Bed 1. Backpackers Heaven/Nomadas


Shared room

3 guests

2 Beds


Shared room

3 guests

2 Beds

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About this listing

Perfect for the eco-conscious/frugal student/traveller. Very SAFE, convenient location in Arts Dist. Oak Park. Steps to (24 hr) blue line train & 290 expy. 17 mins to Chicago (Jackson stop). Hosts live in sep area w/pets. Free park. Self check in.

The space

Please read each section of the listing.

Please note the desk is no longer in the room.

Our home is great for the independent traveler. We have a self check in enabling you to arrive at your convenience anytime after 4 pm on the date of your reservation.

Please read the house rules.
We are a very environmentally conscious home.

This shared room has a mini fridge and is located on the second floor close to the bathroom. There is a shared microwave and cold water cooler located on the first floor. It accommodates 2 comfortably. I can add an air mattress on the floor for the third person but it will require me to move the desk over making it look a bit odd while still being comfortable. It also has a loveseat. It does have a TV with hdmi cord so you can hook it up to your computer.

We have dogs and cats. If you have any allergies or sensitivities, or even think you might have some, this is not the house for you. The dogs do live with the hosts in a private area. You will encounter the indoor/outdoor cats Hector and Elizabeth. They are never allowed in the bedrooms.

Up to 4 rooms are available (which can be viewed under listings). There are times when the house is full of people and others when there might be only a few. During high season (summer, Lollapalooza for example) the house may be very busy giving you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.

A coin laundromat is about 7 minutes away- Just one train stop over. You can walk it too. Kitchen unavailable due to local laws and regulations.

We are just a 3 minute walk to the Blue Line train. Please note that because we are so close to the train, you will hear some noise. This is the price we pay for this amazing convenience. This is the train that takes you directly to O'Hare airport and also into downtown Chicago in about 17 minutes. To come from Midway you would take the Orange Line and switch for the Blue Line at Van Buren and continue on. It's also a 5 minute drive to the 290 on ramp.

We are very convenient to all the attractions such as the Sears "Willis" Tower, Millenium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (with the free flying butterflies. Best nature museum and I've been to many) and Navy Pier, just to name a few (and that's really just a few. There are so many more things to do!)

We are walking distance to the Sugar Beet, an awesome public co-op. It is a bit further than the Jewel and CVS (which is about 5 blocks) but if you wanted to Uber it, my guess is it would only be a few dollars. It's the only place I shop. Love it. Next door to the Jewel is a Budget/Avis car rental for those times you just want to drive around. I can get you free parking for up to 30 days.

We are around the corner from Yoga Trek (has drop in classes), Val's Halla records (if you're into music, this is a must see place) some great restaurants, Italian and The Buzz Cafe (great free range beef burger, gluten free, organic, great coffee) for eclectic fare, and just one train stop away from Brazilian, American, more Mexican food, Hole in the Wall for ice cream (yum) and a Pans, a small family owned grocery store. A laundry is next to the Brazilian restaurant. Don't forget to try the passion fruit mousse - delicious! (I mean really delicious)

For the architecture buff, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio is located here in Oak Park along with many of his buildings. Guided tours are available.

It's also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway

All reservations must go through AIRBNB including last minute reservations. No local resident rentals please. Please do not ask for an exception.

When corresponding, please offer the password, "Al was a chicken" so I know that you have fully read this description.

Please do ask any questions you can think of.
Thanks so much!

Guest access

Each room has a mini fridge and access to a cold water cooler and microwave on the first floor. On site host's living quarters are private. Coin laundry just a stop away (about 7 minutes). Airbnb requires hosts to abide by all local laws and regulations, therefore, the kitchen unavailable.

Interaction with guests

Our house is great for the independent traveler. We have a great self check in system so you can arrive at your convenience at anytime after 4 pm on the date of your reservation. Our family lives in a separate part of the house. There are times when I will be around all the time and others when you might never see me. If you're looking for a place to rest and not a lot of host contact, this is a great place. If you want heavy host involvement and social gatherings, this home would not meet your expectations. However, I am able to be reached at all times by text.

Other things to note

Bring towels. For your convenience, this is a self check in home. Fans only, no air conditioning. Hosts live in another part of the home but are on premises. My house is 100 years old. I have not done any decorative rehab. We do have dogs and cats. If you have any sensitivities or even think you might have sensitivities this is not the house for you. Smoking outside only. Please note there is no smoking of any kind in the home or outside. Free parking for the first 30 days. After that you can purchase parking through the village and park in a village lot or you can rent a space from me.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Shared room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £24 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 12%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

• Check-in time is anytime after 4PM.
• Check out time is anytime before, but no later than 10AM.

