Chicago Fashion Designer's Apt! :D

Apartment - Private room · North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, United States

The Space

Come Stay with me and my roommate in my awesome Uptown neighborhood place!!!

I'm a fashion designer and painter and my apartment is my creative sanctuary!

Please note that all reviews previous to March 2014 are from a previous set up in this apartment that was very different. the room is now private with a locking door and the bed is a real, full sized bed.

And this beach is a gorgeous, well kept secret!!! Enjoyed by locals and never crowded! Shhh! Don't tell the tourists!!

There are three amazing, very friendly cats present!
I keep the floors and furniture as clean of hair as possible but be warned! If you snuggle or pet the kitties, you will need to bring a lint roller!

The bed is a full sized bed in the second bedroom with a lovely window to the courtyard from the 3rd floor
Bathroom is just across the hall, FREE LAUNDRY, Towels provided!
Kitchen is fully equipped and totally free for you to use as you please!
Deck is great for smoke breaks!
Tv in the living room has local channels, news, and netflix!
Dining table to have proper breakfast at!
All rooms are cheerful, full of natural light and have hard floors!

Downstairs door locks as well as my apartment door so building is super safe and quiet! only 3 floors so not tons of people coming through but super nice neighbors who don't mind noise nor make much!

You would get your own set of keys so you can come and go as you please!
If you love cuddly kitties, this is the place to stay!!

Guest Access

seperate key
washer and dryer

Interaction with Guests

as much or as little as you'd like! ask me anything about the city. im in the other bedroom!
cheerful and love going out with my Airbnb friends! Been doing this for 2 great years!

The Neighborhood

SURROUNDED by awesome authentic asian food options (More authentic than Chinatown! Best Chinese, Thai, AND Vietnamese!!!), corner stores, grocery stores, nail salons, beauty shops, boutiques, bars of all kinds, galleries, cafes, delis and smoke shops!

The Hopleaf, 2 blocks away on Clark St, is my favorite bar and has OVER 60 Belgian import beers on tap and fantastic Belgian cuisine! No tv's and super cool neighborhood friendly feel! Love this place!!!

10 minutes from Lincoln Park Zoo,

2 blocks from the ARAGON BALLROOM, and historic Uptown and Riviera theatres on Broadway, beaaauuutiful examples of 20's theatre and architecture history from when Uptown was the entertainment center of the city and compared to New York City!

Just South of the Uptown theatre is the Green Mill, Al Capone's favorite speakeasy during prohibition! The secret passages out of the basement of the bar are still there! Ask to see the scrapbook behind the bar! It stays vibrant today with some of the city's best Jazz and poetry slams on Sundays!

Looking for authentic Ethiopian cuisine and art?! Award winning Demera Ethiopian is around the corner!

Big Chick's is the melting pot of Uptown, 1 block East, the owner named the place for her nickname backpacking in India and it's a great fun spot for gays, lesbians, straights, regulars and anyone looking for a good night of small bar fun! Free buffet on Sundays!

Like I said, super awesome neighborhood! Best Spot in Chicago!!!
Safe, Friendly, fun, and above all, AFFORDABLE! lol

Getting around

EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE PARKING across the street! $8 a day!
Only 20 minute train ride or 15 minute bus ride from Downtown Chicago Loop

Other Things to Note



Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $352 /week
Monthly Price: $998 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The reservation was canceled 4 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    December 2013
  • Ideal location: right off the L., close to everything, great neighborhood. Superb host: helpful, friendly charming. Good Accommodation: Spacious, quiet and comfortable. Definitely would stay there again.

    October 2013
  • As it was my first time to the US, Lauren was very accommodating in helping me plan my free time with events and things for us to do together as we found we have the same interests. Although my work schedule did get in the way of us doing these things, I appreciated her offering and thought she was a super nice person. Also, I had a few great chats with her housemate Simon who was also very accommodating as a host too and found them both to be really lovely people.

