Note: this home was built in the 1800s! There is a low part in the ceiling of this lower level bedroom. You can see it in the pictures. If you are 6'2/6'3 or over, you will have to bend slightly.The basement location and insulating brick walls mean you will be naturally cool in the summer (no window and no AC in this room) and warm in the winter (you control your own heat).  A fan is provided.
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1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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1 bath
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PERFECT home base for Chicago adventures & PREMIUM location in the epicenter of Oak Park - America's home of prairie architecture! Beautiful park/Frank Lloyd Wright homes are directly outside your door and you are only a 25-minute train ride to Millenium Park & all of Chicago! Eclectic garden level (shared) apartment decorated with fun and funky furnishings. Private Bedroom with new double size bed, deluxe bedding, towels. Shared bathroom, living room, and kitchenette. View my other 2 listings!

The space

The space

Built in 1887, this LOWER LEVEL unit is decorated with fun and funky treasures I have picked up on my travels. With exposed brick walls and eclectic furnishings, my house has charm and moxy! I have tried to think of every detail to make you feel right at home. I hope you love it! Note: My home was built in the 1887. The ceiling is low in some parts of this lower level apartment! If you are 6'3 or over you are going to have to duck! See pictures.

*Private Bedroom (NO SMOKING)
*Shared Bathroom (towels, shampoo, and hairdryer provided!)
*Shared living room
*Shared kitchenette
*Hi speed WiFi included (Free!)
*Laundry included (Free! Soap included!)

1) Bedroom:

*Exposed brick wall!
*New Double Sized Mattress
*400 thread count 100% cotton sheets
*Eclectic furnishings: vintage 1950s furniture, decorations and art. Some art features Chicago
*reading lamps, vintage decor, vintage chair, large dresser. Hanging rod for hanging your clothes
*Heat: you control your own heat
*Air conditioning: There is no air conditioning in this room. The room stays naturally cool. I provide a fan for your increased comfort.
*Hangers, a fan and extra blankets and pillows are provided.
*Extra blankets, extra pillows are in the bottom drawer of the dresser.

2) Bathroom:

Shared with 2 other rooms
Petite bathroom with a large, walk-in shower. As a courtesy to others, please clean up after yourself.

Note: My home was built in the 1887. The ceiling is low in some parts of this lower level apartment! See pictures.

3) Kitchenette:

This shared kitchenette has everything you need to enjoy a simple meal:
*Refrigerator, microwave, American coffee pot (coffee and tea included), kettle, hot plate, panini press, pots, pans, dishes, flatware, antique French farm table for dining.
*You wash your own dishes
*Coffee and condiments are provided

4) Living Room:

*Exposed brick walls!
*Shared with 2 other rooms
*Comfortable love-seat couch
*two chairs
*lamps and overhead lights
*vintage artwork

Guest access

Self Check-in!!! Very convenient for you! You will get full details 7 days before your stay.
Entrance to the apartment is in the BACK of the house.

Check in
*After 4:00 p.m. (16:00)
*Early check-in MIGHT be possible. Ask first
*Bag drop off can be arranged

Check out:
11:00 a.m.
*Late check out MIGHT be possible. Ask first.
*Easy check-out. Just clean out your food, lock the door and leave :)

This is a townhouse, so, you will see my neighbors. Please be quiet and do not smoke. They are nice neighbors, but they like quiet guest!

If you drive, you can use the public garage. $16.00 for 24 hours

Interaction with guests

I leave you alone, but I live in the upstairs of this building, so I am frequently home to help. I do work a lot, so if I am not around, you can text or email me for help. If I happen to be out of town, I will leave information for who you should contact for help.

Other things to note

My loveable golden doodle dog lives upstairs but she does not have access to your space. If there is a storm, she might get scared and go to the laundry room, but that's as far as she will go :)


Amenities
Wireless Internet
Kitchen
Hangers
Dryer

Prices
Extra people ₹669 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee ₹1673
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

