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!
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.
I met nice people there but i paid 66 euros for one night and that was completly overpriced given the situation (woke up around 8am because of renovation in the house).And i barely had space in the room to put my luggage.
APPALLING LOCATION. DO NOT STAY HERE.
The "room" was actually a mattress squished into three walls, so small that our feet touched the other end. It was disgusting: we found DIRTY UNDERWEAR at the head of our bed, the floors were dirty and the sheets were not washed (we found hair, fluff, dirt and stains). The bedside table had also not been wiped down. The electricity cables ran under our bed (perfect situation to catch alight), and was blamed on the fact that the building was 'old'. The rest of the tiny apartment was also unclean, so much so that neither myself or my partner felt comfortable showering there (after more than 13 hours sightseeing). Lorie's partner, Mike was there and did greet us at the late hour we arrived. Yet when we told him about the underwear he tried to blame it on the cleaner (how is that even possible?!); a cleaner which we later found out was a live-in resident! He told us that we wouldn't find a better room, saying "after all, this is Chicago"!! He tried to brush all of our issues off, saying it was an old building, that the sheets were in fact clean (despite the pictures of stains, dirt, hair and fluff we had to prove him wrong) and was unwilling to help us resolve the situation. He was unwilling to help...we actually messaged Lorie who sent a the live-in resident. Mike argued with us when we said the picture was not as shown (since you can't actually see the bed being against all three walls) and actually left when the "cleaner" (live-in resident) came to see us at about 2am when we were completely beside ourselves that we couldn't even lay on the sheets/duvet.
We are travelling Canada and North America for 8 weeks, and we do have three suitcases...but we couldn't even fit our BACKPACK into the room, as we would have tripped over it. We did not feel comfortable leaving our belongings in the living room, yet we had to. This room is not worthy of having someone permanently stay there, let alone being paid for.
This room is NOT AS SHOWN in the pictures - in fact, as I am writing this review, I can see that the images of the room have been changed, to show the tiny space and how the bed encapsulates the entire room. Funnily enough, the new pictures do not show the filth that covers the room, sheets and entire apartment, and still makes it seem somewhat clean.
Honestly, the only reason we stayed for the five hours we did was because it was 2:30am by the time Mike had finished arguing with us, and we would not have been able to find another place to stay at that time.
We accommodated Mickaela's 2am checkin time, did everything we could to meet her needs once she arrived.
During the course off all this, she threatened to "destroy us" and said she would "be our worst nightmare". We accept negative feedback along with the positive, but this was over the top.
The room was surprising small, but that's fine if you're expecting it. The new pictures show the layout better. That was fine with me, I just needed a convenient place to base from and it was just that. Like the description says: be ready for some old house quirks.
My stay at the live creatively room was short but great. I absolutely ADORED the neighborhood! I felt like I stopped at every corner to take a picture of all the amazing murals and artwork. I loved taking the train from the 18th street station because I was in awe of all the artwork just in that station. There is an abundance of places to eat around the neighborhood and I wish I could've tried them all. Coming from Southern California where Mexican food is everywhere, I felt right at home with all the delicious eateries nearby. The room I stayed in was clean and comfortable and although small, it was a decent size as I was traveling by myself. Lorie was very responsive and accommodating, even when I was having trouble with the lockbox during self check in late at night. The other hosts I met at the house were super friendly and easygoing too! There was always someone there to help me out. I definitely enjoyed my stay here.
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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.