1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-3
About Paul Manning
I'd best describe myself as a responsible professional who enjoys new adventures, hosting friends and family, sports/fitness, and meeting new people. I'm very easy going - rarely getting stressed out or too worked up about anything - lifes too short. I also love Chicago. I take great pride in our city - always happy to share the hot spots, local festivals, tourist locations, vintage shops, restaurants, transportation directions, etc.
Paul Manning purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Paul Manning chose Bucktown
1) I'm originally from Boston, MA. The great people of Chicago are what originally attracted me to the city and they're what keeps me here. No other city of 6 million people will make someone feel so welcome. It offers all the convience and trend of a major international destination but yet often feels more like living in a small midwest farm town. It's a special place. 2) Forbes Magazine recently rated Bucktown/Wicker Park as the 4th hipest hipster neighborhood in the country. Chicago's hottest restaurants, nightlife, and shopping is on our doorstep. 3) The house I purchased was built in 1892. It's an historic workers cottage originally home to some of Chicago's hardest working immigrants. As neighborhoods transition these historic homes are disappearing. The opportunity to preserve this piece of Chicago history was something I was most attracted to.
What makes this Apartment unique
- Easy Parking - 50' Flat Screen with free premium channels (Netflix) - Bluetooth compatable speaker system - Sectional sofa comfortable for sleeping or watching movies, sporting events, etc - Kitchenette with refrigerator and small cook space - Desk and free wifi provide for comfortable business travel accommodations. - Custom guidebook 'Best of Bucktown Inn' for guest reference. - Apartment fully stocked with complementary snacks, coffee, tea, beer, soda, and bottled water - Located steps from Chicago's best entertainment, dining destinations, and botique shopping.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Hosting travelers from all over the world has been an amazing experience - we're truly thankful for the impact many have had on our lives. If you choose to stay with us our goal is simply to make you feel as comfortable as possible and for you to enjoy your time in Chicago. In exchange we ask only a few things: 1) Communicate any special needs or issues immediately so we can address them. 2) Treat the apartment with respect. Be careful not to spill food or beverages. Please throw away all trash and quickly clean up any mess before checking out. Any guest that leaves the apartment damaged or in poor condition will be reported and negatively reviewed across all travel sites. 3) Use provided blankets for pets who prefer to sit on the couch and please refrain from allowing access to the bed. 4) Have fun! We understand and expect guests on vacation might play their music a little louder or laugh a lot later. We totally recognize some people party and come home late while others would just prefer to stay in and watch a movie surrounded by theater sound. Whatever reason for your travel to Chicago we encourage you to please feel at home here - we're here to serve you.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Cozy spot on a quiet street in a hip neighborhood!
My parents stayed here while visiting me in Chicago. It was a perfect place for them to crash at night. Very close to everything you need, including the blue line which brings you downtown in no time. Thanks Paul!
Such a blessing!
Every step of the way, Paul was friendly, patient, and respectful. Upon arrival, he met me at the door and helped me downstairs with my large and very heavy bag. It seemed like no big deal to him, but it really signaled to me that he was a gracious host! The apartment was perfect for a single or even a small group. Literally everything one could need was provided, but if not, Paul was more than willing to give. I slept better in their bed than I do my own, and the large couch was so comfortable for curling up to read a book. I loved the kitchenette because there was a sink, tea kettle, mini fridge, and stove/oven, and pots/baking sheet, and dishes! I was able to reheat my leftovers from Carson's in the oven and it was just as delicious! I feel like I was blessed by God to have discovered such a gem of a home and good people in Chicago!
Paul was very nice and accomodating. An air conditioning unit sat on teh floor and had to run constantly ..was very loud. Place was clean and well appointed but needed refreshing with carpet, broken closet door, poor shower tile.
Good home-base in a fun and safe Chicago neighborhood.
My life experience has taught me that unmet expectations lead to the greatest of disappointments and frustrations. So, as long as you read the reviews and have realistic expectations for what this rental can offer, you will likely be as pleased with your experience as I was.
If you are looking for a luxurious, modern, and private place to stay, keep looking. If you are looking for a place to stay near the fun activities Chicago has to offer while staying in a safe place with free parking, this may be the place for you.
