Historic 5BR/5 Bath Gold Coast House, Sleeps 11, Patio, Parking, Pets!

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Last updated: 11/11/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Enjoy Chicago as “patrons of the arts” in the famous Florsheim Mansion for the Arts B&B in Chicago's Gold Coast at 1328 N. State Parkway. One of the most architecturally significant homes in Chicago, the Florsheim Mansion for the Arts is a perfect destination for families or groups.

Take comfort in the fact that this historic home/mansion is one of the only actual houses in the gold coast available for vacation rentals, and is fully licensed by the City of Chicago as a Bed & Breakfast (Chicago B&B License # 2288928).

The legendary residence was built by famous starchitect, Andrew Rebori in 1938 and was home to shoe heiress and sculptor, Lillian Florsheim, who purchased the place in 1946. The famed house has been called one of the "sexiest homes in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine. It is a significant landmark of the city. Oozing with architectural brilliance, the home is 4500 square feet and is in the ideal gold coast location with 2 living rooms, a huge outdoor garden, and lots of open gathering spaces.

The historic residence actually has two houses: the Main House and the Guest House which can be rented separately.

The Main House has 3 BR/3B and a den (6 or 7 total beds), the Guest House has 2BR/2B (2 or 3 total beds), and both can be rented together for a total of 5BR/5B + den with sofa bed.

During weekdays (Mon-Thurs), and during the winter months, the Main House and the Guest House can be rented separately.

The Main House entrance features a small guest bedroom with 2 full beds and full bath/shower, as well as a large den/office with fireplace and a pull-out queen size couch for 2. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a very large entertaining Living Room with a 7' Steinway Grand Piano and a formal Dining Room. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with king size bed (can be converted to two full beds) and full bath as well as another guest room with two full size beds (can be combined together) and full bath.

The Guest House features a small bedroom/bath on the 1st floor with 1 or 2 single beds. The 2nd floor includes a massive Great Room/Art Studio with 20' soaring ceilings, large hearth, and a Media Room with flatscreen TV. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with queen size bed and full bath.

Combined, the Main House and Guest House can comfortably sleep 6-11 people.

In terms of entertaining, art events and concert performances, the Living Room with its Steinway Grand Piano can host 40-50 people and the Great Room/Art Studio + Media Room could easily fit a party of 15-20 more, ideal for conferences or large family gatherings. An outdoor gathering could also be hosted in the Garden. The Garden features a Zen-like Koi and Turtle Pond.

In total, the Mansion is fully furnished with 5 bedrooms + den, 5 bathrooms, high-tech media room, Great Room/Art Studio/Library, living room, dining room, and gardens. Over 5000 square feet of luxurious living space. Located on State Street you are just 2 blocks from the lake, 3 blocks from Michigan Avenue, and 2 blocks from the famous Rush/Division nightlife hub. Parking available and fully pet friendly. Please feel free to visit the Mansion's website, Florsheim Mansion dot com.

The Florsheim Mansion for the Arts has long been an important art destination in Chicago. The home is named after Lillian Florsheim, the shoe empire heiress who was one of the finest sculptors and gala host's of her day. The home was previously owned by the Director of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. In recent years the home has been used as an Artist in Residency destination for some of the world's most prestigious artists. The home also hosts numerous philanthropic events focused especially on showcasing the art, culture and music of the Middle East and other areas of conflict around the world. In a unique twist, artists are hosted at the mansion by benefactors from the other side of the conflict. A portion of your vacation rental will be allocated towards these philanthropic activities, as well as the ongoing restoration of the home.

By the Numbers:

1938: The year the house was built by architect Andrew Rebori
1968: The year the floating galley kitchen was built by architect Bertrand Goldberg
$2.3 million: The amount the current owners paid for the home in 2006
$300,000: The amount invested so far in our ongoing restoration efforts
5: Number of bedrooms (plus a den)
5: Number of bathrooms
$1375: Per night cost to rent the entire space during Cubs home game weekends and all holiday weekends
$1200: Per night cost to rent the entire space (March-December)
$1000: Per night cost to rent the entire space for weekdays only (March-December)
$5000: Winter weekly special rental rate (Jan and Feb, weekly stays only available)
$300: Housekeeping fee for entire residence
$3000:Refundable security deposit, required at time of booking
5%: mansion restoration, philanthropic support fee, and any and all taxes
16.4%: What your taxes would have been at a Chicago hotel
3: Minimum night’s stay (March-Dec)
7: Minimum night's stay (Jan-Feb)
1: Number of turtles living in the garden pond (his name is Wilbur, please feed him)
Yes: whether or not we rent the space for weddings and events. Please inquire
2: Number of blocks to Lake Michigan
5: Number of blocks to Michigan Avenue and Magnificent Mile
3: Number of blocks to Rush Street and the best restaurants in Chicago
1: Number of cars that will fit in the garage (at $40/day)
No: Whether or not you really need a car since you can walk to nearly everything
Uber: the app you should download before you come just in case you need a car
1: Number of blocks to the bus stop that take you to downtown
10: number minutes cab ride to Wrigley Field
No: Whether breakfast is actually served at the B&B

