About This Listing
-Ask about the private room upgrade and/or possibility of the entire apartment if interested in stays of 2 months or longer-
PLEASE NOTE-As hosts, we remain on the property full time and operate as a hostel style environment. (We prefer the term "homestel") We welcome you to respectfully enjoy our home as if it were your own, with access to the living areas, outdoor spaces, eat in kitchens, etc.
In order to accommodate you or your group appropriately, I will need additional information. Charges vary by person, room, weekends/special holidays or events. The site calculator and/or calendar may NOT always be correct. Please verify availability and rates with the host prior to booking. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in providing you a memorable vacation and stay.
Great shared apartment with easy access to all Chicago area attractions like the beach, Navy Pier, Michigan Ave, Second City, Cubs games and so much more! Walking distance to wonderful restaurants, DePaul University, the Zoo etc. Easy access to bus and subway routes. Parking available if needed.
We love this city and would like to share the great things we have learned about the area.
Our spacious apartment will easily accommodate another couple in a King Size air mattress or two travelers since it can also be broken down as two twin air mattresses. We of course welcome and can accommodate the single traveler too. We have cable tv and internet that you are welcome to use, however, the place is best served for the busy traveler looking for a safe, clean and inexpensive place to stay while seeing the sites.
We provide fresh linens to include blankets, pillow, sheets along with fresh towels (bath and beach), shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, bodywash, hairdryer, curling iron, clothing iron and ironing board, etc. If you forget it, we probably have it; such as toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, band aids for you tired feet! (I highly recommend great walking shoes because your first day you will be enthralled with all there is to see:))
For breakfast we have coffee and tea to sustain you until you have time to get acquainted with this wonderful area's grocery stores and/or fresh indoor/outdoor markets. Brunch is an event in Chicago:)-We are happy to make recommendations!
House Rules: Please be courteous & conscientious. And remember, this is our home:)
Common areas are to be kept free of all personal belongings except when in use.
Remember to lock up when you leave & clean up after yourself.
Please place dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Clean up immediately after use of kitchen so the sink, etc. is free & clear for the next persons use.
Wet towels-Towel Racks have been provided on nearly every available door. Please hang wet towels on the provided racks rather than leaving them on the bed and/or furniture. Try to use your bath towel for the duration of your stay since I am becoming more of a steward to the environment:)
Shoes off: We try to maintain a “shoes off” environment. It would be great if you could bring slippers or shoes that are just for inside.
Laundry: The in unit laundry facilities have been provided to our guests for their convenience at no additional cost. Guests are welcome to use with care & conservation. The machines are a bit noisy so please be courteous & use the laundry facilities during hours that won’t disturb resting and/or sleeping guests and hosts:)
Outdoor provisions-The patio and patio equipment is provided for convenience and enjoyment of all guests. No glass containers are permitted outdoors at any time. Clean up immediately after use of area is mandatory.
(must have written permission to use a grill or any portion of the yard & yard amenities)
Smoking- Smoking will be permitted on the back decks ONLY. Proper disposal of tobacco products MUST be followed.
No drinking, parties or gatherings of any kind are permitted at building, grounds or Living Quarters without prior written authorization of hosts. No gatherings of any kind will be permitted on the front porch or residential streets and sidewalks of home.
It is imperative that NOTHING will be disposed of in the toilets other than toilet paper.
Parents and women-Please do not dispose of feminine products, diapers, feminine or baby wipes in the toilet! Use the provided trash cans or additional trash bags provided in the bottom of the cans.
For the lovers who stay with us, condoms cannot flush. Please dispose of those items in the trash or the additional trash bags provided in the bottom of the trash cans.
Guests will be held liable for any fees, expenses and repairs related to any damages incurred to the property in order to prepare the unit for re-rental. Guests agree to report any damages to the hosts immediately.
Occupancy is strictly restricted to the number of guests listed on the reservation. Guests full name, email address and government issued ID such as US driver’s license or passport will be required. At no time can unlisted persons or pets visit or occupy the property without prior written consent by the host. At no time, can listed guests or unlisted persons gather on the residential street or front balcony of home.
