The house is filled with inspiring artwork.Our historical neighborhood of Bronzeville has a rich history.
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Cozy Upstairs Single - Soji

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
1 guest maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

This room is all about comfort, convenience and location at a low price. It has a shelving, a comfy chair, and twin bed. The breeze is very nice up here on the top floor. Soji means: A brief period of mindful work; temple cleaning. And this room is perfect for just that!

The space
Accommodates: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $15
Weekly Discount: 15%
Cancellation: Flexible


The space

This private, single bedroom in our home is dedicated to savvy travelers like you. It has a twin bed, some useful shelving, a breezy window, and a chair. The room is perfect for someone who needs a bed to sleep in, but wants to visit the city on a smaller budget.

Guest access

The shared kitchenette includes a cook top, microwave, waffle iron, a blender, coffee maker and a shared Mini Fridge. We offer a personal, in-house laundry service for $5 a load, (a load is enough to fill a pillowcase).

Interaction with guests

On the day of your arrival, you will receive an entry code combination to the front door, and detailed check-in instructions when the room is ready. Typically, check in is anytime after 5:00PM but we will do our best to check you in earlier if you request it. There is no space for storing bags, so we cannot hold your bags while you are seeing the town. I recommend leaving your bags at a hotel concierge until you're ready to check in. Unfortunately, we just have no room to store them before your room is ready.

Please send all communications via airbnb site so that I can know who you are and which room you're in when we’re communicating. After arriving, if you need more immediate assistance, you can call or text the House Manager, whose number will be provided after your arrival.

The neighborhood

Bronzeville is a mecca of African-American History on Chicago's South Side, just miles south of downtown. Gwendolyn Brooks published poetry in the Chicago Defender, Andrew Rube Foster created Negro League Baseball, and Louis Armstrong kept his trumpet singing at the Sunset Cafe to keep Al Capone off his back.

Long in disrepair, the neighborhood is coming back, with new residents refurbishing historic homes, and with new dining and nightlife scenes beginning to take root. Bronzeville was the site of Chicago's version of the Harlem Renaissance, and was home to many famous African-Americans, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Coleman, Ida B Wells, Andrew Foster, and many more. The neighborhood was from the 1920s to the 1940s one of the premiere centers of African-American culture and was fairly affluent and middle class.

Today, the neighborhood is seeing major community-driven revitalization efforts, mostly by wealthy and entrepreneurial African-Americans who value the neighborhood's historic importance. Martin Luther King's favorite diner, Jesse Owens' gravestone, Harold Washington's old house, and the Obama's wedding reception hall are all here, as are some incredible blues clubs.

Our house, Zen Mansion, is in a location very convenient to the city's center. The neighborhood is safe and quiet, due to the relatively low population density of the district, with the nearest police station only 2 blocks away.

To learn more about our neighborhood, its history, and important historical landmarks, you can read more in the Bronzeville Travel Guide - on wiki travel - Chicago Bronzeville

Getting around

The best things about Chicago are the beaches, museums, architecture, food, and parks. Our location is 10 minutes from the city's center by bus or train. There are two Divvy bike-share stations within 2 blocks of us, and several options for transportation including: Uber, bus, train, taxi cab.

We enjoy helping our guests plan to sightsee, eat, shop and adventure in Chicago - just ask! We're within walking distance to the new 31st street boat harbor as well as to the McCormick Center, White Sox Stadium, the Illinois College of Optometry, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the 31st St Beach.

Within a 2-3 blocks there are several quick-bite options for carry-out food. Chinese food, Bar-B-Cue, Soul Food, Jimmy Johns, Subway, McDonald's and several other carry-outs like Starbucks, McDonalds, KFC, Hong Kong Delight, and Shark's Fish. We are also two train stops away from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The nearest Kinko's/FedEx is located 3 blocks away. Trains are all located at the corner of the block. It's only 10 minutes to the Loop via train or bus. The nearest Police Station is only 2 blocks from our house.

Other things to note

This room is on the top floor, so it's up a flight of stairs. The room has access to 2 full, shared bathrooms.

House Rules

We're looking forward to meeting you! Our easy-to-follow House Rules are posted in each room for easy reference:

1. Upon checking in, please use clean linen from the green basket to make your bed. When checking out, put your used linen in the blue basket.

2. Store your towels in your room, on the racks behind your door. If using a shared bathroom, please take your personal items with you after using it.

3. Remove your trash from your room and place in the trash bin through the rear basement door. Use the white bin in your room for garbage, and the black bin for recycling.

4. Please return the iron and ironing board to the 2nd floor hallway closet when you are finished using them.

5. If you would like a load of laundry washed, you may leave a pillowcase full of your personal laundry outside of your door, to be washed by the house manager. The cost is $5 per load. Otherwise, the washer/dryer is for staff use only.

6. There is no cost to wash bedding and used towels during your stay. Just place those in a pillowcase outside your door as well, if you need those changed while you’re staying with us.

7.Put your name on any items you store in the shared refrigerator.

8.Please clean up after yourself, especially in the kitchen, as there is no housekeeping or janitor here.

9.Kindly turn off the lights when you leave your room.

10.Be careful not to lose your room key, as there is a $30 fee for replacing all the locks, which will be deducted from your Airbnb deposit.

11.Always keep the front door to the house locked for everyone’s safety.

12. Quiet hours in the house are from 10pm - 8am. Please be respectful of your neighbors, they may be studying, relaxing, or sleeping.

13. Upon checking out, please leave the room just as you found it. Please take sheets off the bed, and place in pillowcase with used towels. Put this outside your room before leaving, along with any bagged garbage.

14. The house manager, Sharon, is available by text or phone call,from 8am to 9pm only, unless of an absolute emergency.

Thank you for visiting us. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

3 nights minimum stay

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Chicago, Illinois, United States · Joined in August 2011
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I'm very proud of our very nice Zen Mansion in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. It is near the University of Chicago, IIT, McCormick Place, and all trains, buses, are also within a 5 minute walk.. Parking is free on the street, directly outside of the house. We enjoy making visitors feel comfortable, welcome and confident about traveling around Chicago.

The Mansion was purchased in 2008 and has undergone a complete rehab. We've made our house comfortable for academics and professionals. The location of the house is only one train stop away from the city center and a short walk to the lakefront.

The rooms are perfectly functional and comfortable. Our purpose is to be the best value in Chicago for comfort and convenience.

We intend to be the best value on Airbnb. The rooms are very generous in size at 22' long X 16' wide. They function very well as a suites for sleeping, working or lounging in privacy. Each room has a queen bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, sofa, love seat, chaise lounge, and relaxing art work. Bedding and towels are all included.

This location is safe, with the nearest police station just two blocks away, and we are central to all trains and buses. We are quietly the best kept secret in Chicago and we intend to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. Namaste.

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