Across the street from CTA train. It runs every 6-10 minutes most of the day, 8-14 minutes late night, the best way to get around. Now another reason to stay here: Lagunitas Brewery and Taproom, opened June 2014. If you like beer, it's heaven.
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We travel a lot, we know what people need. We've been doing this a while, we know what people want. Simply put, we do it right. The reviews speak for themselves.
You can rent an entirely furnished, really cool, comfortable apartment designed for travelers, for a great price. It's a really nice, really big place for one person, big enough for 7 persons (but ONLY one bathroom). Nobody lives in the apartment, it's used solely for vacation rental guests, so it's not full of other people's stuff that you have to deal with.
There is always someone upstairs (well not Always, we go out during the day a lot) if you need anything or have any problems, questions, etc.
The house was built in 1893. That's old in Chicago. It's a large, clean apartment in a large, old house, across the street from a CTA pink line train, so close you can set your watch by it. Takes 15-20 minutes to get downtown on the train, closer than Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Logan Square and many more neighborhoods.
Kathleen, Craig, Aaron the cat and Mr.Sanchez the female dog, all live on the top floor in a separate apartment, and are always willing to help you out with anything at all. We don't double book the apartment, it is all yours, with a separate entrance and a separate key to come and go as you want.
The apartment has new central heating and air conditioning. The apartment has super-fast wireless Internet and cable television.
It's a train lover's paradise! Watch the Amtrak, Metra and the freight trains roll through on the north side from the 6' tall windows, or watch the city's CTA trains come and go from the front porch or the yard on the south side! Yes, they make some noise. 16-19 minutes from the city center on the CTA train. Three bikes available if you're adventurous. Fully functional and equipped kitchen in the apartment if you want to cook your own meals. Large supermarket nearby. 1/2 block to Douglas Park. 3 blocks to the brand new Lagunitas Brewery and taproom. Very good Mexican restaurants super-close, the great Italian restaurants in the heart of the Chicago neighborhood are five minutes away with the bikes, less than 20 minutes on foot.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Craig and Kathleen
The CTA train station is 30 yards (27 meters) from our front door. Doesn't get any more convenient than that.
Don't sit around all day watching T.V.
Don't hesitate to ask for whatever you need.
Don't be pigs, don't be assholes.
It's OK to be stupid to a certain degree.
Get out there and enjoy the city.
We enjoyed staying with Craig and Kathleen, it's a pretty cool place from which to explore Chicago. There is plenty of room to move about - we both like a little privacy to think and write, and appreciated the several rooms to share, with all the facilities on offer ... even fifteen or so different flavours of tea to taste and enjoy, and the thoughtful, huge basket of fruit provided for us. We didn't see much of Kathleen, who had appointments in New York and Boston during our stay, but Craig was generous with his time, took us to the local supermarket which though only ten minutes walk away, has a couple of twists and turns enroute so we appreciated his thoughtfulness. The supermarket, by the way, is a big one with plenty of Mexican specialties in the fruit and vegie department. The apartment is literally a stone's throw from a railway station, from there it's 20 - 25 minutes into the city We'd love to go back..
Great time at Craig's place. Very easy to get around with metro line right outside the house and an Uber rides always just a few minutes away. Love the brewery and brew pub right a few blocks away. Excellent little Mexican bakery just around the corner and down the main drag. Great breakfast places just a metro stop or two away. Heads-up, trains run close by, can be noisy at first but you get used to them super quick. Thanks Craig!
We all had a wonderful time on our trip to Chicago for Thanksgiving and Craig & Kathleen's was the perfect place to stay! The location is perfect - it's right by the CTA which is a great way to get around and trains run frequently to the city. The apartment is really nicely decorated and has everything you need, including a full kitchen which was useful for our attempt at Thanksgiving dinner. Craig was really welcoming and made us feel at home. Would definitely stay again!
We had a great stay in Chicago. Craig was always very fast at responding to any of our questions and was very accommodating. Towels, sheets, pillows were all very clean. He also let us use his garage to park our rental car in.
Once again we had a wonderful stay at Craig and Kathleen's , we were greeted on our first day with a warm welcome and our hosts took us to the new brewery / bar and treated us to a lovely meal and a variety of beers. Craig and Kathleen go the extra mile to ensure their guests are comfortable and supply lots of information on the Chicago area, we will be back again.
Really enjoyed staying with Craig and Kathleen. Although we never met Kathleen during our stay, Craig spent time making us feel comfortable and welcome, learned about us and our trip and gave great recommendations and even left newspaper articles at the door for us with tips specific to our trip (we came for the marathon, and some sightseeing).
Would recommend staying with Craig and Kathleen while you're in Chicago. The apartment (feels more like a small house) has a great vintage feel to it (we loved the record player) and is covered in unique photos of Chicago. They stocked the kitchen with all the coffee, tea and fresh fruit we could want and even had milk, bagels and cream cheese, and OJ waiting in the fridge for us.
Plenty of space for up to 6, even 8 people and you literally walk out the door to the train station that's a 20-25 min ride to the loop. Also walking distance to a grocery store and a great park where I got in my last few runs before the marathon.
Bottom line, friendly and very hospitable hosts with a great apartment in a convenient location.
Craig & Kathleen are great hosts and smart, entertaining, and friendly people. They clearly have worked very hard to make their space welcoming and accommodating. The space is large, light, and well decorated with Craig's photography. The kitchen is perfect for those who like to cook on vacation; coffee snobs will love the multiple brewing methods available (yay!). They have all your basic needs covered like dish soap, shampoo (discovered a new favorite shampoo there), and the softest bath towels ever.
The location is awesome, just a couple of doors from a cta station and multiple bus lines (public transit in Chicago is great we didn't use a car at all and went all over the city). There are also restaurants and groceries within easy walking distance.
We would highly recommend staying here.
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Artists who have to work for a living. Dog and cat unemployed. As good Chicagoans, all four of us support Obama, so if you're Republican, you might want to stay somewhere else, ...like, uh, maybe Kentucky. Just to clarify, we've been to Kentucky and it's a very nice place to visit.