    I spent 6 nights at Laurens place and I was disappointed with the cleanliness of the apartment. I always knew there were cats but I didnt realise how much of an issue the hair would be, especially as I needed to be going to work everyday in my formal clothes so I had to leave my clothes folded in my cases to avoid getting hair on them. Also, I wasn't aware I would be sleeping in Lauren's room and work studio which meant I had no storage or space to ever unpack anything because there were a lot of tables or work stations in the way so in essence I had a bed and floor space to leave my cases and that was that. I also didnt eat very much at the apartment mainly because I ate out a lot at events but the kitchen wasnt very inviting in any regard as the fridge smelt awful and made the apartment smell very off too. The bathroom could've done with a quick spritz to make it feel more welcoming for guests and Lauren advised I didn't waste room in my case bringing towels as they would be available but I didn't get one until the following day after I arrived in the evening so I couldn't shower the first morning. She did apologise and It wasn't her fault; but it's just my fault for not taking a towel. Lastly, I didn't ever feel I could unwind in the lounge area because of the cats; although they are very sweet and cuddly, they leave a whirlwind of fur behind. I am not ordinarily allergic to cats but by the end of the week my eyes were red and itchy and I think this was from them sleeping on the pillows.

    All in all I really enjoyed Lauren & SImons company and think they're really great. The location of the apartment was good because it was very near the train and bus stations. However, in the future I think the apartment could be more guest ready to make the stay more comfortable.

    September 2013
  • The apartment was great, good location, nice neighborhood and Lauren was super nice. Recommended!!

    September 2013
  • Nice apartment with great loving cats. The area is a nice area and parking is right in front of the building which was great.

    September 2013
  • Lauren was fantastic and her apt was super convenient for my trip. I would highly recommend her place.

    August 2013
  • I loved staying in a causy place with The cats. Little Cat, Murphy and Connors. Great base for my fav bar Big Chicks, around The corner. And: 1 minute from red line train.

    August 2013
  • Location was great: close to a train stop, walking distance to some of the best asian restaurants we've been to, the beach only a few blocks away, yummy pastry shop around corner, asian grocery for my asian snacks. There was free street parking which was a plus for us (pay parking across the street was one of the cheapest in town). Apartment was awesome for us: kitchen to use, locking bedroom, and laundry inside the apartment which was another plus. Our host Lauren was friendly but super busy. We had the apartment mostly to ourself. We had really informative and engaging conversations when we got to see her. Her cats were friendly and adorable as well. Thanks Lauren. We really enjoyed our stay.

    August 2013
  • Lauren was a very kind host who gave up her own bed to my partner and me for our one-night stay. THE CATS WERE THE BEST THING. They will cuddle you. The apartment was clean and well-decorated, and we had everything we needed efficiently--keys, shower, towels, fridge access, access to kittie cats. There was free parking outside when the space permitted (score!), and the neighborhood is located in a South East Asian district, so we got some bubble tea and great Vietnamese food. And Lauren even brought us a breakfast bun in the morning from a nearby bakery! She's great, her cats are the best, stay here! I'd call this overall a "best value."

    July 2013
  • Lauren was a wonderful hostess! I was made to feel at home and she was incredibly helpful to me as I tried to navigate her nieghborhood - which was also wonderful!

    July 2013
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Hi! First of all, I'd just like to welcome you into my home! I host on Airbnb because I have always loved to read stories about distant places and times and I really like the idea of taking in a weary traveler. Second, due to recent Airbnb events, I feel that if your interests are anything but honest, you should know that I keep a softball bat by my bed and I, after having played for 12 years, I am quite adept at using it! But if you don't want to hurt me or rob me, then you don't need to worry about that! Lol! I'm a 22 year old Fashion Design and Marketing assistant and as a designer my personal focus is Historical and Costume design for film and theatre! I also do custom work and alterations, and fashion illustration! I started Airbnb at my place downtown in the loop and did that for 2 years and loved it! I've moved to a new place that is MUCH bigger in Uptown and totally love it here! IM CLOSE TO THE BEACH!!! lol You'll love it too! I grew up in many places and traveled a lot, but spent more time than anywhere else growing up in Sicily, Italy, which is also where my family is from! I consider it my only true home but Chicago is making for a close second! I love playing sports, painting, sewing, eating, reading, movies, going to plays, operettas, operas and musicals, and a million other things! My catch phrase: wanna see something cool? I also love my awesome super friendly cats! Baby Kitty lives here with me along with The Macmanus brothers (from Boondock Saints lol) Connor and Murphy, twin kittens! Anyway, being a traveler myself, I feel that I know how best to make your stay enjoyable! I live my life by these words: Work hard, Play hard! and this way I feel I get the most out of life!
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