• Accommodates
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Size
    18 m²
  • Floor No.
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking available
  • Towels
  • Smoking allowed
Property summary
Address Highland Ave, IL 60304 Oak Park, United States
Property type Private room
Property ID 3TAPQ1KG
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This property is managed by Tamara. Tamara will arrange to give you the key to the property upon arrival.
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Acceptance rate 56%
Response time A few hours
Calendar updated A week ago
Our bohemian style home is a great home for the independent traveler. It has a twin bed.

The vibe is more of a laid back and artsy kind of place with 5 private rooms (which can be viewed under listings). There are times when the house is full of people and others when there might be only a few. During high season (summer, Lollapalooza for example) the house may be very busy giving you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.

We have dogs and cats in case of allergies or sensitivities. They are not allowed in the bedrooms.

We are just a 3 minute walk to the Blue Line train. Please note that because we are so close to the train, you will hear some noise. This is the price we pay for this amazing convenience. This is the train that takes you directly to O'Hare airport and also into downtown Chicago in about 17 minutes. To come from Midway you would take the Orange Line and switch for the Blue Line at Van Buren and continue on. It's also a 5 minute drive to the 290 on ramp.

We are very convenient to all the attractions such as the Sears "Willis" Tower, Millenium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (with the free flying butterflies. Best nature museum and I've been to many) and Navy Pier, just to name a few (and that's really just a few. There are so many more things to do!)

We are walking distance to the Jewel and CVS (about 5 blocks). Next door to the Jewel is a Budget/Avis car rental for those times you just want to drive around. I can get you free parking for up to 30 days.

We are around the corner from Yoga Trek (has drop in classes), Val's Halla records (if you're into music, this is a must see place) some great restaurants, La Majda for Mexican, Italian and The Buzz Cafe (great free range beef burger, gluten free, organnic) for Eclectic fare, and just one train stop away from Brazilian, American, more Mexican food, Hole in the Wall for ice cream (yum) and a Pans, a small family owned grocery store. A laundry is next to the Brazilian restaurant. Don't forget to try the passion fruit mousse - delicious! 2 stops away is the best breakfast ever at Amelia's.

For the architecture buff, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio is located here in Oak Park along with many of his buildings. Guided tours are available.

It's also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway

All reservations must go through WIMDU including last minute reservations.

When corresponding, please offer the password, "Al was a chicken" so I know that you have fully read this description.

Please do ask any questions you can think of.
Thanks so much!
House rules
Our house rules are simple and are in place to make this a wonderful experience for both the host and guest.

Please lock the doors at all times. To lock from the outside, push the button that says Schlage. Then turn the latch. To lock from the inside, simply turn the latch.

Bathroom: As a courtesy to the other guests in the house, please limit your time in the bathroom. We only have one shower, so if you could shower quickly or in 'off' hours that is very much appreciated, especially by those who are here for work and not just pleasure. Please be conservative with water as Lake Michigan is at an all time low. We do not have drains in our bathroom floors. Please do not throw water all around the bathroom. Please make sure the shower curtain is closed and water does not get all over the floor as it will damage the ceiling below. Remove your hair from the drain and put it in the garbage can. I would expect that having to remove someone else's hair from the drain before you showered would not be pleasant for you so I ask for this courtesy for the next person. Please keep the toilet seat closed. Only toilet paper in the toilet. Everything else, dental floss, hair, female products are to go in the garbage can. You are welcome to use the towels in the bathroom. When you are done, please put the towel on the hook behind the door so that I can wash it.

Smoking. Smoking is allowed outside. All I ask is that you dispose of cigarette butts properly in the garbage cans in the alley. Please do not put out cigarettes in my garden or on my house. Do not throw them in the street, the sewer or the neighbor's lawn. If you are found to be smoking inside any parts of the house, including lighting cigarettes in the kitchen, blowing smoke out the window and/or the enclosed front porch, I will immediately contact airbnb and politely ask you to leave immediately without any refund. Do not dismantle the smoke alarm - ever. There are not exceptions to this rule.

Kitchen use: You are welcome to use the kitchen. You may use either paper plates and disposable silverware or regular plates. Please clean up after yourself and dispose of garbage properly. I do not save disposable dishes, cups, silverware. Please throw them away. The dish soap is in the glass fish container. The pump is for hand soap. The garbage can is next to the sink. Please do not let water run constantly as we do try to conserve water. You may also store your items in the refrigerator if your room does not have mini-fridge. Please put your name on the items. Do not use any other items in the fridge other than items you have purchased for yourself. This includes condiments. You may not cook in the middle of the night. This disrupts people who are trying to sleep.

Cancellation: I have a strict cancellation policy in effect. Please refer to Wimdu's rules.

Clothing: You must wear clothing at all times. Boxer shorts are underpants and are not acceptable to wear outside of your room. Please put on a shirt and shorts/pants when in common areas.

Curfew: While there is no curfew in the house, please be very quiet when you come in so you don't wake anyone else up in the house. As a night owl myself, I understand being up late and doing things. However, you will never hear me make a sound. So it is not a good idea to talk loudly on the phone, or Skype or play your computer loudly.

Check out time is 10 am. Check in time is 2 pm.

This is very important. Please do not let my dogs upstairs. Do not take it upon yourself to let them in the house. Do not go into any areas marked private. Do not go out the back door and do not go into the yard. While I might let my tiny dogs upstairs once in a while, the big dogs are not allowed in the upstairs area at any time.

Thank you so much and I look forward to meeting you!

Weekly rate for 1 guest $ 253 US
Monthly rate for 1 guest $ 1010 US
Price for > 1 guests $ 28 US per guest/night extra
Check-in after 2 PM
Check-in before On arrangement
Check-out before 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
Available for check–in
Reviews of this property
January 2015
8 Very good

The room is clean, spacious and well-equiped. There is a spacious closet and a comfortable bed. The refrigerator and the microwave work. The house, located in the quiet suburb of Oak Park, is close to downtown thanks to its close proximity to the Blue Line el.
Tamara is a great hostess. She is personable and concerned about the comfort of her guests. For example, when the microwave in my room « died », she replaced it the same day. She keeps the bathroom clean and provides clean linen each week. She is always just a text message away. I am so pleased with my stay with Tamara that I have extended it.

December 2014

Tamara war sehr freundlich.
Das Badezimmer, was ich mir mit den männlichen Mitbewohnern des Hause teilte, war sehr schmutzig. Die Dusche (Badewanne) konnte ich überhaupt nicht benutzen. Das WC war ebenfalls verschmiert und dreckig.
Da ich vor meiner Abreise keine Gelegenheit hatte Tamara auf die Unsauberkeit anzusprechen, erfolgte das erst bei Abreise.
Daraufhin meinte sie, dass ich das Bad unten bei ihr hätte benutzen könne. Sie habe es mir vermutlich vergessen zu sagen.
Das Zimmer ist zum Nachbarzimmer und Flur nur durch Falttüren getrennt, was es etwas hellhörig macht.

April 2014
10 Excellent

Tamara is very welcoming and kind. Her property is indeed conveniently located, just a few minutes from the metro line. The room was clean and comfortable.

November 2013
8 Very good

Tamara's place was what I needed for a quick couple of nights in Chicago: a clean bed and access to Wifi. We didn't get a chance to meet, but she made sure someone was home to let me in and give me the code to the door for my stay. Parking was a little bit tricky (had to be off the street by 8 a.m.) because of street sweeping, but she offered to give me a parking permit.

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