About this listing
Welcome to the Pilsen Art House! We offer private room rentals in an eclectic, colorful and vibrant neighborhood in Chicago. Please read on to learn more about this listing. PLEASE NOTE: This is a PRIVATE room rental, NOT an entire apt for rent.
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This listing is for a SINGLE PRIVATE ROOM, NOT THE ENTIRE APARTMENT. Do note also that THIS ROOM IS Small, measuring approximately 6ft x 7 ft (1.8mx2.1m) fitting a queen size bed and small side table. PLEASE be aware when booking that the price of the room reflects the size of the room and that very large bags will probably not fit.
We provide linens for the bed and towels. There is a window in this room with an a/c unit.
The common areas are shared: living room/eating area, kitchen and bathroom. You would be renting ONE private bedroom in an apt with two other private room rentals.
Awesome artist building in Pilsen, directly next door to the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Harrison Park!
The vibe of the Pilsen Art House is similar to a hostel, but with ONLY private rooms! You will have the opportunity to meet other travelers if you desire, or have as much privacy as you desire.
*** PLEASE NOTE: Lorie and Mike do not live here full time, but we have live in hosts and provide lots of helpful info and awesome advice on what to see and do in the city. **
**THE Pilsen Art House is an OLD building, with lots of quirks/(we call character and charm), but is wonderfully welcoming, safe and fun.
We find that guests who enjoy staying with us are those that truly enjoy interacting with other guests. So don't be afraid to chat with your flat mate, share a story, grab a meal together, explore our wonderful city together, if you're inclined. Certainly, guests can have as much privacy as they like, but be aware when booking there are many guests who come and go so if you seek a place with no other people around, this would not be a good fit for you. If you are seeking a quieter floor, we recommend the second or third floor (the first floor tends to be busier, as its our host floor and in general tends to be busier). We are also very happy to bring guests out with us when we are able.
We are always adding new art to our building, so it wont be unusual to see an artist painting away on any given day in the living room, kitchen, or hallway.
THis room is on the second floor with no elevator (stairs only).
Lightning fast internet too! wooot!!
No breakfast is offered at the art house.
Old Czech style buidling, typical of the area from years back when the now mostly Hispanic neighborhood, was primarily Czech.The very high ceilings gives the apt a lofted appearance, large windows, small, basic kitchen and color, color, color abounds in the Pilsen Art House.
NOTE ON KEY RETURN: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE RETURN KEYS.
The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, coffee maker, blender, kettle, pots, pans, dishes, etc. As our guest, you are invited to use anything you need.
We offer three floors of private rooms in the Pilsen Art House. Each floor houses an apt with three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/eating area and living room. Each room is colorful, cozy, inviting, and very comfortable and private. Murals painted on all the walls make it fun, whimsical, and good conversation piece.
The neighborhood of Pilsen, is directly west of downtown Chicago, accessible via Pink line, which is two short blocks away. It will take you to all the attractions of downtown Chicago in less than 10 minutes! Pilsen itself is an interesting, dynamic, and magnetic neighborhood in it's own rite...full of artists, murals painted on sides of buildings, coffee houses, galleries, bakeries, vintage stores, mexican candy shops, and the National Museum of Mexican Art is right next door and FREE!!!
Pilsen Art House is a short walk to 15 restaurants, Harrison Park with indoor pool, baseball field, soccer field and basketball courts,
Mike and I are very familiar with the city, and are happy to give you suggestions/advise on how to be a savvy visitor in Chicago with tips on cheap (but delicious) eats, discount days at museums, free festivals in the summer, etc.
***PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO PETS AT THIS LOCATION** . We have lots of reviews for our Oak Park home that does have pets, but not in the Pilsen Art House.
Pilsen Art House guests have access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and back garden (ask us to show you how to access the garden!).
Interaction with Guests
We like to allow guest their privacy if desired, but we are always accessible via text/phone. There is plenty of opportunity to meet other travelers while staying at the Pilsen Art House, Colorwheel apt, or the Funky Bunkhouse. We often host get togethers in the garden which is fully accessible to all guests.
We are a 5 minute walk to the Pink Line train, # 50 Damen Bus, #9 Ashland Bus, and #21 Cermak Bus.
We also have a wonderful hosts who offers airport pick ups for $35 one way from either Midway or Ohare. If you choose to hire him, we will pass on his contact info after booking.
