About this listing
A private suite with with its own private entrance on the first floor of a renovated historic single family home in a beautifully maintained historic neighborhood of the city. The neighborhood is residential but within walking distance of many of the cities greatest attractions. The transit station is a block away, and from there, a 10 minute transit ride to downtown (or a 1/2 hour walk along beach from house to downtown). The house is a 5 minute walk to Lincoln Park and the beach.
Stay in a charming private first floor suite with its own private entrance in a restored victorian private home within a well maintained historic district in Chicago. It is often said to be the best location in the city. From the house it's a five minute walk to Lake Michigan and an additional 20 minute walk along the lake front to downtown Chicago. Or you can catch the train at the Sedgwick station, 1 block south, with connections to all points of the city and to both airports. 2 blocks to the east is Wells Street, home to the world famous Second City Comedy Club, along with restaurants, music clubs, pubs, boutiques, and galleries. In the neighborhood you will find beautifully restored historic homes and local pubs that have been here for generations. the 500 SF space has a restored Victorian interior with the original tin walls and ceiling, and a small but modern equipped kitchen and a new bathroom with tub. Coffee and some simple pantry staples will be provided. The living space is an open layout with the queen bed separated from the rest of the living space by an armoire. In the winter months guests may use the gas fire place, but instruction by host is required for use. Air-condtioning is controlled by the guests in the summer from June till fall.
Also provided are Wifi, TV, and guest parking passes for overnight street parking.
There is a private entrance for guests from the outside to their private suite which occupies 500 SF of the first floor of the house. The guest's front door has a keypad lock which will be coded to the guests 4 digit phone number as listed on airbnb.
Interaction with Guests
It is a private space with a private entrance and amenities and as such I give my guests total privacy. The apartment has a keyless entry using a keypad coded lock so there is no key exchange. Depending on arrival time it is possible that I will not meet them during their stay . I make an attempt to meet guest but once they are settled in, I am not persistent. I occupy the part of the house not accessible to guests. I work so I am frequently not at home but I am always reachable by phone and check email often.
Its a designated Historic Landmark neighborhood, with great restaurants and night life near by.
The public transit station to downtown and all other locations is 1 block south. It is the CTA Brown and Purple lines. There is a bike rental stand 1/2 a block away.
Other Things to Note
There is a protected storage area for bikes, but not in the living space. Please let me know in advance if you will bringing or renting bikes that need a safe place.
Please leave the apartment as tidy as you found it and use the coasters provided to protect the wood surfaces within the apartment. No smoking and no under-age drinking (under 21) in apartment. Only the number of guests listed at the time of reservation may spend the night (2 is the legal limit) - no "drop in" overnight guests permitted. Use of the fireplace is for the winter months and requires instruction from host.
I had been working in the visual arts for many years as a designer and art director for a natural history museum where I was constantly learning about how the natural world has evolved. I decided that I also wanted to know more about how the physical world worked and returned to school to become a civil engineer where my designer's tools now include gravity, energy and other forces of nature.