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I am a professional musician and teacher in the Chicago area. I compose for and play with the band Maurice.
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This is definitely a guys' apartment. Nice guys, but guys. Stinky toilet, crusty bathroom sink. Questionable sheets (and only fitted ones available until we searched....apparently no knowledge that top and bottom sheets are different.) The third floor walkup was beastly hot in Chicago's 90 degree heat. The only way to get any sleep was to leave the door open to get a breeze, which kind of limited the privacy of the "private" room. I specifically asked how many people would be sharing the bath and was told only one, but it turned out there was another couple staying there (guests? roomates? who knows?). The bathroom was cluttered with the paraphernalia of at least three other people; we kept our things in our room. Oh, and we were not told there would be a dog, who was actually cute and not a problem, except for a ten minute barking incident somewhere between 2 and 6 am one morning. Signs in the kitchen admonished guests to wash their dishes promptly, which would actually have been easier had there been any dish soap, or had anyone taken the trouble to put their clean dishes away so you could have some space in the dish drainer to put the dishes you were washing.
That said, the location is fabulous, an easy walk to Lincoln Square and the Old Town School of Folk Music, and lots of great restaurants. And at $36, it's about as cheap as you can stay in Chicago, so you can save your money for a wonderful meal.
Chicago is beautiful and the flat was in a really nice area not far from the subway and within our budget. We didn't meet David as he wasn't there. So communication needs to be better in that case. There were two fans in the room which was perfect as it got hot there. Parking was very limited.
This space was what we paid for -- relatively clean (I'm a neat freak), private room with kitchen access that was close to public transportation. The renter was not in town for an extended period and had a chain of guests coming. Although we did have to do prep work for the next guest, everything was spelled out and covered by the renter, so it was fine.
This apartment is in a beautiful neighborhood within easy walking distance of a busy, pedestrian shopping street and within walking distance of two subway stops. The ride into 'downtown' -- the tourism area -- was about 30 min., which was no problem.
We very much enjoyed our visit to Chicago and appreciated the cheap space that allowed us to use our money on other things.
The room was indeed spacious and the apartment in general was clean and tidy. Thanks for letting us stay, David!
We actually stayed while everyone was out of town for Christmas, but the guys were very kind and accommodating for the two days they were here. This apartment is in one of Chicago's best neighborhoods, and is within walking distance of some truly amazing shops, bars, and one of my favorite German grocery stores. The apartment is also in a classic Chicago greystone, which is always better than a hotel. You can faintly hear the train at night, which (for me) is a really pleasant sound; otherwise, the neighborhood is extremely quiet. We had some issues getting locked out of the laundry room, but other than that, it was a great alternative to expensive and sterile hotel environments, and it was s(phone number hidden)wonderful to be in such a lovely neighborhood for ten days.
David and his friend, Matt, were such lovely guests. So polite, so respectful, and so tidy! And they were exceedingly patient with me when they arrived and I had yet to finish prepping the apartment (given I had meeting go much longer than I expected that afternoon.) I felt so bad about it and felt a little frazzled as a result but they were so kind. I would welcome either of them back absolutely anytime!
Dave was a quiet, considerate, super tidy guest. He and his wife were friendly, interesting people and musicians! They gave me a CD of their music which is fabulous! They are welcome back anytime!