This is a lovely apartment located on the second floor of a vintage courtyard building. It is full of an interior designers personal collection of furniture and goodies, which will nearly guarantee a good response when posting on social media :-) The bed will only physically fit one guest to stay here, so the limit to one person is not something that can be changed.
At the start, we have two of these sleeping closets. One north, and one south. This is for the south room. They are virtually identical.
So I occupy a great deal of space in a classic 'courtyard building' in Chicago. I think is is absolutely AWESOME to be here, but there are limitations to the space that I really want folks to understand. Make sure to read the 'Other Things To Note' section. Otherwise, honestly, the pictures just sort of speak for themselves.
The apartment is equipped with a bar kitchen that includes a sink (it and the bath are on the 'remodel list') and there is a full rather posh kitchen directly across the hall with a subzero and all of that sort of stuff. There is a laundry room across the garden that takes quarters...let me know and I will be happy to give you laundry soap.
Interaction with guests
David lives on the ground floor of the building and loves meeting people and sharing info about Chicago. Full disclosure, though, is that he (well, I) just started a new decorating company and spends way too much of his life holed up in his cellar office lair (just ask if you want to see it...it is kind of cool). Mark lives in the bedroom that is in close proximity; he is a super sweet southerner who deals in hospitality downtown professionally. We can be as 'hands on' or as hands off' as you need to have a great trip to Chicago. You are welcome to use the ground floor and meet the other folks....the entire household is friendly and engaging (as is the cat, Angus, who likes to wander around the various rooms and meet people) and there are three other airbnb rooms which are always filled with interesting people...you can feel free to hang out with folks or to have privacy in your own little room.
Other things to note
So here is where I paint the grimmest portrait possible, in the hopes that after you finish your stay you'll either think 'it was exactly as described' or hopefully you'll be more like 'oh golly, that grim picture he painted...reality was so much better!' 1. If you want something, just ask. Seriously, it will totally make me happy to make you happy. My goal is always to reach out, double check with people, and make sure everything is going ok...but sometimes I mess up and forget to do that so please feel free to send me a note. 2. NOISE. The building is lovely and dates from 1910. We have original squeaky floors. I am not kidding, they are crazy squeaky and have really been the main reason any guest has been unhappy here. At times, it sounds like an elephant is practicing roller derby moves in the living room, and that is just Mark puttering around in a bathrobe! I just can't do much about them. The bedroom also has a large window that faces out to a courtyard garden (located in the dead center of a huge metropolitan area but surprisingly quiet) and are above the building front door so you get a bit of noise from there and you get the occasional dull thud when the door closes. The room is also situated directly by the front door to the individual flat, as well as by the main building staircase, and adjacent to the dining room. The great majority of people (like 90%?) are not bothered by any of these things, but if you are expecting a whisper quiet sort of place you might want to consider other options. 3. SIZE. What is the adage...size matters? In this case, you will love it if you are the type that finds tiny little miniature figurines appealing. The room has a gigantic window, comfy bed, and alluring price point. Not to mention an adorable host....the catch to all of this is that the room is literally 6' by 6', 36 square feet. For my metric friends, 2 meters by 2 meters. The bed is a standard American twin bed, which is 37" wide by 75" long. A common question I get is 'will I fit' and I always say that is a matter of individual taste. I am a strapping, burly, 6'1" tall manly-man and I fit. But I also tend to like to sleep in small spaces and in sorta of contorted manner, so I am not the man to guide the decision. 4. OCCUPANCY. Only one guest. I promise, only one person will fit. And I realize that you might like to snuggle, are on a budget, desperately need to have two living bodies in the space...but that would not turn out well. You will either have one party getting wedged into the window area (terrible!) or one person will end up on the floor (equally terrible!). What ends up happening if two people are in the room is that you will not have a good night's sleep and you will consider sleeping on my couch, which you are not welcome to do. 5. EXTRA FOLKS are ok during daylight hours. Make yourself at home. They are not welcome to stay the night, not are they welcome to come over and share personal activities with you. No booty calls, no bringing cuties home from a bar. This is my house and I am welcoming you into it...part of that process is me making sure you have appropriate approvals in place and seem like a good human...and late night guests bypass that scrutiny and put us at risk. Oh my gosh, I had some things go down in my 20s that still make me blush....but that is not OK to do here. Folks that make the decision to bring some bit of human take-out with them are likely a little tipsy, probably tired, and the odds are good that you might leave the nice person you possibly just met to wander around the place and get up to other shenanigans. Oh, and the setup of the room means that noise travels out as easily as it travels in, which will mean a large group of probably bored resident gay guys will be sitting in the living room critiquing the monkey like sounds that would happen, and I would hate to subject you to that harsh criticism. 