, two bedroom "Home Away From Home" located in historic Oak Park and steps from the CTA Blue Line train. This is a fully furnished apartment on the 2nd floor of an owner occupied 2-flat on a safe and quiet tree-lined residential street with the following amenities:
•Short 3 block walk to CTA train, then 20 minutes to the heart of downtown Chicago loop.
•Private front and rear entrances
•Free parking space connected to back yard
•Full kitchen with refrigerator, gas range, coffee maker, toaster, breakfast table, cooking utensils/dinnerware
•Full bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower
•Large dining room with seating for six & cabinet w/ games
•Sleeps 6 comfortably
•Main bedroom has queen-size bed & dresser
•Second bedroom has twin bed w/ trundle & dresser
•Living room has new comfortable sofa bed, HDTV with Internet access, DVD player & movies available for your use
•Free WIFI internet access (code avail. in the apartment information binder)
•Private deck overlooks landscaped yard w/ available grill &
•Access to Laundry Room from back stairs
•No Pets please (to keep as allergen-free as possible for our guests)
•Non-smoking only (same as above)
Amenities withing walking distance:
•Beautiful parks with playgrounds, swimming pool, tennis, sand volleyball, and baseball
•Fitzgerald's live music venue
•Harrison Street Arts District w/ artist galleries/shops
•Oak Park Conservatory
Nearby Oak Park attractions:
•Downtown Oak Park with nice shops and restaurants
•Classic Lake Theater (runs latest box office movies)
•Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
•Historic neighborhoods including several Frank Lloyd Wright homes and many other beautiful homes
•Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
Chicago Attractions all easily accessible from Blue Line train:
•Skydeck at Willis Tower (previously Sears Tower)
•Landmark theater district
•State Street shopping
•The Art Institute
•Historic Auditorium Theater
•Chicago Symphony Orchestra
•Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain
•Chicago's beautiful lakefront
•Navy Pier and The Museum Campus, containing the world-famous Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium are highly accessible from downtown Chicago.
•30 minute cab ride to both O’Hare and Midway airports
This is a perfect place for a family visiting the area or a businessperson who wants a quiet place to relax with easy access to downtown.
Guests can use the front and rear stairs to access the apartment, the 2nd floor rear deck is for your use. You can also feel free to hang out in the back yard if you wish or sit and relax on the front porch.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests as little or as much as they like. We love to hear stories from our guests, but if you want total privacy, you can have that as well!
We live in a beautiful residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets and many amenities within walking distance.
If is 4 minute walk from the apartment to the CTA Blue line commuter train station. From there, it is a 25 minute ride to the heart of downtown Chicago where you can connect with all other CTA train lines as well as many buses and shuttles to downtown attractions.
Other Things to Note
Please do NOT use (website hidden) maps or Mapquest to find the apartment. They will show our address north of 290 which is not correct. We are 1 1/2 blocks south of 290 and 2 blocks east of Oak Park Ave. If you use (website hidden) or Bing maps, they will find the address correctly.
If you have any physical limitations, you may want to consider the following:
1. The apartment is on the 2nd floor and there is a fairly long flight of steps in both the front and back to access the apartment.
2. The bathroom has a claw-foot tub which has top rim that is much higher than most tubs. You have to step over the rim to get in and out of the tub and there are no grab bars. We are not responsible for injuries from using the tub.
We don't have many rules for the apartment, we just ask that you consider that since we are a family that lives directly below the apartment, you keep noise levels in mind. The front door should be locked once guests are in for the night. Also, there are no pets allowed in the apartment to keep in mind possible allergies of guests. We do have a dog & cat downstairs, but guest will not really have contact with them.
We stayed one month at Keith and Valerie's place and could not have imagined a better one. Plenty of room,( we even had a study room and got a lot of work done!) nicely furnished and decorated, wel equipped and spacy kitchen, quiet and green safe neighborhood, shops in walking distance, close to public transportation that brings you in less than half an hour in the center of Chicago. The airconditioning is an absolute plus when the weather gets hot. And last but not least it was such a pleasure to meet this very nice family! They live downstairs but both units are completely independent. They never bother you but they are there when you need them. As it should be. Absolutely highly recommended.
This was a great apartment, and we will definitely be staying here again the next time we are in the Chicago area. We highly recommend staying here.
We had a wonderful stay at Keith and Valerie's place. The apartment is beautiful and the neighbourhood is a lot of fun to explore with kids.
Keith and Valerie were wonderful! They followed up with me several times before staying, and answered all my questions in a timely manner. The listing looks just like the photos; very quaint decor and lots of natural light. The space was clean and spacious. I stayed here with four of my friends the weekend of my wedding. The only difficulty we had was having so many girls have to share a small bathroom. The plugins and mirrors were in awkward spaces so there really weren't other areas to do hair or makeup. But that small inconvenience was certainly worth it to stay at the house! I would most certainly stay here again.
Thanks for the feedback Melinda! You are right, we should specify our expectations. Guests usually use their own discretion when cleaning up. Your friends did a great job. We don't expect any laundering of sheets. Stripping the beds was super helpful but not necessary. Generally, tidying up messes, and leaving dishes washed is appreciated. Also, we are sorry the outlets were inconveniently located for your purposes. No need to be timid, we would have been happy to bring up a make-up mirror or extension cords. Again, congratulations on your wedding!
We loved the apartment and the quiet neighborhood. Everything fully met our expectations. Keith gave us a warm welcome and we felt home from the start. Oak Park is worth a visit in itself but great downtown Chicago is only a 30min train ride away.
Our stay in Chicago was spectacular ! The hosts were always attentive to what we needed and the house is such that what you see in pictures . Very comfortable and spacious. We are very glad we went , and hoping to return at some point .
Nuestra estadía en Chicago fue espectacular! Los anfitriones siempre estuvieron atentos a lo que necesitabamos y la casa es tal cual lo que se ve en imagenes. Muy comoda y espaciosa. Estamos muy contentos de haber ido, y esperando volver en algun momento.
My family and I spent 10 great days at Keith and Valerie's. They gave us all the privacy we needed and the house was comfortable and pleasant. The pictures are very reliable, one of the bedrooms is actually bigger than displayed by the image! Oak Park is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay and only 30 minutes away from Chicago. "Home away from home" is a nice opportunity to experience both the tranquility of a suburban area and the excitement of a big city. I surely recommend!
About the Host, Keith And Valerie
Welcome to our site! I am Keith and my wife is Valerie. We have lived in the Chicago area for over 28 years and in Oak Park for the last 14 years. I am an architect working in Chicago and Valerie homeschools our kids and loves to cook and entertain friends. As a family, we love to ride bikes, listen to live music, and enjoy the parks and restaurants in our community.
We would love to have you stay in our newly furnished comfortable apartment. You'll love our quiet residential street and we are close to some nice amenities including a wonderful sushi restaurant which is just a couple of blocks away (the family favorite!). We welcome you to enjoy some peace and quiet and hope we can make your stay as enjoyable as possible.