HINTERLANDS (LIC.#2288893)

Lynn Basa

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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HINTERLANDS (LIC.#2288893)

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2BR/1BA in fabulous Logan Square

Live like a native in this artist-owned, artist-occupied vintage building located between the leading edge of the trendy Logan Square restaurant nexus and the old Polish neighborhood. Furnished in rustic Modern finds it's on the Blue Line with easy access to the Loop and O'Hare.

In a fit of insanity, I bought this old building in 2008 and turned the storefront into my studio (I'm a full-time artist) and rented out the rest of the units to art students and musicians which means that the building has a youthful community vibe (read between the lines here). As an experiment I've turned one of the 2 bedrooms into a temporary lodging, completely redone by an up-and-coming interior designer, Tara Rhode, who has tricked out the place in thrift and consignment finds for a rustic Modern look.

The unit has two bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with bunk beds. There's a furnished deck with a view over the rooftops of the surrounding neighborhoods. The top floor deck, which anyone can use, has a pretty amazing view of downtown and the basilica. There's a shared laundry room on the top floor.

The neighborhood is in high demand as a place to live for artists as they're getting priced out of Logan Square. It's wonderfully diverse right now with the remnants of one of the country's largest Polish populations and long-time, working-class Spanish-speaking families. The building itself is located on Milwaukee Avenue used to house a Polish sausage shop and a Polish language school. Right behind the building is one of Chicago's most historic churches, the St. Hyacinth Basilica. Two blocks north on Milwaukee are Polish bars, sausage shops and restaurants where no one speaks English. Four blocks to the south is Chicago's newest hot restaurant, coffee shop, and bar district. On Sundays from 10 - 3 in the summer is one of the best farmers' markets in the city, which has been so popular that there is now a night market on Wednesday evenings.

Best of all, right across the street from the building, is an outstanding new bakery cafe, La Farine. In close proximity is an old family-run Mexican cafe that makes everything homemade, a Thai/Sushi restaurant, and Friendship Chinese, which draws people from all over town. Soon, a craft brew pub will be opening a few doors away. Moe's Tavern, a woman-owned bar that is 'real Chicago' has an active indie music program.

The #56 Milwaukee bus stops a half a block away from the building. It's a straight shot downtown through Logan Square and Wicker Park/Bucktown or you can hop on if you don't feel like walking the 10 minutes to the Logan Square Blue Line stop. The Blue Line goes to and from O'Hare and the Loop. A Divvy bike-share station is at the Blue Line stop. There's an iGo car-sharing lot 2 blocks away and a Zip car lot 5 blocks away. If you have your own car, you can park it in the secure, covered parking at the building for a small extra fee.

This is the very first time I've ever done an AirBnB so while the accommodations are squeaky clean and new, the rest of the building is still in the process of being upgraded. I'm sure there will be small items I've forgotten to have in the unit so I'm counting on my pioneering guests to let me know what I can do to make the place more comfortable.

There is a shared coin laundry on the fourth floor of the building, strong free wifi, and a secure garage space (extra fee). The deck is semi-private in the sense that is part of the back staircase so occasionally other tenants will use those stairs.

I will arrange to meet you to give you your key, and will be on hand if there are any problems with the unit or things that you need but, other than that, you will be on your own.

I know that some of the other hosts are praised for acting as tour guides and de facto concierges. I'm not one of them! Partly because when I travel I prefer to be left alone to my own devices, but mostly because I need a lot of uninterrupted time in my studio.

Milwaukee Ave used to be a thriving Main street but now definitely looks down-at-the heels even though it is unmistakably on the upswing. Surprisingly, it has one of the lowest crime rates in the city. Even so, like in all big cities, you need to be aware of your surroundings outside of the building.

If I've left out anything you need to know, feel free to ask me any questions!

Please have your profile information and photo up-to-date because, no matter how nice you are, all I see at my end is a faceless stranger.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Lynn Basa (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Lynn Basa

I'm an artist who has lived in Chicago since 2002. My studio is in the storefront of this building that I bought in the old Polish neighborhood on Milwaukee Avenue. I've turned one of my apartments as an experiment in August 2013. I like to stay in BnB's whenever I travel around the country for my public art commissions and painting exhibits.

Lynn Basa purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Lynn Basa chose Chicago

This part of Milwaukee Avenue is an old Main Street and I think it reminded me of Pittsburgh, where I was born and where my earliest visual memories were imprinted. I've also always dreamt of having my studio in an old storefront. Now I'm living the dream -- and it's as good as I imagined it would be! I started by renting out the building to young artists and musicians because I wanted to create a community in the building. That part has worked beautifully, but I'm the sort of person who always wants to see around the next bend, to constantly be improving. I wanted to see what it would be like to furnish an apartment completely in thrift and consignment finds, so I asked an interior designer friend of mine, Tara Rhode, who needed a starter project for her portfolio, if she'd be willing to take on the challenge. She was and we worked beautifully together, scouring the Midwest, texting each other images of our finds, enlisting our mothers' help in the process. We found many more things than we could fit into the apartment, but thanks to Tara's expert editing, the unit pulled together so well that I may do another one!

