About this listing
Bright, clean 1 bdrm with full-sized bed available in cute hood (California + Augusta), w/ bars/restaurants and the Empty Bottle within walking distance. A $15 cab ride to Soldiers Field. Over 2 guests are okay, but its BYOBlankets for the extras :)
Here are the logistics:
-The keys will be in a lockbox in the front, on the side gate. If you go to the front of the building, looking at the building, there will be a side gate on your right. The combo to the lockbox is: 1952
-My unit is the 2nd floor REAR unit.
-The keys are colored-coded:
Green = front side gate and side door into the building*
*The front gate can be difficult to unlock - what you can do is either go through the back parking lot gate, OR unlock the OTHER front gate and lean over and turn the handle of the gate next to it (it'll be clearer when you see it).
Yellow = front door of unit
Orange = back door of unit
Pink = Back parking lot gate
-Please just use the deadbolts on the front and back door of the unit
(people have gotten locked out because of the locks on the door handles).
-When you leave, just put the keys back in the lockbox.
-Your spot in the parking lot is the one farthest from the building, next
to the garbage cans by the fence.
Thanks for booking!
Interaction with guests
I will not be in town. In case of an emergency, you can call:
Diana (my neighbor)
(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
There is no walking option to the train. If you wanted to get to the Loop (Millennium Park, Grant Park, Art Institute, etc), you'd have to take the California bus (about 150 yards from my condo) 1.5 miles north to the Blue Line "California" stop. From there, it's about a 20-25 minute El ride downtown. There are also Divvy bikes a couple blocks away (a bike-share company).
THE DAILY GRIND:
There are a couple small grocery stores within walking distance. Rich's Deli is an Eastern European grocery and deli - very cheap and delicious - about 1/2 mile away. Farmer's Pride Produce is just a little farther (3/4 mile). There's also a Mariano's 1.25 miles away.
Amazing coffee places (3) right on the corner.
GOING OUT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
My place is on the border of Ukrainian Village (which still has many Ukrainians and has an amazing Ukrainian art museum as well as a very beautiful Ukrainian Catholic Basilica) and Humboldt Park (which is Puerto Rican). It is quiet but has lots of unique restaurant and night life places. In terms of restaurants, you can get pierogis and other Eastern European food at a couple of nearby places. Also, just two blocks away is the Paseo Boricua, a 1/2 mile strip with the highest concentration of Puerto Rican restaurants in the country.
In terms of nightlife, on the closest corner (California and Augusta), for instance, there are four bars, including Haywood (cocktails and small but upscale food menu), Rootstock (a wine bar), California Clipper (which often has live music). A little farther away (about 4 blocks or a half mile) is the Empty Bottle, which is also a great venue in the city for live music, and some restaurants/bars. Despite all these options, the neighborhood feels low-key. It's sort of outside the main destinations for bar hopping (Wicker Park and Logan Square have busier strips- each are about 2 miles away).
Humboldt Park, which is a neighborhood but also an actual PARK, is 2 blocks away, and has tennis courts, etc. It's about 1 square mile.