- - This list is everything you need to be a good guest in my home. It is all very basic etiquette and easy to follow! This unit is in the basement/lower level There is NO partying, NO loud music, NO drugs. My neighbors will call the police for noise violations!! This is a very friendly location but neighbors like it quiet. I cannot stress this enough: if you are looking to party, this owner-occupied townhome is NOT FOR YOU. If you are a quiet traveler looking for a restful, quaint accommodation, this is your place. :) *******There is NO smoking in the unit or on the property. This is a town home with rules against smoking in common areas. To smoke, you must walk to the park across the street from the home****** - This is an old home with older plumbing. You can flush ONLY the toilet paper I provide. You must not flush ANYTHING else! If you use a Clorox wipe or paper towel to clean after yourself in the bathroom, put those items in the garbage... not the toilet. Ladies... NO sanitary items can be flushed of any kind (even if the package says they can be flushed!!!!!). If I have to call a plumber because something other than bodily fluids and the provided tissue get flushed, you will be charged the fee for the plumber. *This lower-level (basement) room is professionally cleaned before you move in. If you want fresh sheets or towels during your stay, you must do your own laundry with provided soap. - Help me keep costs low. Turn off all lights when not in use. - Clean your dishes in the kitchenette, dry them, and put them away so they are ready for the next guest. This includes plates, bowls, glasses, coffee cups, coffee pot, and wiping out the microwave. Also, take your trash out if you throw away food or something with odor. - Clean after yourself in the bathroom. This includes: cleaning water off the floor, wiping the sink for the next guest, putting both toilet seats down, cleaning the toilet after yourself, wiping the mirror if needed, and closing the shower curtain. -These simple tidying steps make the space neat for the next guest and if you don't do these simple things, you might be charged an extra cleaning fee. - You have access to the lower level of the home only. Within the unit, quiet hours are from 10:30 pm - 7 am. Please see my previous comments about noise and the neighbors. It is best to think of the outside as always having quiet hours. -

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The apartment is in the basement (lower level). There are 5 stairs down into the unit
Potential for noise - I live upstairs. You might hear faint footsteps above.
Pet(s) live on property - My golden doodle dog lives upstairs with me. She does not have access to your room or apartment.
No parking on property - There is a parking garage one block from the home. 2 hour parking on street during the day. NO overnight parking on the street. Use the garage.
Some spaces are shared - Bathroom, living room, kitchenette, laundry shared. Please read "additional rules" about cleaning up.
Amenity limitations - There is no AC in your bedroom and no AC in the living spaces.

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

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Priyanjali User Profile
August 2017
I stayed at Tara's place for a little more than 2 weeks! It's a really nice place and is exactly what it looks like in the photos. She makes sure that everything is clean and up to standards. The home is in a very pretty neighborhood and everything you need is walkable distance away! It is calm and perfect for students like me.
Tara User ProfileTara is a superhost.
Response from Tara:
I really enjoyed having you. Good luck with your studies and come back anytime!
August 2017

José User Profile
October 2017
All of the place are really good thanks Tara

Jason User Profile
October 2017
Overall, I enjoyed my stay here. The place was clean, quiet, and quite unique. Host communication was great and all needs were anticipated and provided for. Do take note of the height restrictions. I'm 6'1" and I had to be very careful in the bathroom and shower. Another note is that there are several oil diffusers and such, so a word of caution if you're sensitive to strong scents.

Luis User Profile
September 2017
Good place

Christina User Profile
September 2017
Really cute room and Tara was very thorough with the check-in process. Location was a bit far from the events we were in Chicago for and nightlife, but otherwise a really cute and quiet neighborhood.

Ben User Profile
September 2017
Tara is a wonderful host! Everything was exactly what I expected if not better. Self check in was easy and pain free. Although we didn't get a chance to meet Tara in person, she was always quick to reply to my messages and was very helpful and accommodating. Comfortable bed, clean room, and an easy walk to the green line station to get you anywhere in the city. Would highly recommend this room. A great value not far from downtown Chicago! Hope to stay again soon!

Beth User Profile
September 2017
Tara's accommodations are perfect. They're located very near to public transportation, as well as local shops and restaurants. The city is just a short 30-minute train ride away. The place is adorably decorated and has everything that's needed for a weekend trip. I would highly recommend! (One note: I would not recommend this place if you're a really tall person. Because it's a basement apartment, the ceilings are low. Thankfully, I'm not tall. :D )

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Oak Park, Illinois, United StatesJoined in June 2013
Tara User ProfileTara is a superhost.

I am a public school teacher (literature and writing) and mom with a passion for traveling. I love talking to new people, making new friends, and learning about new places. You will find me to be communicative, friendly, and respectful.

As a teacher, I love that Air B n B has opened the world to budget minded travelers. I don't think you should have to be able to afford a fancy hotel to have a travel adventure!!! My philosophy as a host is to offer quality accommodations at a fantastic price. My hope is that you love your room for all these reasons plus many more. See you soon!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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