What makes this apartment unique

When I moved to Chicago in 2002 from Seattle, I did so because I wanted to live in a larger city that had seemingly limitless opportunities. Chicago definitely did not disappoint! I will never begin to even make a dent in all of the cultural, culinary, and social delights this city has to offer. Early on when I moved here I was talking to someone who had also moved to Chicago simply because they were drawn by the gravitational pull of this big, friendly city and I asked him what it is it about this town that is so attractive? He said, 'Because it's like what a big city should be.' And that's it. It's gritty, it's complex, it's dangerous, it's historic, it's unbelievably diverse, and full of endless opportunities. I can understand why Alex Kotlowitz named his wonderful book on Chicago, 'Never A City So Real'. That sums it up perfectly.

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
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Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
Harrisburg, PA
5

A city gem!

  • 5 of 5
Wow, this apartment could not have been more perfect for our vacation! The location is unbeatable, being close to Logan Square, the El train, great restaurants, the bakery and grocery store across the street. But none of that compared to Delicias ice cream, a couple blocks down Milwaukee! The apartment was the perfect size for our family of 5 (we brought a small air mattress for our little one, and all three kids were comfortable in the second room.) Our only tiny complaint, as at least one other guest had mentioned, was the very squeaky metal bunk bed frame. Good thing our kids are heavy sleepers! Thank you Lynn for opening up your incredibly charming apartment to Chicago visitors! We highly recommend your place to anyone looking for a fantastic place to stay in the city!
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
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5

Charming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5
Were visiting Chicago on a trip down memory lane and although we hadn't been in this neighbourhood before we felt right at home and even the apartment reminded us of our old apartment. The garage was a great advantage as we were driving and parking in the area is quite restricted. The beds were very comfortable and the only disadvantage was the squeak in the metal bunk beds. The Mexican grocery store across the street was great! Access to downtown Chicago is easy either by metro or car. Owner Lynn was also very prompt in her replies and easy to deal with. Would stay there again :-)
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Gudrun, thank you very much for the good review. I didn't know that about the metal bunk beds! They were my first (and, now, last) purchase at Walmart. You get what you pay for is proven true once again!
business
Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
4

Much needed space!

  • 4 of 5
We love this property and will definitely be back! It was our first time using a privately owned rental property and we were so happy with everything it had to offer. The owner is very nice and has equipped the property with everything you need to have a comfortable stay. We spent 6 days with our 9 and 12 year old daughters and it was so nice having all that space and all the home-like amenities. No living out of a suitcase. There were enough drawers so we could all unpack and live like "normal people" during our stay. Full size refrigerator, oven, range, dishwasher and even a tea kettle and french press coffee maker. Very elegant apartment. Our only complaints are because we are very particular. I have allergies and so I prefer central air. The apartment does come equipped with window units and they are effective, but it just isn't quite the same. I would imagine most people wouldn't have minded at all or even preferred to sleep with the windows open. The other tidbit was that the larger bed is a full, not a queen. It never occurred to us to ask. My husband is 6'4 and we sleep in a king sized bed, so for us, even queens are a bit cramped. All in all we were very happy with our stay. I would definitely recommend it to friends and we will certainly check this property first if we will be in the Chicago area.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Francesca
So sorry about your allergies! I've been toying with the idea about converting the apartment to central air. My only hesitation is that a chunk of the deck would be taken up with an ugly condenser. I haven't been able to decide. This might push me over the edge.
Best,
Lynn
business
Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
Poughkeepsie
5

A real gem!!!

  • 5 of 5
Apartment was in a great location. Close to the train. Several bus routes are close including a stop right the corner where the place is located. Everything needed for the stay was included even umbrellas if it rained. The owner really understands the needs of the visitors. I would definitely stay here again and recommend this place to anyone coming to Chicago.
  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jose, thank you for the good review! It means a lot to me that my guests feel comfortable inside -- and outside -- of the apartment. Best,
Lynn
business
Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
5

Convenient and clean

  • 5 of 5
Went to Logan square for a wedding and this was the perfect place to stay. It was a short walk from the square and close to the subway. Great little apartment. Very flexible and kind owner.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: Thanks, Kendra! I'm glad I got the chance to meet you. Best,
Lynn
business
Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p492242vb
773-289-3616
Chicago Illinois
5

Great stay; thoughtful owner and lovely accommodations

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here in February with my brother and a friend. It is not central Chicago, but the El is a short walk away. There's local restaurants and amenities around which are convenient.

In terms of the rental, it's great. Parking is included in an adjacent parking garage which is a bonus because parking is quite expensive. The garage is controlled by remote control so there's an added level of safety.

The unit is spacious, was warm, and well equipped for a weekend stay. There were toiletries in the bathroom, however one con (and not something easily controlled) was that the water pressure isn't great. Beds comfortable, it's spacious and clean.

I would probably stay here again
  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
O'Hare
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Logan Square Blue Line (Spaulding St. entrance)
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
I-90
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
Belmont Ave Beach (on Lake Michigan)
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Moe's Tavern
Nearest Golf
5.6 Miles
Marovitz Golf Course, 3600 N Recreation Dr.
Car: not necessary
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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Chicago Apartment Rental Rates

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Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay
$100
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$110
Fri,Sat
$700
$2,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $65
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 16.9%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Chicago Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , New memory-foam mattresses, dresser, mirror, closet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , New memory-foam mattress, closet, small dresser
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
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