Our home serves as a temporary residence for many different musicians, artists, academics, & business people. We aim to have everybody arrive in our home a visitor, but leave as a friend.
In fact, what makes our house unique is that we have now served as hosts to people from all over the world and sometime at the same time. We started doing this when I took a job as the Midwest Coordinator for an International High School Student Exchange Program and got to know how easy it was meeting people from around the world. Since then, and hosting many Northwestern Graduate Students working on their PhD or Masters in our home, our friends have taken to calling our house the Gertrude Stein Home of Evanston, which I take as a compliment. They explain this by saying, each time they meet someone at our home, they know they are going to learn something new. They also have said that they have been impressed to see that not only are these people living in our home, but they can see that they have become our friends. And, they love the comeradie they feel which eminates from our home. If only we could bottle that and sell it to the world, eh?
Evanston is home to Northwestern University and boasts tree-lined lakefront paths for biking/jogging, a vibrant shopping district, dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants, live music venues, movie theaters and more. Northwestern, and the lakefront, are less than 10 minutes from our home.
Being located, just 1 block from the train, we are extremely well-located for university students, not only of Northwestern U., but also Loyola Univ., Northeastern Univ. & DePaul Univ.
Evanston is home to Northwestern University, which was voted #4 in a recent poll concerning the most walkable campuses. The only university towns voted more walkable were:
1. Cambridge, MA Walk Score 87 (Harvard University and MIT)
2. Berkeley, CA Walk Score 79 (University of California at Berkeley)
3. Providence, RI Walk Score 76 (Brown University)
4. Evanston, IL Walk Score 74 (Northwestern University
Our home, built in 1888, is located in the Evanston Lakefront Historic District. Although our home is vintage, it has all of the modern amenities a person needs for our 21st century lifestyles. We have central air and heat, cable TV and wireless internet everywhere in the house and yard.
It is one block away from a Whole Foods, and has a Trader Joe's as well as a Starbucks Coffee & Sushi Bar, just behind our house. Our home is located just 3 blocks west of Lake Michigan and a block east of the train to downtown Chicago, which is approximately 25 minutes away. If you have kids, we also have a play lot across the street and several along the lakefront.
We also have 2 little white/black toy fox terrier dogs that our guests enjoy very much. They have always been great at making friends w/ people. Recently, we had two young men with us. A young German man from Wiesbaden who had never had a dog before. 6 months later, he was so in love with these pupettes, that I think, if he would have tried to take one more picture on his phone, it might have exploded! haaaa. Then there was Yuong (Tony) Liu, from China. He also had never had a dog and at first was very frightened of dogs. He would walk towards them and if they started to approach him, he would turn on his heels and walk very fast the other way. Well after some coaching, Tony, too fell in love w/ these two little harmless pupettes. The worse these two can do is shed some of that white fur on you, which I'm always trying to control, but....
Because I am a writer, I work out of our home, and will always be available to answer any questions you may have that come up. Questions, such as how to use something in the house or about our local area. We do serve morning coffee and in each bedroom, there is a refrigerator, so you can shop and make your meals at will in our kitchen. We do have a large, bright kitchen that people like to hang in. Everyone is free to use all our kitchen appliances as long as they clean up after themselves. I will be happy to show you where things are stored. Also, in each bedroom there is a desk for your laptop where you can do you work if necessary. Guest are free to work just about anywhere they wish in the house (the glory of Wi-Fi) whether in the first floor since the living room is a pleasant room to work in with lots of light, or the kitchen,family room, screened in back porch or the outside patio.
Also, we have a free laundry facility on the second floor for small loads of laundry or you can use the basement laundry facility for your larger loads of laundry.
Our neighborhood is great for walking along the lake, looking at the historical older homes in the neighborhood, or riding a bike along the lake, which can be rented at a nearby bike shop.
We are located just south of the NU campus and east of the train to go to downtown Chicago. Once you are at our home, you really won't have the need to use a car because most things are just a short few blocks walk away, only some of which will require a car. And, there is free car parking on the streets near our home.
Here are some things near by that might interest you:
The Evanston Summertime Outdoor Concerts Along the Lake & the Lagoon (Davis St)
The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds in nearby Highland Park,
The Chicago Botanic Garden,
Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out our door.
The Evanston Yoga studios,
The Block Art museum,
Evanston Public library on the NU campus.
The Chicago Institute of Music featuring daily concerts and workshops, which is on Chicago Ave. & Grove (website hidden): PUBLIC TRANSIT
We are located just south of the NU campus and east of the El. You can also take the Davis or Main Street METRA line to the Loop. Either system will get you downtown quickly and easily. Though you’re unlikely to need a car if you’re staying locally or traveling around town, an off-street parking spot is also available. Zipcars are located only two blocks away.
