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.
We had a great time at Lynn's. Lynn is very thoughtful in the home's layout. There were so many wonderful small details in the interior, we had to take photos for future projects of our own. Everything we could have asked seemed to have been anticipated. The neighborhood was nice and walkable. There were plenty of restaurants nearby. We were also close to a supermarket and pharmacy. The brown line train is only a few blocks away, which came in really handy for exploring. Even though it was Saint Patrick's weekend (slight oversight on my part), we managed to get a restful night's sleep. We'd definitely recommend this charming home in a heartbeat.
We had a lovely time staying in the apartment. It was the perfect size for a couple. Really close to public transit and surrounded by good restaurants.
We had an excellent stay at Lynn's apartment. The pictures and descriptions were accurate and we made sure to make use of the fireplace which Lynn showed us how to operate when we arrived. The place and neighborhood were cozy and beautiful. Only a few blocks from Lincoln Park and a multitude of delicious restaurants. Parking was a breeze, utilizing the overnight parking stickers Lynn provides. We would definitely stay here again.
My wife had an interview at Northwestern, so we were looking for someplace to stay that was close to downtown but in more of a neighborhood so we could get a sense of living in Chicago. Lynn's place was perfect: close to the El train, near a bunch of bars and restaurants, but on a quiet, beautiful block in a nice neighborhood. The apartment itself was clean and comfortable, and we loved having the fireplace to thaw our bones after being outside in Chicago's ridiculous wind chill. Lynn was very helpful and communicative. We'll definitely try to stay there again next time we're in Chicago.
Lynn's apartment was the perfect spot to enjoy our time in Chicago. Warm, cozy, and a crazy comfortable bed made it a joy to unwind after a long cold Chicago winter day.
It's in a great location, in the residential area of Old Town, with restaurants and transit a stone's throw away.
Lynn was there when we arrived to show us how to use the gas fireplace, but otherwise she left us enjoy the city for the week. She made herself available if we had any questions or concerns, but none were had.
The apartment was well appointed, with a coffee machine, soap in the bathroom, hair dryer, rugs kept our feet cozy, fireplace, etc... It was amply warm for a cold snap.
It's nice to stay in an apartment where the owner takes care of the place, instead of a management company, like a few of the airbnb's I've stayed in in the past. It certainly makes for a more authentic stay and experience.
My only qualm was the slow and somewhat spotty wifi. It worked well enough for emails and light browsing, but definitely not fast enough for streaming music or videos. I'm sure that with a wifi booster (I think the router was in the apartment upstairs), that would solve the issue altogether.
Still, it's not a big enough problem to dissuade me from staying here again, or recommending wholeheartedly this apartment to anyone looking for a great spot in Chicago.
Thanks for having us Lynn!
Very comfortable accommodations with lots of amenities. Convenient location. Lynn was a gracious host. Highly recommend!
Great, cute place in a nice neighbourhood. Had a fantastic experience. Lynn was very friendly and she even offered to stay up late to answer in case I had any trouble getting in (my flight arrived very late).
A library with James Gleick’s “Genius” is always a good sign.
Also, entering the apartment without exchanging keys was a great convenience.
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.