About this listing
This private, cozy little studio is a perfect home away from home. Full kitchen for your use. Centrally located only steps from the Damen Brown line. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, there's something for everyone in this Chicago haven.
The bed is even comfier than it looks and comes with its own view of the Chicago skyline- albeit in photo form.
Formerly Ellenkate's apartment before she and Tim moved in together, the space is a sanctuary in the heart of the busy city. Let this bright and cozy studio introduce you to Chicago's quiet side. Large windows let in sunshine through the trees outside, and though the space is small, it's got everything you need to be at home. Our table doubles as a desk to plan your Chicago adventures, or can be pulled out to seat four if you'd rather stay in. Curl up on the loveseat with a book, or enjoy a bath in the cheery and serene bathtub. Up to two people can comfortably stay in the apartment - any more and it's a bit crowded.
The apartment is in a prime location, with the Damen Corridor just outside. A 5 minute stroll to the east will take you to the Lincoln Avenue shops and restaurants, as well as the public square and fountain that gives the neighborhood it's name. To you the south lies Montrose avenue, with it's cluster of shops and bars, and just a few blocks north is the up-and-developing Lawrence Avenue Streetscape. Only a 10 minute bus ride or a 25 minute walk from the hip Andersonville strip, this place is your ticket to the Windy City's hidden gems in all directions. Plus, you're just one block from taking the Brown Line (Damen stop) downtown to all the mainstream sights and scenes Chicago is known for. You never know, though...with so many great restaurants and bars steps outside your Damen doorstep, you might find yourself staying very close to home!
You will be the sole tenant of this private, QUIET apartment - no shared bathroom or other shared space. The building is very quiet, as are the neighbors to either side. The apartment is located on the ground floor - the windows are actually at ground level. Lots of daylight streams in. Occasionally an adorable bunny will take up residence at the base of the tree next to the window.
We have wireless internet so you can stay connected, work, and plan adventures.
The kitchen contains all basic essentials needed to prepare food, with electric coffee maker and french press. If there is something in particular you need, please just let us know and we'll do what we can to make sure it's there for you!
The studio is fully equipped with all the necessities - hair dryer, iron, hangers/closet space, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, and of course, sheets and towels. Please let us know if you will need more than 2 towels, or if you use more than 2, just so we can plan from a laundry perspective. During your stay, if you think of anything that would make it more comfortable, we would love to hear about it!
AltecLansing music dock - will charge iPhones/iPods, but also has an auxilary audio cable so you can plug your laptop or non-Apple product into the speakers.
Full size bed
Plenty of safe, free street parking in the area - often right in front of the building
Coin operated washer/dryers are just across the hall and are available from 8am-10pm
Interaction with Guests
Check in time is somewhat flexible-When you request the space, please include your preferred check in/out times in your initial message and we will do our very best to accommodate them.
Otherwise, it's up to you! The keys are available via lockbox, so you needn't interact with us at all, if you prefer not to, but we love to spend time with guests in the neighborhood!
We won't be present during your stay, of course but will be just a couple of blocks away and available if you need anything at all!
Lincoln Square is located in the mighty 47th ward - the safest ward in all Chicago! Restaurants and shops abound- there's something for everyone! Smack dab between two great parks, and close to public transit, it's the perfect home base from which to explore this great city.
We love the diversity of dining options in the area - and the two great breweries! Walking around the tree lined streets is pleasant and relaxing, and there's always something going on around the corner. Traditionally an older German neighborhood, Lincoln Square holds Mayfest and Oktoberfest each year. There's also Apple Fest and Ribfest - so something for everyone! In the summer, a fantastic farmer's market showcases the best produce in the region, and there are concerts in the square and in the park throughout the summer months.
In winter, there is still plenty to do - an ancient movie theater around the corner will have you thinking you've gone back in time, with $6 tickets before 6pm. Whatever your favorite cuisine is, we can recommend a place to find it! Seriously - within walking distance of the apartment there are many different options, including French, German, Greek, New American, sushi, and multiple gastropubs. Not to mention the two micro-breweries in the neighborhood - great for touring and tasting on cold-weather days.
You won't find any big-box stores in the neighborhood - most everything is a small business with only one location.
You can see the Damen Brown line stop from the front door! And the Damen bus stops right outside.
Or, download Uber on your phone and use referral code w7ojp for up to $30 of rideshare credit.
While there is no dedicated parking, there is plenty of free street parking available around the apartment.
Other Things to Note
The studio is on the ground floor of a four story apartment building.
We love welcoming guests to our home and have fun making it as comfortable and welcoming as possible. However, it is a private residence in an older Chicago building, with all the charm and personality quirks that entails. If you are looking for a boutique hotel experience, you would be happier in a different space.
The big one is the golden one! We want you to feel at home, and to treat and care for the space as if it were your own.
Feel free to cook- just clean up!
No Smoking, No Pets
Laundry room across the hall
Please take the trash out when you leave.
Coffee, tea, condiments and laundry detergent are for sharing- Laundry across the hall.
Lock the door behind you, put the keys back in the lockbox.
We will definitely book another trip and stay at Ellenkate and Tim's place. It was perfect! Absolutely perfect. We loved how comfy the bed was; the bathroom was in great condition; the kitchen was fully functional; the place was clean and cozy. There wasn't a television but we actually embraced the quality time, away from the TV, computer, etc. The dining venues that are walking distance were fantastic. We lived in DC for a while and missed walking everywhere so the fact that we got to experience that again was fun for us. The AC unit was perfect for the space and never felt hot or cold. Nothing to complain about...what a perfect place to stay!!!
Uncomplicated communication, clean, near to public transportation and walkable distance to some nice cafés and shops. Great place to stay, with everything you need.
I had only spent a short day in Chicago before, and this was another short trip, but the apartment was just what we needed, a little cozy studio space--with a comfortable bed!!--in a neighborhood that was fun to explore and just a 30-40 minute trip downtown. Ellenkate and Tim were very easy to reach by text helping with last minute questions and so easy to arrange arrival with that key lockbox! It was very clean but I thought I smelled some mold in the room--it may have been some sort of cleaning products, I'm not sure, it didn't bother my sister but I'm sensitive to it. Just something to be aware of it but we opened the window and got used to it and really enjoyed the stay!
We stayed at Ellenkate's place for a week. It was located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood. Unfortunately, there were works in the apartment which made it really noisy from 9am for half of our stay.
They were fixing radiators in each apartment. It would have been nice to have some warning about that from Ellenkate, instead of having people randomly come into the apartment.
However, the apartment is located close to the train station and lots of options for food. The people in the neighbourhood were lovely and very helpful!
Great, clean space in a fantastic location. Within walking distance to many wonderful spots and really close to the L. Superb recommendations in the hosts Guidebook.
The hosts communicated effectively, the description of the property was accurate, and the neighborhood was well maintained and safe. We had a car load full of camping gear, and parked on the street right outside the apartment with no problems.
This was my first Airbnb experience and it is was everything I needed. Ellenkate and Tim paved the way and made everything smooth and easy. I would have stayed extra days if they were available! I would like to stay here again when visiting my son in Chicago.
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About the Host, Ellenkate And Tim
We're a young couple, and we live on the go. We love grabbing brunch with friends or a late-night beer down the street, and Chicago's the perfect place for us. We love to introduce visitors to this wonderful city! We don't need a whole lot, just fresh mew music, gluten-free food, a place for our bikes, and The West Wing on Netflix.
When we're not staying at our studio, We're usually just a few blocks away. So, we're often in the neighborhood and happy to help with the odd question or request.