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.
This listing is for a SINGLE PRIVATE ROOM, NOT the entire apartment. The common areas are shared: living room/eating area, kitchen and bathroom.
**THIS ROOM IS Small, measuring approximately 6ft x 7 ft fitting a full size bed and small side table. Please be aware when booking that the price of the room reflects the size of the room.
Sun-soaked colorful room, suitable for two travelers in a small sunny room.
Full size futon, rich cotton linens, comforters, pillows, fluffy towels are all included in your stay.
Lightning fast internet too! wooot!!
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.
Please note: this is an OLD building, which can be slightly drafty, and not having the newest amenities, however, we feel that adds to the character of the place, and it common in this older neighborhood.
There are nine rooms available for rent in Pilsen Art House, accomodating single, couple, or group travelers. 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 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.
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, (including one directly across the street, you can see if from the front window!), video store (yes, they still have them around here), 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.
My experience is just more than I can put in words. If you are looking for good people with great conversation, opportunity for privacy, and a chance to truly experience Chicago beyond the museums and tourist places, you have to stay here. This has become my home away from home. I can't imagine staying anywhere else but here. So open, welcoming and warm, with a cool edge that says everything I love about the Chi. Mike, Lorie, and the crew are the best hosts. Every time I go, I meet someone new who has so much to share. Folks, this is not just a place to lay your head, it's an experience all in itself. Check out the house, spend time in the neighborhood, be better for it. I love Pilsen Art House...see y'all soon!!!
Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and Pilsen is a great neighborhood. Lorie was attentive and accommodating. This was a nice introduction to the world of airbnb.
the apartment is close to the metro. it is convenient to get to anyplace. the room is a bit small but the living room is big enough. warm and sweet place to stay for traveling :) and the host Lorie is really nice.
I stayed at this B&B for a week. It is something like a youth varicolored hostel in an aged Chicago style building. It reflects the price appropriately. It was OK, but do not expect any breakfast. Be prepared for a tight space and drafty condition. Good access to the public transportation and no problem with parking on the street. Do not be confused with Czech local names (Pilsner, Cermak, Dvorak) as this original settlement is gone.
I had a pleasant stay at this listing and for the price point, I couldn't have asked for more. It is a short walk to the Pink Line train or to the buses, and will take 20-30 minutes to get to The Loop. The room and the apartment heat up well, and everything is functional. I would recommend staying here.
The Pilsen Art House is a unique place; an early 20th century Victorian that is showing its age. The lively art makes it whimsical. It is very affordable, reasonably clean and well kept for a space shared by travelers. The full kitchen makes it easy to prepare coffee and a quick breakfast before going out for the day or tea and something to eat at night. It is a short walk to the Pink line, grocery stores, a Laundromat, great Mexican food, the National Museum of Mexican Art (free and well worth seeing), and a video rental store. It offers Wi-Fi, but it was painfully slow sometimes, fast at others. It was nice being able to exchange conversation with other guests or retire to our room. All guests were very respectful of the common spaces and quiet. Mike is wonderful; he was always available to answer questions and help. It is not a place for the picky traveler. It is a great place if you are looking to save money, do not mind a bit of adventure, and have simple needs. We spent two weeks there and enjoyed the experience.
Lorie's communication was the BEST and the host was incredibly nice, on time, and the place was the absolute cutest - everything from the building front door, to the steps leading to the apt, to the space, to the room; just everything! Loved it and would def stay again!
We stayed with Mike and Ioanna at "Pilsen Art House-Live Creatively" for 7 days, and we did have a great time there. Mike and Ioanna were very friendly, and Mike also provided me many suggestions about our trip in Chicago. The location of the house is really close to the subway, which is also close to the the downtown area, so it's really convenient for us to go anywhere we wanted. Pilsen is a quiet and safe Mexican area although there is few people on the street at night.
Besides, the room we stayed is really TINY with a small heater, which helped us a lot in the cold days we stayed there, so we were not able to put our baggage in our room. Fortunately, Ioanna allowed us to put them in the living room. Also, they provided us an equipped kitchen, where we could make our food by ourselves, and it really made ourselves at home. BTW, staircase to the second floor where our room is is steep and narrow, so people might need to watch their steps to carry their 20+kg baggage up.
In summary, with a nice location, friendly hosts, a cheap price and an equipeed kitchen, we had a great time staying with Mike and Ionna.
Quartiere tranquillo e ottimamente servito per il Loop (centro città). Prezzo molto basso e casa "piena d'estro e arte" MA SPORCA, TRASANDATA E POLVEROSA. Le foto non rendono appieno la reale condizione della casa. Consigliamo solo per il prezzo e la vicinanza alla metro. Per il resto: da turarsi il naso!
I stayed with Lorie and Mike for four nights. Though I never met Lorie I met Mike twice and he was really nice and helpful host. The locatie was a bit outside Chicago but the metro station could be reached within a couple of minutes walk and there is a direct train to downtown that goes quite often (I think every ten minutes or so). The room I stayed in was rather small. Basically it was just a bed and just enough room on the floor so I could store my bag. There was no room for a cupboard, table or anything else but given the price that I payed and also given that I was away all day and only needed a place to sleep it was ok. For someone who wants to stay longer the size of the room ('Live creatively' it was called) will probably be too small but there were also bigger rooms in the house. The house in general was ok with a shared kitchen and bathroom. I never used the kitchen but it looked well equipped. Like the rest of the house the bathroom definitely needed some cleaning and that was a bit of a downside of the house. Also the walls are very thin and it can get quite noisy if there are many people staying in the house. This might be of interest if you are a light sleeper. In general, it served my purposes and I can recommend it for people who want to explore Chicago on a low budget and who only want to stay for a short period of time.