Violations of these occupancy conditions will be grounds for immediate eviction without right to a refund.
Other issues that will result in the same are the following but not limited to: illegal drug use and/or possession of illegal drugs in the property, underage drinking, smoking indoors, and/or breach of any of the terms, covenants, rules or regulations.
By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk for any accidents, injuries or illness that occur while on the premises or its facilities.
The Hosts are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guests.
Guests agree to keep the property, all furnishings and provided amenities in good order and will only use items for their intended purposes. (for example: beach towels for the beach, bath towels for the bath)
Guests agree that no disturbing noises or voices shall be made or permitted to be made. Nothing shall be done or permitted to be done which interferes with the rights, comforts and conveniences of other guests or neighbors. No musical instrument, radio, television or other sound producing device shall be played or operated at a level that disturbs or annoys any other guests or neighbors.
Guests, assures he/she and all individuals on the reservation who occupy the property during the term of the rental will conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful & inoffensive to the neighbors, both in the home & next door to the home. They shall not disturb, annoy, endanger or inconvenience neighbors in any way, nor shall guests use the premises for any immoral or unlawful purposes, nor violate any law or ordinance, nor commit waste or nuisance on or about the premises.
Keys-Keys are to be returned to host following the agreed upon terms discussed. Guests will incur any costs associated with lost keys & costs associated with replacing locks for those keys if deemed necessary.
Chewing Gum-We have determined it would be best to make this a chewing gum free home.
Windows & MasterSuite Balcony Door-No egress or ingress is permitted thru this door (it must remain locked & closed) Windows must remain closed at all times to maintain proper heating & cooling of the home; except for Apt C
Yard Gates-It is IMPERATIVE no egress or ingress is permitted thru our yard gates or our neighbors yard gates.
Safety and Privacy-Please respect that this is our personal residence. For our safety, security and that of future guests we respectfully request that you and your guests do not share any details of the homes layout, accommodations, key exchange process AND address that with anyone NOT listed on the reservation. Under no circumstances will any details of our home including the address be posted or disseminated via ANY social media methods such as (website hidden), (website hidden), Blogs and the like.
Vehicles-Any and all vehicles that will be used to drop off, pick up or park during the guests stay must have prior written approval by hosts.
Thanks so much for choosing us and our home as your home away from home while visiting or working in Chicago:)
Great spread for breakfast! Coffee (with to go cups to start your day of exploring), tea, cookies, fruit.
I was in the other listing which consist of bunkbeds. The location is amazing, you can get anywhere from there VERY easily and the neighbourhood is safe and beautiful. Stephanie was a very thoughtful guest, I felt very welcome. If you are confortable sleeping with other people that you might wake up or might wake you up then this place is perfect (I was afraid to wake up people when I came in but everybody was respectful). I would definitively stay there again!
Cris and Stephanie were the most helpful airbnb folks ever! They strive to get you to a place/space that works the absolute best for you! My cousin and I visited Chicago to see Honey & the 45s, my daughter Kristina Cottone's band. It was short notice, and we are newly retired academics. We needed a comfortable, clean, pleasant place....and we found that at Cris and Stephanie's! They will work to make your stay really wonderful. Absolutely will return there....loved meeting other guests, the environment was laid back, easy, relaxing. Open, welcoming, refreshing!
It's a great location since it's just a short walking distance to the Brown Line. The place was comfortable, relaxed, and the breakfast was an added bonus. Chris offered good advice about some blues bars in the city. Much better than hostel or an overpriced hotel!
Clean, comfortable, great location. Cris and Stephanie were very nice and super responsive in booking. I had my own room, clean linens, a TV with cable, clean bathroom. The location is great, quiet residential neighborhood but close to buses, the L and Lincoln Park. It was a great place to stay while I explored different parts of the city.
Everything about Cris and Stephanie was perfect and great! They were the best hosts and made everything very easy and comfortable. They were also very very helpful and friendly and always ready to share their own experiences in the great city of Chicago!
