About this listing
Welcome to Chicago! Guests from all over the world have stayed in this 1400 sq ft condo in South Shore. You'll be a short walk away from Lake Michigan and about a 20-minute commute to downtown by train, bus or car
This 1,400 sq ft flat on 2nd FL of 100+ year old quiet bldg located in the historic South Shore district.
Each bedroom is furnished: Bed with bedding, closet w/ hangars and/or drawer, a desk/chair/ trash can/alarm clock/window treatments. There is a community iron/board in the hallway.
The living room has a couch, chaise, love seat w/ottoman and an eating area. As well as a faux fireplace with library. There are plenty of windows to let in sunlight.
The kitchen offers shelving for each guest and is stocked with cookware, dishes, utensils and cleaning supplies.
There is one bathroom that remains quite toasty in the winter due to steam heat throughout the building. There is a shower and bathtub with towel racks.
A storage locker and coin-operated laundry machines are on the first floor.
To check in, guests can schedule a time to meet at the condo or can pick up keys. I do not live on the premises, and I travel an hour to meet guests. Any guest who is late for scheduled check in, can pick up keys at 5329 N Glenwood Ave Chicago, IL 60640. Contact me when you're on your way, and I'll meet you or give you the lock box code. Once you check out, you can leave keys in the bedroom.
Guests will have access to the entire unit save other private rooms. Additionally, they will be able to use the laundry facilities/storage on the first floor.
Interaction with guests
I'll do my best to address any questions/concerns and to make your stay comfortable. I've traveled the world many times over and understand the importance of balancing interaction and privacy.
The neighborhood is culturally and socioeconomically diverse with tree- lined streets adorned with an eclectic array of early 20th century architecture mixed with single-family houses. It boasts soul-food joints, jazz clubs and golf courses as well local markets. The local library and post office are on our street!
Currently, the South Shore, once a thriving, artistic community, is experiencing a renaissance. Home to the former behemoth U.S. Steel mill, the neighborhood will soon welcome President Obama's library and George Lucas' Star Wars museum. The steel mill will become a park along the lake. Additionally, new housing and retailers are popping up. Moreover, the city is initiating a large-scale green energy program, which will power neighborhoods along the shore using wind and hydropower as well as reducing and recycling waste and water.
Having said all that, in and around South Shore, there are areas that are not ideal. It's always best to be familiar with your surroundings in a large urban area. It's not uncommon to see a few boarded up houses or businesses. If you're accustomed to living in mixed-income areas, I'm sure you'll be as comfortable as my former guests and I have been.
There are two Metra stations about 10-minute walk from my condo. There are also 5 local and express buses that take you around the area and to/from downtown. If you drive, Lake Shore Drive is 2 minutes away.
Other things to note
There may be one or two other guests staying in other rooms. You'll be sharing common areas. All guests are asked to keep common areas clean and clear so all guests are safe and feel comfortable.
Notice: The city of Chicago (and around the US) has experienced an increase in bed bug infestations. It's a issue that both guests and hosts want to avoid. Therefore, the building HOA (home owners association) requires visitors to follow this protocol:
-Guests will first take luggage, bags, etc to the storage unit in the basement
-After I show you your room, we'll return to the basement to wash/dry your belongings. I'll pay for your laundry and provide detergent.
-I can steam clean any items that can not go into machines.
-All luggage/bags must remain in storage during your stay
-Once items are laundered, they may enter and be stored in the condo
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Thank you for your cooperation,
-1. I do not live on the premises, and will travel an hour to greet guests at the residence. We can either schedule a check in time that is convenient for both of us or you can pick up the keys anytime from a different address. We'll plan accordingly after your book the room.
2. To make everyone comfortable and to keep hardwood floors free from dirt and allergens, guests do not wear shoes in the house. There's a shoe stand next to the door for your convenience. Slippers can be provided upon request!
3. Please keep common areas clean, and leave rooms as you found them out of courtesy for other guests.
4. Lost/stolen keys are subject to a replacement fee (from Security Deposit) as the locks to the condo and to the entire building would have to be replaced.
I am an educator/journalist who has traveled and worked the last 20 years in and outside the US. I moved to Chicago in 2013 to start a new career in medicine. Now that I'm establishing roots in the US, I want to become the gracious hostess I've been lucky to experience as an international traveler.