6. PRIVACY David is a social person. Like, I really do love to have people around, and I genuinely enjoy meeting new people. Maybe it is because I hail from Indiana? But that is perhaps not what everyone wants, so I want to be sure that our guests are not let down by having people around. We occupy nearly 8000 square feet and there are a total of four small airbnb rooms here and 7 guys who live here full time. David, down in the cellar, the ringleader. I am the one who constantly looses a sweaty diet soda and / or my keys. Alex, blonde and a little bit vapid, improv actor, also in the cellar. Mark, of a 'certain age' and head of hospitality for a really posh private club, in 1A. Jacob, a sassy little sprite of a thing with dark hair and a messy personality who does grocery store marketing in 1B. Carl, who sounds old but is not, an architect, in 2A. Dr Jacob and Dr. Caleb, both head shrinkers who live up on the third floor and occasionally lurk around the kitchen when they are home. You mix in one 60 year old super sweet cleaning lady from Poland (it has been over a year and she still has not figured out what this all is)...a talkative sweet natured needy cat named Angus, and the staff that I have working out of the cellar during the day. I guess what I am trying to say is that some folks have described it as feeling like a hostel (which I bristle at)...but it has that welcoming, free spirited, communal thing that I love to come home to that is the hallmark of a good hostel. It is the exact opposite of staying at a chain hotel. People who have been disappointed with their stay are few and far between, but it always revolves around the noisy building, the bathrooms, or the volume of friendly faces you might encounter while in your bath robe. My sincere hope is that 100% of the peeps who stay here have their expectations exceeded and want to come back...if you read all of the mess above and though 'sounds fun' I highly recommend that you book.
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Rules...how about 'Suggestions' as we are all adults. EXTRA FOLKS are ok during daylight hours. Make yourself at home. They are not welcome to stay the night, not are they welcome to come over and share personal activities with you. No booty calls, no bringing cuties home from a bar. This is my house and I am welcoming you into it...part of that process is me making sure you have appropriate approvals in place and seem like a good human...and late night guests bypass that scrutiny and put us at risk. Otherwise, I have had great luck with very few rules. I prefer shoes off at the front door (if possible) and, since the furniture is really posh, please don't set drippy cups or hot things down without a coaster. Please feel free to open windows; in particular in the winter it can get roasting hot, so a cracked window for fresh air will be helpful. bathrooms are indeed shared. Feel free to make use of whatever bathroom strikes your fancy...but also try and be considerate to the next person and keep it all tidy. It is much better if you keep all of your personal stuff in your room. Oh, and please don't sleep on my couch. That is a weird personal pet peeve :-)
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In a nutshell, I am a fun 30s fellow who lives in Chicago and does high end interior design work.
I have always been interested in showing hospitality to others. Before airbnb this was mostly done by inviting friends and others over to my home for dinner or cocktails....but I find it equally rewarding to be able to host a traveler and know that my home with influence their trip for the better.
As I am getting older I have decided that I really want to travel and see more of the world...but limited finances (coupled with my refusal to sit int he back of planes) as well as a desire to really get to see how people live and just not how tourists are treated makes this a great option for me!
I have quite a few different interests, but I am very into anything design related (architecture, shops, urban life) and am an avid collector of mid century furnishings and love modern art from around 1910 to 1960. I am happy to have one black cat (I like cat's but one is just enough to keep it interesting) and love to entertain friends often. I am also a sucker for British TV, and you will often find BBC America in the background.
I was lucky enough to have the New York Times recently devote two entire pages to me in their home section, making me sound much more interesting in print as compared with in reality and publishing some lovely pictures of my life.
Oh, and my favorite color is that of a wet seal.....greenish gray and shiny!