If you have mobility issues, cross this place off your list! Just inside the doorway is the doorway to the basement apartment. The spiral staircase is STEEP and awkward. If you don't mind the narrow staircase, read on.
This apartment is in a historic home and the floors above creek and are not sound proof. We heard the dog above scratching his ears and running around. We love dogs so it didn't bother us too much except when we were trying to fall asleep or stay asleep in the morning. Again, it wasn't a major deal, but If I was looking for a peaceful, quiet stay, I would have been disappointed. We could also hear the owner walking around and entertaining guests in the evening which might frustrate some people. If fairness, I don't think he thought we were back yet. Once I texted and hold him we were calling it a night, things quieted down quickly.
It was just me and my teenage daughter for the weekend, so we didn't need anything too fancy. We liked the feeling of the place in that it was homey and not sterile like some hotels can feel. However, it is important to have realistic expectations: the furniture is worn, the carpet is not perfect, & the tile in the shower is older. If felt clean, just not in pristine condition.
Another expectation to adjust: the kitchenette does not include a microwave. Pack your own beverages as well. I was expecting cold water and soda in the fridge when we arrived and there was only a couple beers, so that was a let down after a long drive in. But there again, adjust the expectation and it's fine...
We enjoyed the big couch and access to Netflix to catch up on some shows when we got back for the day. Paul was nice enough to come down and show me how to work the TV remote and fix a burned out light. His booklet featuring all the fun things to do in the area was super entertaining and helpful. He seems to enjoy hosting :)
Bottom line: Great location. Comfy & down to earth accommodation.
Not awful, not great
• Great neighborhood w/ abundance of bars & restaurants.
• Plenty of free street parking right in front of the house.
• Good water pressure & plenty of hot water.
• Nice plush bath towels.
• Nice big flat-screen TV.
• Unit mostly clean w/ a couple of exceptions.
• Owner was very easy-going & quick to respond to questions.
• Unit was not ready for us to check in until 5pm, as cleaning crew was running behind due to bad weather/traffic (reasons given by owner). This was not a big deal, but if you are going to delay check in because the cleaning crew needs more time, then you should really make sure place is in tip-top shape when you eventually let guests in.
• First let-down came when opening the fridge, as it was not stocked as pictured in the listing. Rather than a nice selection of soft drinks, bottled water, etc., it was completely empty save 5 cans of Coors Light. Snack basket was also not stocked as pictured in listing.
• No paper towels, dishtowels, or tissues, and no dish soap were provided. Host did bring us about a 1/3 of a roll of paper towels when we asked for some, but again, it was a bit of a let-down to have to ask for stuff like this, especially after check-in was pushed back to give the cleaning crew time to get the unit ready. Had we known this would be the case, we could have run to a convenience store to stock up on our own drinks/snacks/supplies while waiting for cleaning crew to finish.
• Mattress is extremely soft and lumpy. You can actually see the waves in it. Despite preferring a firmer bed, I actually slept pretty comfortably, but be advised that if you do not tend to sleep well on a soft mattress, then this bed is probably not for you.
• Staircase in/out of the unit is very tight & steep. Getting luggage down/up is no easy task and if mobility is at all an issue for you, getting down & back up, even without a bag, will be a challenge.
• Ceiling is also very low. I kept hitting the hair dryer on the ceiling when styling my hair.
• Furniture is heavily worn w/ lots of knicks, and there’s no nightstand by the bed.
• There was only 1 plate & 2 bowls in the kitchen, and 1 of the bowls was chipped as noted by a previous reviewer.
• Carpet also ripped as stated by another reviewer, and not just in one spot but several.
• Loud, high-pitch squeal in the pipes when using shower.
• To access backyard, you must go thru owner’s basement/laundry room & also pass the entryway to his kitchen.
Great cozy place!
Location can’t be beat. Lots of restaurants, bars, etc. within walking distance. Fantastic quiet neighborhood. The apartment had all of the amenities we needed. Would definitely come again!
Wicker Park/Bucktown was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as the fourth “Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods” in the country. It is a safe, vibrant area full of record shops, boutiques, great vintage shopping, art galleries, music venues, neighborhood bars, and book stores. You can find the best restaurants in the city here. It also has many attractive outdoor spaces, including Wicker Park, Holstein Park (with swimming pool), and the brand new Bloomingdale Trail.