I'm an archaeologist with the Oriental Institute Museum and I volunteer for the Chicago Office of Tourism as a Greeter.
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My son and I had a very nice stay with the Hartnell family. Their apt. is in a wonderful neighborhood, very close to the University of Chicago. Many Thanks, Lewis and Colleen
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A lovely neighborhood. Yalda and the baby were lovely hosts. Thank you. :)
It was a real pleasure staying with Toby and Yalda. They are wonderful hosts -- helpful and accommodating, they are extremely knowledgeable about Chicago and a real joy to get to know. My mother and I really enjoyed their company. The neighbourhood is quiet and safe, and the apartment location is superb -- close to Walgreens/Treasure Island, the Metra and the #6 to downtown. Andia is adorable and smart!
Toby and his wife were gracious hosts in every sense, and it was a joy to stay with them. I would recommend their place for anyone who is staying in the Hyde Park neighborhood. They're very easy-going and accommodating. The room was quiet and well-furnished, just right. It was truly fun to say with their family while visiting Chicago. I hope to go back soon and stay with them again.
I stayed with Tobin & family for two nights while interviewing for a residency position at the University of Chicago. I was provided with my own keys to the apartment and my room, which was lockable. The futon was very comfy and all of my basic needs were met. The family was friendly & very sweet, and I enjoyed my stay. I would recommend this airbnb site for anyone who wants a low-key, laid-back place to stay with the basics. Tobin was also very knowledgeable about the city and things to do, both in the neighborhood and elsewhere in Chicago. Tobin recommended a sandwich place in River North (Grahamwich) which was very good as well as a free night of entertainment at the Fine arts building during my stay (both of which were wonderful).
It was easy to communicate with Tobin in advance via text to get things arranged, and the room was as advertised and comfortable.
Toby and Yalda were warm and helpful hosts during my stay. As my trip was very last minute, I did not get a chance to plan appropriately so they offered great restaurant suggestions and transit directions.
Everything is as described, clean bed/linens, warm room, good internet, amenities as listed. The apt is in a good location in Hyde Park - close to #6 bus downtown and close to nearby restaurants.
Plus, they have an adorable daughter!
Stayed for a week during late November 2012. Tobin and his wife were friendly and welcoming. The place was clean and the space was satisfactory for my needs. Location was ideal for U of Chicago and satisfactory for McCormick place, with some synchronization with the Metra schedule. I had a pleasant stay. Tobin and his wife even took some time to show me a bit of the city. Would recommend to someone looking for a no frills place in this location.
This place was perfectly located near the University of Chicago. Its definitely no frills but all you might need is available--the bed was comfortable and the room also has an armchair and a desk if you need to do work or reading (and there's a WiFi connection). Toby and his wife are very warm and easy to communicate with if you have questions before or during your stay (and their daughter is adorable). The U of C neighborhood itself is lovely but there's jot a lot of diversions nearby--however there is a great grocery store and some affordable restaurants.
What a beautiful family. We really enjoyed having them stay in our home. Toby and Yalda's daughter Andia was a special treat to see running around our neighborhood. Very easy going, clean and polite. Would recommend.
This review is actually for Tobin as a Host helping a guest find a place to stay. He had a mix-up with a guest of his and found my place for his guest to stay. He made sure his guest got here safe and made surehe felt comfortable where he was at.
Tobin seems like he'd be an excellent, welcoming and most helpful host.