Other Things to Note
We offer self check in on all floors so you can arrive at your convenience. I will be in touch before your arrival date to send you lockbox info and specific directions on how to find your room, etc. We are also in and out throughout the day, and our hosts are always around as well on the first floor. I will give you everyones cell number so you can always reach one of us.
Please be courteous and mindful of noise when entering and leaving the building. We kindly request quiet hours of 10pm -10am.
There is no smoking of any sort in the Pilsen Art House. Thanks!
I never met Lorie, but she was very available by phone and email and made sure I had all the information I needed to find the place and check in.
The apartment is in a shadier part of Chicago and unfortunately it was very loud all night (it was a Saturday and there was music blasting all night). It was also extremely hot and the AC is super loud so not ideal.
If you're looking for a budget stay while in Chicago, and don't mind the above discomforts, then go for it!
The room was like described on the web-site: small but cozy. The shower was very bad: water leaking from the sealing and bad construction of the shower.
Dans le quartier mexicain, une chambre colorée et confortable dans un appartement vivant. Bon rapport qualité/prix
I had a great stay at the Pilsen Art House. I was in town for a music festival at Union Park and the location couldn't have been better. It's a 2 minute walk from the 18th street station and the park was only two stops away on the Pink Line. Lorie was very friendly and accommodating to requests via PM prior to the stay, and the room was clean and exactly as described. It's a small room. Just know that going in. However, there are shared amenities such as a kitchen, spacious living space and wifi, and . There's plenty of street parking around the house. That said, there is an elementary school next door, and you may want to keep this in mind and plan your arrival so that it doesn't coincide with pickup times in the morning or afternoon (when parking is considerably more difficult).
There's a great vibe at the Art House, and you never know what's going to happen. The first night of my two night stay featured a really fun party with live music out back, during which I got a chance to meet Lorie who couldn't have been nicer. Pilsen is a unique neighborhood, with lots of great Latin cuisine, a couple of nice coffee shops, and a Mexican grocery selling fresh produce on the sidewalk. Overall, for what was initially a last second budget rooming option, this was a great stay for me and I felt lucky to have stumbled upon it. It's a great jumping off point for an adventure in Chicago.
Our stay was amazing and Lorie and Mike could not have been more accommodating hosts. I rented this and another room for myself, my children, and my parents. Everyone was comfortable and happy. The Pilsen neighborhood is full of awesome families, great park and I felt very safe allowing my teenagers to go explore on their own. Easy access to downtown on the Pink line, but far enough away to have the quiet of a neighborhood. Highly recommend you check this place out!!! Thanks Lorie, Mike, and JP!!
This was my second stay at the Art House, this time on the second floor, which is smarter than the third. The room is as advertised - it's small! But perfect if you just need a place to crash and sleep. There's a bohemian/couchsurfy/hostel vibe to this place which makes it a good place to stay if you're travelling alone. Lorie and the live-in hosts are super-welcoming, inclusive, and there seems to always be something going on you can join in with to meet people. The facilities are pretty basic, but it's a cool, lo-fi place to stay, and in a great neighbourhood of Chicago.
The room was smaller than the pictures depict it to be. There was no space at all for our luggage (and we had very small carry-on luggages!) to fit into the room and had to place our belongings in the living room which is a shared space.
The listing said that there was going to be air conditioning, but when we went there, the air conditioner was not installed so we had to sleep in a sweltering heat for one night. It was very hot and uncomfortable and we did not have a good night's rest. We informed the host about the lack of air conditioning and they installed a portable air conditioner. However the air conditioner made loud sounds that sounded like a helicopter was in our room resulting in another night of uncomfortable sleep, this time due to the sound. It was so loud and we had such trouble falling asleep that we turned the air conditioner off and once again slept in an uncomfortable heat. Overall, we feel like the price of the room does not match the quality of the experience. We could have gotten a more comfortable place if we paid a little more and was disappointed with this booking. We will certainly not choose this place to stay again if we came back to Chicago.
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About the Host, Lorie
Hello everyone! It's Lorie, Mike, Holden and Kyle.
We are a unique family unit who loves traveling, meeting new people, and doing as many interesting things as we can. We started Airbnb'ing after years of Couchsurfing experience, so we know how to make a guest feel at home!
We have two properties now: my Oak Park home, and our place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
If you do choose to stay with us, we will ensure you are well oriented to the city and know how to get wherever you need to go. We are also very active in the city, so if you're here to see Chicago, we can give you information on where to go to experience art, music, culture, parties, fun events, festivals, and anything else this fine city has to offer.
Look forward to meeting you.