I am married to a wonderful mate. We have a curious and happy 3 yr old AND a delightful newborn (Dec of 2013)... and live in the suburb called Brookfield about 18 miles away.
My condo still is very much an extension of myself since I have decor I've collected from all around the world-- Ghana, West Africa, South Africa, Brazil, U.A.E., Thailand, as well as many artist friends' works.
I've loved sharing space at other B&B's and backpacker lodges around the world and hope that my space joins the system!
If you are driving or expect to need parking, there are a few options. 1) Neighborhood daily passes- $1 a day; 2) Garage in basement- $12 daily with prepaid stickers; 3) Metered, hourly street parking- $4-6 per hour depending on location; 4) Free spaces during certain times of day on LaSalle Street when not snowing or rush hours. I request payment for option 1 & 2 via cash or Pay pal at the end of your stay since you may not know what you'll need or use until the end. I'd be happy to explain these options or weigh them with you depending on circumstances.
Typically, I would recommend utilizing public transport and walking while in my neighborhood. There are also DIVY rental bikes outside my building for easy get-up-and-go needs! And if need be, a few Zip Cars are parked nearby for more distant day trips.
Old Town is a dynamic and walkable neighborhood within a block away. Not to mention 3 blocks to Lake Michigan...and VERY accessible to downtown. About a 30 minute walk OR 10-15 minute commute depending on where you are headed, via bus or "EL." The CTA's website is handy to plan your travels.
Happy to help and host!