Beautiful, Creative One-Bedroom in Pilsen
Beautiful, Creative One-Bedroom in Pilsen
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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"Spacious," "cozy" and "artistic," with a "super comfortable bed," this lovely, if worn, apartment in a diverse residential neighborhood will be your home away from home. It's vintage and quirky; please read on.

The space

This is a beautiful one-bedroom apartment that has been loved on and cultivated. It's a neutral, creative work space and a wonderful place to relax.

Vintage building, hardwood floors, tall ceilings, lots of light, a supremely comfortable bed, furnished with taste and utility. Quiet, friendly neighbors, lots of families and artists around.

I want to make sure guests understand! The apartment is charming and cozy - it's been my home for six years or so - with great books, anything you'd need in the kitchen, wonderful art. It sure has it quirks, though, like some peeling paint in the bathroom that I have to wait for warm weather to fix. I find its quirks just add to the charm, but I do like to check with folks traveling from other kinds of areas. As Airbnb is expanding its customer reach, I've found that guests increasingly don't quite know what to expect in renting a personal home. If a charming, funky apartment in an old building is your style, fantastic! If you're looking for more of a hotel-like situation or a modern condo, I would encourage you to look elsewhere!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: The building is over 100 years old! It has old stairs! Most of my guests have been ecstatic about the apartment, but those used to brand-spanking-new construction may want to look elsewhere. The building is OLD and the exterior, while I find it charming because it's home, has seen better days.

Please do let me know if you've got questions. I'm here to help. :)

It would be a great place for an individual or a couple, and up to two more guests are plenty cozy in the guest-bed-pod the two couches come together to form - SO much better than a futon!

All in all, a low-key, inspiring place to stay.

In-window AC unit. One queen-sized bed and two couches, which can be slept on separately or pushed together to make a queen-sized surface.

Guests bringing one completely house-trained dog (or two, if VERY calm) are welcome, but I ask that you do your best to vacuum surfaces for pet hair before you leave. I'm allergic to cats, so I sadly can't host them.

Guest access

You will have the entire apartment to yourselves, with sheets and towels provided. There are plenty of pots and pans for your use, as well as an oven, a stove and a microwave, and the coffee is French press.

Interaction with guests

I am always accessible, should you like, by phone or message, and am happy to provide recommendations around town.

Other things to note

Please read the description carefully!

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Free parking on premise

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 sofas

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 11AM

The place is yours to enjoy. I'm looking for someone or ones who are clean and reliable, respectful with noise levels for neighbors, and communicative with me about any concerns that may come up. One (or two, if they're very calm) house-trained are allowed (I have one, who'll be away with me), but unfortunately not cats, as I'm allergic. There is sadly no laundry in the building, but there is a laundromat a couple of a blocks away, and several places in the neighborhood pick up and deliver.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One flight of stairs.


139 Reviews

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Joanne User Profile
July 2017
Had such a great time staying at Lee's place. Apartment was cool and creatively decorated with good shower and comfortable bed. Great links to public transport and felt safe. The photos do make it look more fresher that it actually is but all in all a great place to stay.

Louisa User Profile
April 2017
We LOVED this apartment - full of character, artsy, quirky, light and cosy. I stayed with 2 daughters (1 teen & 1 early twenties) for a week. We loved being in Pilsen and found it easy enough to get downtown and elsewhere on buses & metro system. The food in the area is great - loads of choice for delicious Mexican. Lee was extremely friendly, kind, generous, helpful and communicative. I know Lee has put this in the description but I think it worth confirming that this is NOT the place for you if you are after a modern, pristine, hotel-type place. It is very clearly Lee's home - we felt like we were borrowing an apartment off an artist friend and we loved it for that, but I know that's not what everyone wants. I would also say that it is ideal for 2 people. More than that is fine in the daytime - it feels very spacious, and comfortable enough for me and my girls, but I'm not sure I would take it for a group of 3 my age - but maybe I'm overly attached to a comfortable bed (the second bed is the sofas pushed together). I wholeheartedly recommend it and would gladly stay there again - we were very sad to leave.
Lee User Profile
Response from Lee:
Thanks, Louisa! Safe travels, and come again soon.
April 2017

Katherine User Profile
May 2015
Lee was very helpful and ensured we were happy once the holiday began. The apartment is lovely and is in a great location; easy walk to the train to get to the centre of Chicago and to buses to get to other areas. It was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need and more. I would definitely stay here again should we re-visit Chicago!

Michelle User Profile
September 2017
Awesome place!!! Right on public transit!!!! Easy to drive and park in certain areas!!! Perfect stay!!!

Kim User Profile
September 2017
We loved Lee's apartment. It was clearly the space of an artist and a thinker, which we resonated with. There were a lot of little touches that made us comfortable - great books, good quality hand soap, little art pieces and an enviable record collection. Most of all, it was right in the middle of a thriving district of the city that it was pure pleasure to explore. Great, cheap Mexican food is everywhere and there were a few fun cafes and bars within walking distance, as was the Pink Line which took us downtown in 10 minutes. We would definitely stay at Lee's again.

Alejandro User Profile
September 2017
Lee's apartment is exactly as described. It is very cozy and comfortable, very spacious and a great bed (apartment always clean with all the appliances you need). Close to train and groceries stores.

Halley User Profile
September 2017
We very much enjoyed our stay in Lee's quaint apartment. Would highly recommend to others!

Chicago, Illinois, United StatesJoined in November 2011
Lee User Profile
I'm an actress in Chicago. I'm just in love with the city. I've had to bounce around the country over the past couple of years for regional theater work, and absence makes the heart grow fonder, I guess. I grew up in Houston, I've lived in New York, I've worked all over the count…
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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