About this listing
A Victorian private first floor apartment in a great location and in a designated historic district. It's a 10 minute transit ride to downtown (or a 1/2 hour walk). Also a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Come stay in a charming private first floor apartment with a private entrance in a restored victorian building within the designated historic landmark district of the Old Town Triangle, which many say is the best location in the city. From the apartment 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 apartment has a restored Victorian interior with the original tin walls and ceiling, and a new modern kitchen and bathroom with a heated floor. Coffee and basic kitchen 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 colder months guests may use the gas fire place, but instruction by host is required for use. Heating and air-condtioning is thermostat controlled by the guests.
Also provided are Wifi, TV, IPOD dock, and guest parking passes for overnight street parking.
Interaction with Guests
It is a private apartment with a private entrance and as such I give my guests total privacy. They also have keyless entry - using a keypad coded lock so there is no key exchange. If the guest does not arrive at at the normal check-in time, it is possible that I will not meet them during their stay. I make an attempt but do not persist or intrude. I live upstairs and will be reachable by email or phone always.
Its a designated Historic Landmark neighborhood, with great restaurants and night life near by.
Public transit to downtown and other locations is 1/2 block away.
Other Things to Note
There is a protected storage area for bikes, but not in the apartment. 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 dependent on instruction from host.
Lynn was a great host! The place is charming and located in a wonderful part of Old Town. Having her place as our home base made visiting Chicago a wonderful experience.
Lynn's studio was perfect for 1 or 2 people looking to experience Old Town :)! It's right around the corner from a ton of delicious restaurants and an close divvy ride to the lake. Lynn gave us a binder with her suggestions (which were very helpful!) and gave us a lot of privacy. My boyfriend and I would no doubt choose to stay here again. Thank you, Lynn!
My experience at Lynn's apartment was great. The place looks just like it does in the photos. It's small but clean and well taken care of. Getting access to the house was very convenient. Lynn was incredibly accommodating and very responsive. The location in the Old Town couldn't be more convenient (just 2 blocks from the Brown line). We absolutely loved the neighborhood and I'd recommend it to anybody looking for a more authentic experience in Chicago.
Lynn's pictures of her place don't do it justice. The apartment is much more charming than the pictures depict. Lynn gave us total privacy which we loved. We definitely will be back.
We loved staying at Lynn’s place. Coming from our quiet home in the Southwest, with starlit skies and lots of living space, the sounds and lights of the city – especially at night – took a bit of getting used to, as did the tiny (though very complete) kitchen that we used each morning to prepare our breakfast. These were minor challenges, however, in a visit that was absolutely perfect in every other way. We discovered during our early conversations with Lynn that we had a number of things in common, so it was a special treat to be able to spend some time – out of mutual desire – visiting with Lynn on the evening we arrived. We also loved the house itself. Built in the early 1890s, and a survivor of the Great Chicago Fire, the first floor of this architecturally fascinating three-story building had high ceilings, gorgeous painted tin ceilings and walls, a beautiful fireplace, original wood floors, and carved oak trim around windows and doors. Lynn had thought carefully about amenities as well, and we had everything we could possibly need: plush towels, great bed linens, hair dryer, nice soaps, a coffee maker with a great variety of coffees, and so on. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, the bathroom was modern and well appointed, the two-person dining table was perfect for our needs, and the living room nicely set up for relaxing after a busy day. I loved the half-sized dishwasher as well as the full-sized appliances. The location was ideal for exploring the city. Situated in a beautiful part of the city and surrounded by wonderful old houses, Lynn’s place was almost directly across from a small – and very popular – neighborhood restaurant called Twin Anchors that we were delighted to find was the setting for one of our favorite Chicago films, Return to Me. The “el” stop was only a block south of us, and it was an easy ride into the heart of downtown; even when the el was closed for two days during our four-day visit, a CTA shuttle bus was available to take us where we needed to go. We walked a lot, enjoying the beautiful weather and nearby access to nice shops; a good local market and deli; Lincoln Park with its extensive system of walking trails and wonderful zoo; the Lake Michigan waterfront; and so on. If you are looking for a modern building and a hotel-like setting, this isn’t for you. But if you like quaint and charming, it’s perfect. We travel quite a bit, and as we were leaving Chicago, my husband said that it was one of the best places we have ever stayed. I agree. We look forward to a return visit sometime soon. Thanks, Lynn.
Absolutely beautifully outfitted apartment in a lovely neighbourhood with great attractions all within easy walking distance--not to mention the lake! We would definitely stay again if we came back to Chicago.
Great place, great host and a great location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lynn provided excellent instructions and shared some invaluable local knowledge which helped everything to go smoothly and really enhanced our experience. Many thanks!
About the Host, Lynn
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.