|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
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!
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.
Visited our son in Chicago and the location was perfect. Loved the French pastry shop across the street and the restaurants of Logan Square - go to Longman and Eagle!! Lynn was wonderful to work with and very accommodating. Can't wait to stay there in the summer and enjoy the balcony!
This was a perfect spot for us. My husband and I were in Chicago for a long weekend to visit our son who lives just a few blocks away. We loved shopping for groceries in the neighborhood shops and that the kitchen was so well-equipped. The 56 bus is right out the door to go south and a few blocks north we could take the 77 Belmont. Easy walk to train as well for return to airport. The apartment is spotless, quiet, roomy with lots of light. The owner was really pleasant and easy to work with. We would definitely stay here again. It was more apartment than the two of us needed but the price was right and it was nice to have enough room to have our son and friends over for meals. So glad to know about this find!
My wife, 3 young children (ages 6,8, & 9) stayed here on vacation. The owner was most courteous, made sure we were all set and had the information we needed. The place itself was very nice, very spacious, comfortable, secure, and friendly. We found many of the things we were looking for right within walking distance. Several grocery stores, coffee shops, bakeries. It is close enough to down town where you can see the city, get to the museums and attractions. It is on the edge of Logan Square where you find a vibrant and eclectic mix of communities. One day we had breakfast at a wonderful Mexican restaurant, the next day at a French bakery. Lunch at an Italian bistro, dinner made from groceries purchased at the Polish grocer & sausage shop. It was a bit rainy during our stay, but I would have loved to enjoy the back porch. I wish we could have stayed longer!
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!
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 :-)
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
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