DISCLAIMER: please be aware that you are renting a historic 1930s home, not the Four Seasons. Like all old homes, it has many "charms" and quirks. Constantly renovating the home is a challenge, yet a passion, and this home is never at any given time in a "perfect, luxurious condition." For example, the charming kitchen has 3 sinks, but 1 of them doesn't work and, so far, it has proven simply too cost-prohibitive to fix so you'll have to make do with only 2 working kitchens. The kitchen has other charms, such as almost 75 cabinets and drawers, all from the 60s (and therefore, many of them tend to stick!) Also, some of the bathrooms have a habit of leaking. It seems that, we fix one, and then another starts to leak. Moreover, given that we are a popular, almost constantly rented B&B, we are almost always in need of a "paint job." No sooner do we complete a $5000 re-paint that it is in need of another one, so we can't guarantee a brand new paint condition; the walls and light switches therefore sometimes appear "dirty.". The furniture is extremely expensive and delicate European design and craftmanship and, therefore, the slightest sign of wear and tear will be readily evident. Most of the bathrooms are renovated, and we did our best to preserve their "high 50s" look and feel. Most of them have 100 little light bulbs -- so charming. And the downside is that at any given time many of them will be out, and they run hot if you leave them on. We just can't possibly keep them all working at the same time and often some of the sockets are empty when we are in between replacements. The doors are old, and sometimes are sticky and please be advised that the lower level bedroom bathrooms do not have doors -- an intentional design by the famed architect Rebori and we have no intention of changing his design. I would say that 19 out of 20 of our guests are delighted with the historically significant charm of the building and love its quirks, but 1 out of 20 is "shocked" to learn that we are not a modern, perfectly clean Four Seasons (where a 1-BR suite costs $850/night, plus the 20% hotel tax and, by the way, you'll need 3 or 4 of them for 10 people.) Thanks for understanding in advance and kindly only book this property if you are comfortable with these quirks.


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Property Type

  • Estate

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 10-11

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Media Room, Great Room with soaring fireplace, massive living room, Zen Garden/patio....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Lake View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Garage parking is available at $45/day....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Kitchen


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.7
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 20 - Dec 24, 2015
2 night min stay
Jan 1 - Feb 29, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,200 $1,375
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $200
  • WiFi $15
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $3,000
  • Use of parking garage $40
  • Housekeeping fee $300
  • Tax Rate 5%


$1375: Per night cost to rent the entire space during Cubs home game weekends and all holiday weekends

$1200: Per night cost to rent the entire space (May-December)

$1000: Per night cost to rent the entire space for weekdays only (May-December)

$750: Per night cost to rent the entire space (Jan-April)

$500: Per night cost to rent the Main House only (Jan-April)

$250: Guest House (Jan-April)

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 11/11/2015
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Year Purchased: 2005

Why the Owner Chose Gold Coast:
The Florsheim Mansion is one of our greatest joys. It is possibly the best and most significant house in Chicago's gold coast and it is a great honor to own it. In the tradition of the Mansion, we continue to make the space available to visiting artists, dignitaries, executives, families and groups.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
There are three key benefits. First is the location. You are literally steps from Lake Michigan, Chicago's best dining and shopping, the famous Rush Street, Michigan Avenue, etc. Second, this architecturally significant home is perfect for a group of 6-11 people (sleeping) and 10-15 people for small events. And third, is the most charming garden in the city.

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  • Living room

    Living room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Bertrand Goldberg's Galley Kitchen

    Bertrand Goldberg's Galley Kitchen

  • Guest bedroom 1

    Guest bedroom 1

  • Great Room 1

    Great Room 1

  • Media Room

    Media Room

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Office/Den


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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 26, 2015

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