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Cozy 1 BDR in popular Lincoln Square neighborhood, close to train

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Quiet, Cozy Space Ideal for a Couple But Can Sleep Four

(Please note: This unit sits above our HomeAway listing #3645846 which has been in operation since November 2013. Please check our reviews to help you decide. We want to make sure you enjoy your time in our home and in our city! And check out our new listing #3790035!)

A quiet and comfy space for value seekers who want the full city experience in a cozy and convenient location. Ideal for a couple that wants to soak in Chicago's 'Little Europe' as their base while visiting other sites.

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. 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!

More Details

Narciso 'Narci' Tavas
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Tagalog (Filipino) and some Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 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

Dear Vacationers,

This unit is our second vacation rental, but please see below excerpts from recent reviews of our first unit (#3645846) located on the first floor of the same address. These would give you an idea of what the Lincoln Square neighborhood has to offer as well as our commitment to ensuring you have a memorable stay with us.


"Great apartment. We came to Chicago for the weekend and we made the right choice with the apartment. Quiet area but with lots of bars and restaurants. Ro was a great host, helpful and friendly.

I'll sure keep this place in mind if I need to find and apartment again in Chicago."


" We're decided to take our family to Chicago for a few days for Spring Break. We wanted a place where we could park the car and use the El to get around. We really lucked out here. First of all, the place is family-owned and the brother that met us upon arrival was great. Ro was a personable guy that was insistent if we needed anything to give him a call. He wanted to make sure we enjoyed our stay and it showed. Down about 4 doors from here is the Bad Apple, a really cool little corner bar. Just across from that is Half-Acre brewing. A few blocks in the other direction is Lincoln Square. There are good restaurants and bars everywhere around the place. A Lou Malnadi's is under construction two doors away. We walked around, dining, and enjoying the neighborhood until 10 or 11 at night. We always felt safe and never had any issues in the neighborhood that were concerning. The El is a 3 blocks or so up the road. It's about a 30 minute El ride to the loop. The kids enjoyed the ride down and back each day. I would definitely recommend this place. "


"I just got home after leaving this place today and I couldn't wait to get onto my computer to review it. When we got there, the host "Roe" greeted us with such friendliness that we felt at ease and comfortable at once. The property was clean and well maintained. Roe provided such a good customer service, more than we could have ever asked for. Even though we didn't get to walk around the neighborhood due to our short stay, Roe did tell us all about the cool things we could do around this place. Our stay here was such a delight that our group wants to come back to this place if we plan on coming to Chicago again."

A+++ for the wonderful place

A+++ for a pleasant stay

A+++ for an excellent customer service

Thank you Roe and Virgil for this unforgettable experience. :)
Mar 2014
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North Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Cozy 1 BDR in popular Lincoln Square neighborhood, close to train
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 43 reviews
Corvallis, OR

Great option in Lincoln Square area

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for my trip to Chicago this year. The location is very good since it is close to the Montrose Brown Line and the Ravenswood Metra stop (UP-N), as well as various bus lines. There are many restaurant and bar options nearby, and the new "Malt Row" on Ravenswood is just a few blocks away. The apartment is a nice 1 BDR unit and very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location !!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best stay here. It's so convenient for pubs, restaurants and shops. The station is also just a brief walk to downtown Chicago. Roe made sure we were taken care of and was helpful and informative from start to finish. Will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property was in amazing condition. Everything was clean and can tell it's always well kept.

  • 5 of 5

First off I would like to thank the Tavas family for helping make our trip in Chicago a whole lot easier and fun. The property is an easy location to find and you could probably spend an entire week just soaking in the culture within a couple of blocks. Upon our arrival we met with Ro just outside the apartment and he showed us the ins and outs of our apartment and apartment building. He basically gave us a tour of the entire city which we were very thankful for. The property is in a safe location, my girlfriend and I never felt an ounce of fear walking around late at night. Peace of mind makes the stay that much more enjoyable. When I come back to Chicago I will more than likely stay at this same location. Once again, thank you!


  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Would stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed this place! The apartment is charming, clean and has everything you need.

When we arrived Ro was there to greet us and open up the apartment. He even helped carry our heavy suitcase. He was super kind and helpful in pointing out all the great restaurants in the area. Speaking of area, this place is in a really cool and safe neighborhood. The area is great with lots of street parking, market, restaurants and bars.

One of the days we went into the City on the Brown Line that has a few stations walking distance for the apartment. The Brown Line is super safe, everyone on board appeared to be going to and from work at the end of the day. Buy the 1day pass for $10 and you can also ride the buses free of charge. It was great not having to deal with traffic.

We saw a movie at the local theater that has great stadium seating. You must try the Korean restaurant up the street, and Bad Apple has great burgers. And Lou Malnatis Deep DishPizzeria is right at the corner . We would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago St. Patricks Day Trip

  • 5 of 5

Apartment was PERFECT!! Location was unbelievable! Walking distance next to all types of restaurants, bars, and even 3 breweries! Right when we arrived Ro showed us around and very nice. Overall we had not one complaint! Would stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very small.

  • 2 of 5

Very small space for four people (two max). Small TV is useless in the corner up on the wall.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Potential guests should take this review with a grain of salt. Despite the fact that our listing has photos, and details the square footage of the apartment (400 sq. ft.), this guest decided to reserve the apartment and subsequently comment on its size. But additional background should be noted. After their stay, the guest communicated with us that we should return the Property Damage Protection fee (short-term damage insurance) of $59. Despite his accusations, we pointed out that this fee was not ours and that it was paid to an outside company that works with HomeAway/VRBO. After continued back-and-forth where we pointed out the times he would have been informed of the PDP fee (including the dates for emails he received from the insurance company!) and the fact that he could have opted out of the PDP prior to arrival, we suggested he check with HomeAway/VRBO for any possibility of refund. We heard no more from this guest until this manufactured complaint of a review--apparent retribution for having pointed out his missed observations. It's sad that we must reply to this review since it is disingenuous on it's face, but apparently it meets the guidelines set by HomeAway/VRBO. It's sad also to have witnessed such misdirected behavior and lack of accountability from an obviously intelligent guest. But we take great pride in how we treat our guests and how we make ourselves available for questions/advice during their stay. We feel that our reviews are a testament to this sentiment--this review not withstanding. We ask that future potential guests judge us accordingly. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
O'Hare International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Tiny Lounge
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Brown Line
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

North Center Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Sep 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

After-stay cleaning fee $40
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 16.4%

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.
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