The house was clean and in a great location, within walking distance to public transportation that takes you to downtown area in a mere 25minutes!
I cant say enough about how happy I was during my stay at Cris and Stephanie`s
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About the Host, Chris And Stephanie
Hello Fellow Traveler!
We welcome you to our Airbnb listing and appreciate that you wish to learn more about us as your potential hosts. We enjoy meeting new people and look forward to sharing with you what we love about Chicago:)
Why have we opened our home?
We arrived about 4 summers ago for a 3 day business trip, fell in love with Chicago and never left. This is our 4th summer! Since we are both adventurous spirits, with some trepidation, we tried this thing called "AirBNB". We had such a great experience because of our host; we thought we would pay it forward.
What has been our favorite experience hosting so far? Lollapalooza:)
Who are we?
Chris and I met in High School and reconnected on the site that begins with Face and ends with Book a couple of years ago. We think we have quite the love story that resulted in a proposal a few years back and would be happy to share it with you on one of your relaxing evenings on our deck or over a cup coffee while you are sorting out your travels for the day-but we promise not to bore you with it!
What are we doing here?
After we reunited, we had the amazing opportunity to become Environmental Stewards for a wonderful company that brought us to Chicago. One of our company's core values is to stimulate the local economy, find other Environmental Stewards like ourselves and train them for leadership roles. (Another great story if you are out of sorts from your trip and can't sleep one nite-and of course care to hear it:) )
What we think about ourselves as hosts?
We pride ourselves in being open and available hosts for a chat, a recommendation, throwing darts, a game of scrabble or an impromptu cook out or s'mores on the fire pit but we also completely respect your privacy and understand this is your trip. We only wish to ensure your travels are more than you would have hoped for thru spending time at our home and meeting other guests.
Where have we been?
Chris is an Army Brat and has lived all over the States and I have traveled around Europe while living in Madrid, Spain for 3 years.
Places Chris has lived:
He spent his youth in San Antonio, Hawaii, Denver, Colorado Springs and Maryland (the DC area). As an adult, he lived in Kansas City for a bit, he settled for many years in Norman, Oklahoma (if you've heard of it), Dallas/Ft. Worth, back to Maryland (to get me;)) and now Chicago.
Places Chris has traveled to:
Boston and other parts of Massachusetts in which he has tons of family and for our business, all over New Jersey (our company has a HUGE presence there and helped tremendously with the Hurricane Sandy clean up), many parts of PA (we really enjoyed our time in Pittsburgh), Philly a few times (best sandwiches we have found yet!) and many more.
Stephanie lived most of her life in the Maryland area traveling for work in the DC and Virginia areas but joining her friends on their business trips in the States to visit as many cities as possible. Of course, the fun-damentals like Las Vegas, Miami Beach (along with many other Florida cities that my family lives such as Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville) and NYC. More relaxing fun in Savannah, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC (where my mom has retired), Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ (where my brother used to live), San Diego and Coronado (a couple of times since they are some of my favorite), Hawaii (to see the first grandchild in our family), L.A. (had the opportunity to cruise Monterey's 17 mile drive)...
Stephanie's European Travels: Of course many of the big cities like Paris (the food!), Munich (best airport ever!), Frankfurt, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Malaga, Bilbao, Gothenburg, Sweden (for a dear friends wedding), but also some off of the beaten path that became my very favorite memories like Morocco, Tunisia and more....
Places we will go: Brazil, Fiji, South America, Canada....
Our recent travels together: We recently finished an extended road trip and stayed at several Airbnb homes. Our travels took us first to Chris' families in Norman, Oklahoma onto Albuquerque; from there to Phoenix to our ultimate destination-San Felipe, Mexico where we booked 3 different homes one of which was exceptional. We included some side excursions to Coronado, California, Ensenada and Rosarito, Mexico where we stayed in an AMAZING home and had some fantastic food. On our return, we were fortunate enough to also stay in a Villa with OUTSTANDING views in Sedona, California.