Hello!

Please help preserve my 100 year old home by following these simple rules.

Please read each section of the listing. I have added as many details as possible to ensure that you know exactly what to expect upon arrival in this shared room.

Please bring a towel.

*•BATHROOM. -- CLOSE THE SHOWER CURTAIN. Make sure the shower curtain is inside the bathtub. Do not let water run all over the floor. This destroys the ceiling in the dining room. Please, close the shower curtain.

*• Clean up after yourself in the bathroom. There are cleaning items for your convenience. Unfortunately I need to expand on this just a bit. The bathroom should be left exactly the way you would like to use it. And I will assume that would be no hair in the shower, no water splashed throughout the bathroom and most importantly no biological leftovers on the toilet.

*• Shower quickly and finish getting ready in your room as we only have one bathroom.

*• Remove your shoes. Please do not track in dirt/snow/slush/etc. on the wooden floors. Do not put dirty shoes all over the new carpeting. There are boot trays for your use. Use them please.

*• Quiet time begins at 10pm. Please use headphones.

*• No smoking allowed anywhere inside or outside of the house. As a courtesy to our neighbors I am no longer able to allow any smoking anywhere, including outside.

*• No drinking or smoking on my outside front stairs. Please understand that it is actually a city violation to openly drink outside in front of your house here.

*• Do not dismantle the smoke detector (and try to smoke).

*• No drug use at all in this home and this includes pot.

*• Please take out your garbage every night to the cans outside.

*• Do not close the fridge if it is unplugged.

*• No guests that were not on the reservation.

*• $10 will be charged from the security fee for failure to leave the key.

I ask is that you remember that this is my home. A home that I really love, that I have raised my family in and where life happens. We have dogs and cats. Please let me say that again. WE HAVE DOGS AND CATS AND ALL THINGS THAT COME WITH PET OWNERSHIP. Some people might be very sensitive to smells, others not. If I am giving my dogs a bath, I can 100% guarantee you it will smell like wet dog until they dry.

Please remember that I actually live here with my family and do have to carry on with my regular life activities.

If this might be an issue for you, please, I am begging you, do not book a room here and then become angry that I have pets.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Safety card
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

Availability
1 night minimum stay

47 Reviews


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Nabeel User Profile
April 2017
Great stay for the price!

Steven User Profile
April 2017
Tamara's place is located in a cool district that has a great little breakfast spot down the road. She was very prompt and courteous and helpful in many ways. I would definitely stay again. Great value and great host.

Wyl User Profile
February 2017
It was quiet. She accommodated me. And it was nice.

Sven User Profile
October 2016
Tamara was awesome, friendly, helpfull, and i was allways able to reach out if i had a problem. The room was clean, the bed comfy, and the house super close to the trainstation. Over all a super experience i hope i can see tamara in the future again maybe here maybe in germany who knows.

Sj User Profile
September 2016
Great place for travelers!!

Raina User Profile
September 2016
Great bargain price for a cute room in a great neighborhood. As a young woman traveling alone, I felt very comfortable staying in Tamara's home and also walking through the neighborhood. All the homes in the area were very nice looking and I even noticed 3 police cars at different times patrolling the area. Tamara is one of my favorite hosts so far since she was very friendly, gave detailed instructions on how to take the metra train from O'Hare airport to her home and also told me which stop was for the downtown area. If I had any questions she was quick to respond. The home was very clean. I would definitely recommend this home to anyone especially young women traveling alone. My room also consisted of a cute little sofa, a TV, and a mini fridge. Clean, Affordable, and Safe! Thanks again Tamara!

Jenny User Profile
August 2016
Honestly one of the best hosts I've ever encountered. Tamara is so helpful and friendly that it made our stay a breeze. She gave us lots of advice and help before arriving, even moving our stay back by a day because we were delayed. Once we arrived she arranged our different parking passes for day and night which was so helpful. She had also recommended things to do in the surrounding area. The room itself was really nice. It had a spacious fridge and freezer and the room was well ventilated considering how hot Chicago was. The bathroom was next door to us and very nice too. Unfortuneately, there is only one in the house to share with all the guests which can be busy in the morning. We were really enjoyed our stay in Chicago and would definitely stay again.

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