Perfectly located, beautifully remodeled 2BR unit in a 1906 building. Great for a solo traveler, but spacious and comfy for several more. Custom built furniture, posturepedic beds for 5, and a fantastic deck overlooking a lovely backyard in an idyllic neighborhood make this a most pleasant Chicago stay.
Parking is easily found in front of my building on Racine Ave. It's free and does not require a permit.
The first thing I did when I bought this place was rip out the storm windows and screens, and install beautiful new windows. Light is everything to me. In the morning, the living room is bright and vibrant. All three windows open wide to the sounds of the street.
The kitchen, dining room, and outdoor patio are almost like one room. I leave the back door, French doors, and both screen doors open almost all day long, letting in the breeze, the light, and the sounds of the back yard. It makes for a wonderful indoor/outdoor sensation, which you can get away with for much of the year because of the radiant heating in the building.
The backyard itself is also lovely, with a flagstone firepit and walks, as well as a few benches to sit and enjoy the shade in.
Coffee! I provide this free of charge. I've got a Keurig machine, and an Italian style espresso maker.
Beers! Please feel free to grab one or two. If you feel like abusing the privilege, that's fine too. Just leave a few bucks in the cookie jar. Also, please be 21.
20 MB/s wifi. This is the good stuff
Apple TV, including Netflix and HBOGO.
Basic Cable TV....none of the good stuff. Use Apple TV for that.
Home Audio Systems. For the living room, you can connect your phone or ipad via wifi. I have a bluetooth boombox (little guy kicks) in the kitchen area.
Bicycle(s)! Chicago has one of those city shared bike services, called Divvy. I provide one free pass for all guests who stay with me. If more folks need a bike, no problem....just use the kiosk which is a half block away by the bike station.
I'll be Johnny on the spot via phone or text, but I likely won't be there in person as when I'm not living in my space, I'm usually in SF or other places.
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I would certainly appreciate that any smoking is done out on the back deck, and prefer that no pets come. I can make an exception to that if the situation is right.
Hello! A few years back, I founded a company called Peak Design that makes accessories for the photographic and outdoor industries. We're based in San Francisco, but I split my time between there and Chicago so that I can spend half my month with my daughter Josephine. Her mom and I live a few blocks apart in Chicago, and I live a few blocks from my work in San Francisco.
Airbnb has given me the opportunity to make this an affordable situation, and I'm grateful for it and the other marvels of the modern world that allow me to live in SF half the time and still have a full time relationship with my daughter.
In Chicago, I built the majority of the furniture. In fact, the kitchen table, nightstands, writing desk, both beds, and the art project on the wall were all created in my basement workshop...all from wood that I found on the premises when I moved in! This is part midwestern frugality (I grew up in Minneapolis), and part disdain for trips to the lumberyard.
In San Francisco, I live with friends and colleagues. All of us travel frequently, which is why too often our place is vacant, and that's a crying shame, because it is a truly beautiful home. We love the idea of sharing our home with the world through airbnb.
I try to take great care of my places, and I hope to find guests who appreciate their cleanliness and simplicity.
Thanks much for having a look around!