FROM O'HARE AIRPORT
You can take the PACE 250 bus from the Kiss and Fly lot to Davis Street in downtown Evanston for $1.75. Cab fare from the airport is straight metered and runs approximately $38 to Evanston.
FROM MIDWAY AIRPORT
Take the Orange line to downtown Chicago. The station is in the airport. Transfer at Roosevelt Road during non-rush hour and take the Red line to Howard St, where you'll transfer to the Purple Line to Dempster Street in Evanston. If you are arriving during rush hours (5:20–9:30am or 3-7:30p), you can stay on the Orange line to Washington and Wells and transfer there for an express Purple line to Dempster. Again, economic, but it will take some time. FYI... A cab along Lake Shore Drive through Chicago to Evanston will run approximately $55.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU!
Guests are fee to cook in our well-appointed kitchen as long as they clean up after themselves.
Guests also have access to our laundry facility on the 2nd floor, free of charge!
Guests have access to our backyard patio and may use the grill, as long as they clean after themselves.
Guests are free to use our 3 season screened-in back porch, to work from, as a reading space, or as a place to meditate.
Interaction with Guests
Upon your arrival, we will introduce ourselves and our home to you, and make ourselves available to answer all of your questions.
We live in our home, so somebody will always be present to answer questions you may have about your living space, as well as the neighborhood.
We interact with our guests as ever much as they may wish. If somebody doesn't feel much like talking...no problem because we both are extremely perceptive & promise not to direct mindless chatter at you!
Our neighborhood is eclectic, although it has become more & more gentrified due to its fantastic location near almost everything a person could desire.
We have very convenient public transit to Chicago, which is 30 minutes away on the express trains.
You can also reach us from O'Hare airport by either taking a taxi that would cost between approx. $28 & $35, or catching the CTA 250 bus to downtown Evanston for only $1.75. To find where to catch this bus, please ask an airport employee to point you in the right direction. The bus trip takes approx. 1 hour and it will leave you off approx. 4 blks from our home.
Other Things to Note
If you enjoy swimming, please remember to bring your swimwear if your visit coincides with the summer. Lake Michigan is only about 4 blks east of our home, and in the summer months, our beaches provide Lifeguards.
Everybody is required to please respect each other as well as respect everybody's property. If ever there is any question about something, please don't hesitate to ask. We are always pleased to explain why!
The house and the neighborhood are really lovely, the room was charming and clean. I was In Evanston for a conference at NW University and could reach the venue in ten minutes walking. Sue and her husband are very kind and friendly. In the end a wonderful staying.
I booked this room for a friend and colleague visiting from Europe for 7 weeks. She loved it! She tells me Sue and her husband are fantastic hosts, the house is gorgeous, and the neighborhood is great. Thanks so much for making her feel so welcome.
Most gracious people, the most beautiful home and close to the lake, Northwestern and great food.
I love this house, especially Blue & Gold rooms.^^ I stayed here for two months. Somebody who wants to stay cozy room which is so calm, beautiful, and comfortable... etc. has to select here, Sue & Tim ’s house. I highly recommend all of travelers. Never regret your choice.
日本人のために: 本当に良い家です.^^ ブルールームとゴールドルームで２ヶ月間暮しました. また行って暮したいですね. エバンストンに旅行をする方々にお勧めします. 必ず選択して見てください.
한국분들에게: 정말 멋진 집이에요. 나중에 또 돌아가서 살고 싶네요.^^ 두 달간 지내면서 만족스러웠어요. 진심으로 추천합니다. 집주인 ‘수랑 팀’도 정말 좋은 분들이었구요.
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Sue Schell: My life is about relationships. I love to cook, sing, talk,watch films, listen to classical music, write, read biographies, nonfiction and historical fiction books, travel, laughing with people.
I love animals, especially dogs and horses and have found I should never discount any animal when it comes to having a personality.
My two favorite life motos are, "By Giving We Receive"and "Carpe Diem!"
Sue & Tim :
" We have loved becoming a part of AirBnB because it brings the world to our door. We love that one week we can be talking with a French family of 4, the next week we're hosting a young professional man from Germany than a husband and wife from some other part of the world. It is truly a magnificent thing that feels safe for everyone, the travelers and the hosts!"
It has been our experience that people who enjoy using AirBnB are quite intellectually curious and a worldly sort of person, who enjoy being in someone's home much more than in some impersonal hotel room. Also, they enjoy saving the money that a stay in an AirBnB room has to offer. WE ARE BIG FANS of AIRBNB!