Condominium, 4 Bedrooms, 4.0 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 16)
Carole Heiman Kezios
About Carole Heiman Kezios
Wow, who would have thought when I told my husband I wanted to buy a little pied-a-terre in his hometown, Athens, Greece, that I'd end up with the greatest accidental career of my life? Born and raised in Chicago, my love for travel was evident early on. Perhaps it was my arrival in the world, early one December morning, way quicker than my siblings had, in fact so quick we were still enroute to the hospital, and I still hold the title of youngest patient ever admitted to that north suburban hospital! (And thus, as a Sagittarius, characteristically smitten with wunderlust). I traveled my home country extensively with my family as a child, and was fortunate to have parents who encouraged us to study a second language young - while my language of choice as a child was French, my culture of choice was Greek - My earliest jobs were always in Chicago's Greek diners, my university days filled with hours playing backgammon in the cafeteria with my Greek friends, and my Eurail passes always started and ended my European backpacking holidays in Greece. So no one was surprised when I met Basil, a romantic writer but practicing translator and linguist, born and bred in Athens, but transplanted to Chicago, fell in love, and married him. While our life in Chicago was full, rehabbing a warehouse we purchased for house ourselves, our son and our growing Greek translation agency, I longed to plant some roots for our family in Basil's hometown. A small studio overlooking Mount Lykavittos was to be our Athens crash pad, but thanks to what seemed then an unfortunate turn of events, our home in Athens ended up being the beautiful Athens First Luxury Duplex. Larger than we had planned, offering it as a short term furnished rental seemed the logical way to afford it. Little did we realize that it would become so popular we'd be sleeping on friend's couches rather than in our own Athens home!
Why Carole Heiman Kezios chose Near North Side
Twelve years passed as our accidental Greek Vacation Rentals business grew, our son moved on to a life of his own, and our rehabbed factory dream home was suddenly too large for just the two of us. We have been lovingly de-converting our original living space into 4 apartments, 3 fabulous vacation rental lofts and a one bedroom for ourselves.
What makes this Condo unique
These fabulous homes are located in what is now considered "ground zero" for everything Chicago. We are at the crossroads of 4 great neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Old North, River North & River West and an easy walk or short drive to Wicker Park, Bucktown, DePaul and Wrigleyville. We are surrounded by great restaurants, bars & cafes, have two flagship supermarkets, Whole Foods & Marianos, and great live theater like Steppenwolf, the Royal George & IO Theater as well as the brand new Arclight Theaters & Kings Bowl. We are a shopping mecca, whether you love browsing home furnishings & accessories, clothes, shoes or outdoor gear, we have something for everyone - so much so that our area is now known as "Little Michigan Avenue" to the locals. And finally, our apartments: Our years in the vacation rental world and as travelers have taught us that while it is great to be able to sleep a larger group (6, 8, 10 or even 12 guests), it's also important that there be a comfortable space for everyone to relax together. Each of our homes features a large open living room area with seating for as many guests the property sleeps, and our dining room tables will always accommodate the same number - so meals can be enjoyed together.
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There were five kids and four adults in our party, we had comfortable space to make our trip to Chicago easy and enjoyable.
Nicely furnished and maintained.
Perfect stay for big groups
We had an amazing stay at Magic Factory Lofts and the hosts, Carole and Basil were fantastic and helpful throughout the whole process.
We had 16 guests and the apartment had plenty of beds, great kitchen and bathrooms, and a perfect open area for everyone to gather and hang out.
The location is very convenient and a short walk or ride to anywhere you would be visiting while in Chicago.
I would highly recommend staying here.
Owner is very easy to communicate with and very friendly and helpful. We had a large group of 16 in town for a bachelorette party and the loft was the perfect place to stay. We enjoyed hanging out in the kitchen and great room and slept well as the bed was quite comfy. The place was equipped with everything we could have needed. Great location-we walked to Target and a few restaurants. It was just a quick ride into River North, Lincoln Park, and Old Town. I would definitely rent from Carole again!
We had a wonderful stay! The location was perfect and the condo was great for 14 ladies. It was clean, beds were comfortable, and anything you could think of, they had there for us. Would recommend to others and will definitely stay here again the next time we visit Chicago! Thank you Carole and basil for being such great hosts!
Thanks for your review Emily -
Basil and I were happy that we could help make your Chicago stay a great one. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime - either in our Chicago Magic Factory Lofts or on one of our realgreece trips!
Great property for a large group
Generally a great stay. Check in is a little complicated. Good location, large space, comfortable for large groups.
Great place to stay
Great place to stay in the city. Close by everything that you want to experience in Chicago.
The neighborhood is great: Vibrant and alive, with plenty to do, to eat, to drink & to be entertained by: Plus, everything you need is right here: We've got the second largest Whole Foods market around the corner with it's fabulous food court (5 dining options) and tables along the riverfront, a great neighborhood pub & wine bar, as well as Marino's Market and a Super Target for shopping.
When your stomach growls food options abound from great casual places like SoNo Woodfired, Burger Bar, Uncle Julio's, Dinosaur BBQ, Nando's PeriPeri, Earl's, Yard House, Lyfe Kitchen as well as Mouse Trap / Off Color Brewery's taproom along with Goose Island Brewery if you'd like to sample a local Chicago beer. There's also a several great live theater venues up the street including Steppenwolf and the Royal George as well as comedy & improv stages at the I/O Theater. The Mag Mile, Millennium Park, Chicago's amazing lakefront and Navy Pier, as well as the city's finest museums are all just minutes away - but you're still in a funky friendly neighborhood with great little local shops & cafes as opposed to being in the high rise heartland. Sports fans will love our proximity to Wrigley Field (3 stops on the train) and Soldier's Field and the United Center are minutes by car or cab.
Our proximity to everything and the great public transportation nearby means you don't need a car, but if you are bringing one there is plenty of safe, free parking on our street, and we have an an off street parking space you can add to your reservation (fee).