Chicago Apartment Rental Photos and Description
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!
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- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
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.