• 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 80%
Response time A few hours
Calendar updated A month ago
Our bohemian style home is a great home for the independent traveler. We have a full self check in process making arrival at any time possible and your convenience. The host lives on premises but in a different part of the home.

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 and live in the host's part of the house.

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

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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.

We love our city, but it's still a city. Please lock the doors at all times to maintain safety in our home. To lock from the outside, push the button that says Schlage. Then turn the latch. To lock from the inside, simply turn the latch. You will receive the code to the door 2 days prior to your arrival.

Bathroom: As a courtesy to the other guests in the house, please limit your time in the bathroom. We only have one shower. Showering in 'off' hours 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.

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 wimdu and politely ask you to leave immediately without any refund.

Do not dismantle the smoke alarm - ever. There are not exceptions to this rule.

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. Quiet hours are after 10pm and before 9am. Please use headphones after this time for movies watching, Skype, etc.

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

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

Weekly rate for 1 guest $ 289 US
Monthly rate for 1 guest $ 1263 US
Price for > 1 guests $ 26 US per guest/night extra
Check-in after 2 PM
Check-in before On arrangement
Check-out before 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
Reviews of this property
October 2015

Unfortunately we did not meet Tamara, because we only had a short stay for one night and arrived late in the evening and left early in the morning for the marathon. But from her messages I am sure she is a very kind and likeable host.

I can confirm all the other feedbacks given before.
We were provided with detailed information and had no problem to find the house which is close to the CTA indeed. The way from downtown Chicago is indeed a bit long. For one night, that was absolutely no problem. For a week, it might be bothersome.
Compared to others I can not confirm that the train or the highway nearby were disturbing. But maybe that was due to our stay from 10 pm until 5 am.

Wifi worked well too.
We even got an additional bed as we stayed there with 3.

Sharing the bathroom with others was ok, which might also be due to the downtime we had been there. We even got help by other tenants as we forgot our power adapters.

The problem was that we also slept in the room downstairs, that had no lock (also no problem when only staying 7 hours). So we were also annoyed by the smell of cat pee. And we were surprised by two coons in the window of the doorway. But as they were coward, they did not get in.

October 2015

Tamara was very helpful and pleasant. Our only issue was the over powering smell of cat pee. Wouldn't recommend staying in downstairs room...upstairs may be OK.

10 Excellent
September 2015

Tamara is a great host, we enjoyed the stay at her place.

Very good connection to the blue metro line.

August 2015

We would like to share our experience in this property in order to other people know what they are going to find in this house:
1) The situation of the house is very close of the train stop
2) Tamara was very kind and sent us all the information we needed via email
3) The room was clean and it has a fridge and microwave, and also, they provide to us shampoo and some soup.
4) The wifi works very good
5) We had a fan in our room
6) The twins beds were confortable
1) The door of the room has not any lock, so we had to trust that nobody of the other tenants opened our room... (nothing happened to us)
2) The bathroom is shared for four bedrooms, in my opinion this is too much
3) The smell in the main entrance, corridor and bathroom is awful, I think because of the cats' urine
4) The train takes a long time to arrive to the Austin stop
5) We've never met our host or anybody in the house. Only other tenants going to the bathroom. Everything was very impersonal.
6) The room has not A.C. but we could sleep with the fan.
7) The noise of the highway and the train rail is quite high because the house is just in front of them. We had to close the window to sleep. Take this into account if you go during the summer and want to have the window opened.

8 Very good
January 2015

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 was very friendly.
The bathroom, which I shared with the male roommates of the house was very dirty. The shower (bath) I could not use. The toilet was also smeared and dirty.
Before I left because I had no opportunity to respond to the Tamara uncleanliness which took place only on departure.
Then she said that down with her I had the bathroom could use. You've forgotten me probably to tell.
The room is separated to the next room and the corridor only by folding doors, which makes it a bit noisy.

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10 Excellent
April 2014

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.

8 Very good
November 2013

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.

Reviews for this host's other properties
8 Very good
June 2015
Double the Fun! Close to Downtown.

A quite old house with 4 private rooms. The location is perfect, easy to reach from airport (no need to change the train) and easy to get into city center. Nice equiped room and clean bathroom. Everything was perfect organised.

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