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Enjoy Lincoln Square's 'Little Europe'/Music/Microbrewery/Dining/Close to Train

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Unique Layout Equivalent To Spacious 2-Br And Sleeps To 7 People

(Please note: The building also houses our HomeAway listing #3751630 which has been in operation since April 2014. Please check the reviews to help you decide. We want to make sure you enjoy your stay in our home and in our city! And check out our new listing #3790035!)

A comfortable and flexible space for travelers who want to enjoy the city from a convenient location but also want to experience something different than the typical hotel room. Ideal for a family or group that wants to soak in Chicago's 'Little Europe' as their base while visiting other sites. Great for folks driving in as garaged parking is included (a premium since parking is expensive anywhere in the city!). Leave your car here and take the 'L' train if you want to go downtown. Or bike anywhere you want--the city is one of the most bike-friendly in the country! We'll provide free use of a bike for riding around and there are also Divvy bikes to rent nearby.

The apartment's configuration is also great for holding events like wine-tasting, a small art showing, etc. or to hold meetings as the front section can be re-arranged quickly to look like an office or an entertainment venue.

Our place is a short stroll away from the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music where you can catch jazz, flamenco, samba, salsa, Cajun, reggae, African and other world music on any given night. The award-winning Half-Acre Brewery is just steps away in the other direction! Then there are countless high-end/ethnic/casual dining spots, grocery shopping, wine bars and pubs, a magnificent library, bookstore, European-style bakeries, candy shop, gelato parlor, an enormous park (great for outdoor activities and various year-round events), and many quaint specialty shops not found in other parts of the city.

Depending on your mood for the day, you might start the morning with a brisk walk thru Welles Park, followed by smoked lox and favorite dark roast across the street at Julius Meinl, make a stop or two at shops in Lincoln Square, have pad thai noodles for lunch at Opart Thai, then take the el-train ride to the Loop (downtown Chicago) for an afternoon at Millennium Park and the Art Institute, then head back to the neighborhood for dinner at Bistro Campagne, capping off the night at Huettenbar for beers. The next day may be a good time to bike around Lincoln Square, have a croissant and coffee at Selmarie, stop in across the street at Merz Apothecary, visit Old Town School of Folk Music to check out the night's performances, then on to early dinner at Mythos Greek Restaurant. Or just go economical and buy groceries/supplies at Jewel Food Stores (a minute walk from the property) and have a cookout in the backyard!

Half-Acre Brewery is 250 feet south and is great for beer lovers... where else can you enjoy three pints of award-winning beer for the $10 admission?!

More Details

Narciso 'Narci' Tavas
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Tagalog (Filipino) and some Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Narciso 'Narci' Tavas

My name is Narciso 'Narci' Tavas. I am a retired electrical engineer who came to the United States from the Philippines thru employment with a global CPG firm with whom I had a long career. I greatly enjoyed the travels that came with my employment. I had memorable stays in Europe, particularly a one-year assignment in the Canary Islands, Spain. I have six children who grew up in Chicago, all of whom live within a short drive of Lincoln Square. I am a widower but happily re-married and live about a two-minute drive from this property. My wife and I enjoy times with the family, grandkids, travel, church functions, dining out and ballroom dancing.

Narciso 'Narci' Tavas purchased this apartment in 1997

Why Narciso 'Narci' Tavas chose Chicago

The family and I love this property because of the neighborhood it's in and the rich experiences we enjoy from living in the area. It has great access to public transportation and is steps away from anything a traveler would want.

What makes this apartment unique

The neighborhood plays a huge part, but the place is special for its openness and multi-faceted history. It had once been a restaurant, business office, an art gallery, wine-tasting site and most importantly, a place for family get-togethers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Quote from a recent visitor:


Hi Narciso,

Yes, I had a great stay at your place and Ro your son was really helpful and welcoming to us. I would definitely stay again and will be in touch before my next visit to see if you have somewhere available. The apartment was great and the kids loved it too. We didn't mind the weather, it was kind of fun!!

Thanks for all the help, it was lovely to deal with people so helpful and welcoming as you and your son.


Jan 2014
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North Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • There are two large partitioned bedrooms, one with two queen-sized sofa beds and the other with one queen-sized sofa and one twin loft bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Great time

  • 5 of 5

The kids and the wife love the location- the landlord was great and was always willing to help with anything we need.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Wellington Florida


  • 5 of 5

Very clean, comfy and close to everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Just as we had hoped

  • 5 of 5

Owner met us at the property when we arrived. He was very friendly and accommodating, making sure we had website we needed. Location was good, lots to eat with in walking distance, trains and bus easily accessible. Apartment was clean and met ore needs perfectly. Beds were suitable.

Only complaint was a loud noise in the kitchen area every time the people above us flushed the toilet. Other than that, we never heard them.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location for college visits!

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location for our college visits. Comfortable stay and friendly helpful owner!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was clean! Location was wonderful! Went and had a blast with my family! Great and safe area! Would highly recommend it! Owner of the place is the nicest person you'll ever meet. He went out of his way to accommodate my family! Will pick this place every time we go to Chicago if we can!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Salem, Oregon

Holidays in Chicago

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at this rental near Lincoln Square the week prior to Christmas. We were visiting family 3 blocks away for the holidays. It is a family run rental and everyone involved was very quick to respond to our emails, texts and phone calls. The apartment is clean and well equipped. It is a very good value for families. There is abundant access to restaurants and things to do in the area. We will definitely be staying there in the future because of the location. We really appreciated Ro's introduction to the apartment and great customer service.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
O'Hare International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
The Tiny Lounge
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Chicago Park District (Waveland Golf Course)
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Brown Line 'L' Train
Nearest Motorway
1.8 Miles
Lake Shore Drive
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Julius Meinl
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: not necessary

This property is located in Lincoln Square, a neighborhood in Chicago's northside that takes pride in its richly interwoven cultures and one-of-a-kind businesses that are endearing even for a diverse city like Chicago. Specialty shops like Merz Apothecary, Ash's Magic Shop, Timeless Toys and Gene's Sausage Shop and Fine Wine Brokers are but a few memorable stops in the area. Lincoln Square is a quaint enclave within a city rich in industry, finance, arts, architecture, blues/jazz, theater and ethnic neighborhoods. Amidst the urban bustle lies Lincoln Square's quiet, tree-lined streets where both residents and visitors enjoy year-round events, shopping, food and music festivals, gourmet and casual dining, neighborhood pubs, park activities, sightseeing, farmers markets, local craft beers and festivities like Oktoberfest that draw crowds from other states and countries. Some call the area 'Little Europe' for its European-style cafes, delis and specialty stores. Over its long and rich history, Lincoln Square has been settled by waves of immigrants from Germany, Greece, Eastern Europe, Asia and Mexico who have enriched the economy and traditions of the neighborhood. Cuisines from all continents are amply represented here.

Lincoln Square is also home to the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, which, since moving to the neighborhood in the late 90's, has made the area a go-to destination for dining and nightlife. Many well-known folk, world, bluegrass, jazz, blues and country musicians from all over the world perform at the Old Town School of Music. Pete Seeger, Ottman Lieber, Mahalia Jackson, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Earl Klugh and Bonnie Koloc, Rickie Lee Jones, to name a few, have held concerts there.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

Minimum average age of 23 for groups staying at the apartment, unless traveling as a family (parents renting for children will not suffice).
We verify age/identity of visitors in the rental party by way of photo ID (such as driver's license or passport). Attempts to conceal age/identity will result in cancellation with fees.
Visitors who are minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.