**Please note, that I can not hold days. My bookings are first-come, first-served basis. **
Since meeting an amazing and wonderful man, I've stopped living in this space and turned it into my studio. I de-cluttered, re-decorated and re-discovered a warm, inviting and artsy space. Since I am not sleeping here, why don't you? Brimming with trinkets and treasures, I have lined the walls with sketches, postcards and bits of ephemera. My hope is that the space will both inspire and welcome travelers to this magical city.
Hidden on a tree-lined side street, the four-story pre-war building features a funky pastel pink portico and is located in the colorful and historic Edgewater neighborhood - once the playground of the wealthy, it is now one of the most dense and diverse areas in the country! Just two blocks from the beach and well-connected to the rest of the city, the area is known for it's lively atmosphere.
My apartment is on the 4th floor. No elevator, sorry. The rooms have high ceilings and large East-facing windows. Just a quick bus-ride away from downtown Chicago and easily accessibly by train, as there's a Red Line stop 2 blocks away. Andersonville is a mere 10 minute walk away, as are restaurants representing every corner of the globe. Mexican, American, Thai, Japanese and Indian on just my block alone. Also - the best board game store for the nerds.
The studio is equipped with a queen-size bed with cozy, 100% cotton sheets. Plenty of blankets for the chilly weather - but the space heats pretty well. Basic toiletries and meticulous housekeeping are included. Being Russian, the space is well-stocked with tea. There is an air mattress available for a third person. Guests are welcome to cook & eat at the folding dining table or use table as work station. Closet for hanging clothes. Iron/Ironing board available as well.
An updated note about internet (as of 3.1) There is no internet, aside from my neighbors' unsecured wifi connection, which is slow but reliable. Since you're travelling, I'd think you're better off sight seeing than watching cat videos. I have tried loaning my tenants an internet hotspot in Feb but ended up with a $400 fee. You're really better off going to a coffee shop, which are noted in my guidebook
Parking, which is a rarity in Chicago, is plentiful in the neighborhood, although I suggest to leave the car parked, or not rent a car. Andersonville, Wrigley/Sox, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Hyde Park, Downtown/Loop, etc are easily accessible - the area offers a multitude of transit options, including express buses within a hundred feet and the 24/7 Red Line.
The building is on a side street and is quiet, aside from general noise in the hallway. If you are a light sleeper you may want to wear earplugs. In the two years I've lived here, I found the area to be very safe.
Smoking is not allowed in the studio & will incur a fine. Me being Russian, there is plenty of tea for guests.
Directions, suggestions and strong opinions offered freely to all guests. Just ask!
Guests have full access to the studio and it's amenities.
I meet most of my tenants to hand them the keys. The guests can leave the keys in the apartment for me to pick up later.
Edgewater is historic, diverse and charming. With the lake and the subway a block away, it's an exceptionally well-connected area of the city.
There are many diverse shops and restaurants. Don't miss the Vietnamese stores on Argyle and the vibrant commercial strip of Andersonville, 4 blocks west on Clark St. Also Little India is a little north and west as well for the truly adventurous.
The Bryn Mawr EL stop is one block away. The 147 express bus runs on Sheridan and whisks you to downtown in 20 minutes.
The Peterson, Sheridan (151) and Broadway (36) buses are also nearby to take you all across the city
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$30 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$375 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1400 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
Very communicative during the booking and very helpful and pleasant when getting the key. Cute place in great location. Thank you!
Vitaliy provided a perfect place for my partner and I to stay while visiting Chicago. The studio was conveniently located, well kept, and Vitaliy provided those items that are incredibly annoying to travel with (e.g., toothpaste, shampoo, and towels). After long days visiting with friends, the studio was a comfortable and quiet place to return for a few hours of shuteye before heading out again in the morning. On top of all that, Vitaliy was incredibly flexible with our ever-changing ETA. We would stay in Vitaliy's studio again in a heartbeat.
Our stay at Vitaliy's was excellent! He is a very caring and accommodating host, who really goes out of his way to make sure his guests have a great time in Chicago! The apartment is perfect, location is convenient, and I highly recommend him/his apartment! Thank you, Vitaliy!
Sadik and I really enjoyed our stay at Vitaliy's wonderful little apartment! It was toasty and cozy and colorful, which was a good change after a long day in downtown Chicago!
The apartment is very conveniently located, close to transportation and a fairly short train ride to downtown Chicago. I spent the day at the art institute (vitaliys's suggestion! ) and it was lovely! There are also little shops and restaurants near the apartment, we went to dinner at Little India the first night and were pleased.
If Sadik and I find ourselves back in Chicago we hope that Vitaliy's apartment is available!!
Sorry for the late review, however our stay at Vitaliy's apartment was wonderful! Very cozy and comfortable; also, being an artist myself, the fact that his apartment is filled with art and unique decor, made me feel right at home! It's also conveniently located in a great area with plenty to do and see, plus it's just a couple blocks away from public transportation. I highly recommend his place to anyone planning to visit Chicago!
Had a great time in Chicago at Vitaliy's apt. Perfect location to transportation, apt. was everything I needed cozy and clean...would rebook again.
It's obvious from the very first interaction with Vitaliy, that he really cares about your experience. He is quick with his responses and goes out of his way to ensure that you will have everything you need to have a wonderful visit/stay in Chicago. I'm certain that if we lived in Chicago we would love to be friends with this fella. Our stay was wonderful. The studio apartment was stocked with everything you could ever want. (from towels, hairdryer etc. and even a first aid kit!) I think he has thought of everything. We highly recommend Vitaliy as a host for your next stay in Chicago. Thank you, Vitaliy!
We arrived to Chicago late at night. Vitaly was friendly and suggested a couple of good places to see. His apartment is very cozy. I strongly recommend this place for young couples and those, who loves art (his room reminds of a small gallery!). The place was warm and quiet, although the weather was terrible! Being Russian, we loved his collection of tea. Thank you, Vitaly!
Great experience. Vitaliy was super nice and hospitable. The space had everything we needed and was clean and well-maintained.The houseplants and charming accents throughout the space really made our visit seem more enjoyable and delightful. Would recommend to anyone and would definitely book again if I had another chance.
Vitaliy's place is great! It's very confortable and we really enjoy our stay there! The neighbour is quiet and really pretty!!
Thank you Vitaliy for letting us stay at your apartment! I absolutely recomend it!