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Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

2BR/1BA in fabulous Logan Square

Live like a native in this artist-owned, artist-occupied vintage building located between the leading edge of the trendy Logan Square restaurant nexus and the old Polish neighborhood. Furnished in rustic Modern finds it's on the Blue Line with easy access to the Loop and O'Hare.

In a fit of insanity, I bought this old building in 2008 and turned the storefront into my studio (I'm a full-time artist) and rented out the rest of the units to art students and musicians which means that the building has a youthful community vibe (read between the lines here). As an experiment I've turned one of the 2 bedrooms into a temporary lodging, completely redone by an up-and-coming interior designer, Tara Rhode, who has tricked out the place in thrift and consignment finds for a rustic Modern look.

The unit has two bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with bunk beds. There's a furnished deck with a view over the rooftops of the surrounding neighborhoods. The top floor deck, which anyone can use, has a pretty amazing view of downtown and the basilica. There's a shared laundry room on the top floor.

The neighborhood is in high demand as a place to live for artists as they're getting priced out of Logan Square. It's wonderfully diverse right now with the remnants of one of the country's largest Polish populations and long-time, working-class Spanish-speaking families. The building itself is located on Milwaukee Avenue used to house a Polish sausage shop and a Polish language school. Right behind the building is one of Chicago's most historic churches, the St. Hyacinth Basilica. Two blocks north on Milwaukee are Polish bars, sausage shops and restaurants where no one speaks English. Four blocks to the south is Chicago's newest hot restaurant, coffee shop, and bar district. On Sundays from 10 - 3 in the summer is one of the best farmers' markets in the city, which has been so popular that there is now a night market on Wednesday evenings.

Best of all, right across the street from the building, is an outstanding new bakery cafe, La Farine. In close proximity is an old family-run Mexican cafe that makes everything homemade, a Thai/Sushi restaurant, and Friendship Chinese, which draws people from all over town. Soon, a craft brew pub will be opening a few doors away. Moe's Tavern, a woman-owned bar that is 'real Chicago' has an active indie music program.

The #56 Milwaukee bus stops a half a block away from the building. It's a straight shot downtown through Logan Square and Wicker Park/Bucktown or you can hop on if you don't feel like walking the 10 minutes to the Logan Square Blue Line stop. The Blue Line goes to and from O'Hare and the Loop. A Divvy bike-share station is at the Blue Line stop. There's an iGo car-sharing lot 2 blocks away and a Zip car lot 5 blocks away. If you have your own car, you can park it in the secure, covered parking at the building for a small extra fee.

I'm sure there will be small items I've forgotten to have in the unit so I'm counting on my pioneering guests to let me know what I can do to make the place more comfortable.

There is a shared coin laundry on the fourth floor of the building, strong free wifi, and a secure garage space (extra fee). The deck is semi-private in the sense that is part of the back staircase so occasionally other tenants will use those stairs.

I will arrange to meet you to give you your key, and will be on hand if there are any problems with the unit or things that you need but, other than that, you will be on your own.

I know that some of the other hosts are praised for acting as tour guides and de facto concierges. I'm not one of them! Partly because when I travel I prefer to be left alone to my own devices, but mostly because I need a lot of uninterrupted time in my studio.

Milwaukee Ave used to be a thriving Main street but now definitely looks down-at-the heels even though it is unmistakably on the upswing. Surprisingly, it has one of the lowest crime rates in the city. Even so, like in all big cities, you need to be aware of your surroundings outside of the building.

If I've left out anything you need to know, feel free to ask me any questions!

Please have your profile information and photo up-to-date because, no matter how nice you are, all I see at my end is a faceless stranger.

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Lynn Basa
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016

About Lynn Basa

I'm an artist who has lived in Chicago since 2002. My studio is in the storefront of this building that I bought in the old Polish neighborhood on Milwaukee Avenue. I've turned one of my apartments as an experiment in August 2013. I like to stay in BnB's whenever I travel around the country for my public art commissions and painting exhibits.

Lynn Basa purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Lynn Basa chose Northwest

This part of Milwaukee Avenue is an old Main Street and I think it reminded me of Pittsburgh, where I was born and where my earliest visual memories were imprinted. I've also always dreamt of having my studio in an old storefront. Now I'm living the dream -- and it's as good as I imagined it would be! I started by renting out the building to young artists and musicians because I wanted to create a community in the building. That part has worked beautifully, but I'm the sort of person who always wants to see around the next bend, to constantly be improving. I wanted to see what it would be like to furnish an apartment completely in thrift and consignment finds, so I asked an interior designer friend of mine, Tara Rhode, who needed a starter project for her portfolio, if she'd be willing to take on the challenge. She was and we worked beautifully together, scouring the Midwest, texting each other images of our finds, enlisting our mothers' help in the process. We found many more things than we could fit into the apartment, but thanks to Tara's expert editing, the unit pulled together so well that I may do another one!

What makes this apartment unique

When I moved to Chicago in 2002 from Seattle, I did so because I wanted to live in a larger city that had seemingly limitless opportunities. Chicago definitely did not disappoint! I will never begin to even make a dent in all of the cultural, culinary, and social delights this city has to offer. Early on when I moved here I was talking to someone who had also moved to Chicago simply because they were drawn by the gravitational pull of this big, friendly city and I asked him what it is it about this town that is so attractive? He said, 'Because it's like what a big city should be.' And that's it. It's gritty, it's complex, it's dangerous, it's historic, it's unbelievably diverse, and full of endless opportunities. I can understand why Alex Kotlowitz named his wonderful book on Chicago, 'Never A City So Real'. That sums it up perfectly.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
average rating of 4.4583335 based on 24 reviews

Plumbing problem , like the back end of a busy restaurant with bad plumbing.

  • 1 of 5

Upon entry to the building there was a really bad smell, like the back end of a busy restaurant with bad plumbing, which permeates all the way to the second floor, you smell a bad something in the apartment. The bedroom carpets look like they are covered in milk stains. The living space is not as warmly furnished as pictured in the photographs. The foam mattresses are flat and molded into someone's shape. There is a Lack of privacy in the kitchen, with now window coverings is uncomfortable. Lastly, i killed a cockroach in the bathtub the first night.

I hate to say all of these things but felt it was important to let you know, when the price point for this weekend is similar to pricing on other listings and more traditional properties, especially when the owner/management is not responsive and does not provide a discount. We only stayed one night for a two night reservation.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here in Logan Square. It was a short walk to the train, and close all of the culture and life that Logan Square provides. We had no issues with the spacious apartment, and we brought our small dog and 2 year old. Easy!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, thanks so much for the nice review. I'm so glad to hear that you your stay was good. Anyone traveling with a toddler and a dog doesn't need any more to deal with! :-)
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Stinky hallways W roaches in bath

  • 1 of 5

We were so disappointed. Greeted by smell of sewage. Mattresses molded flat lumpy memory foam. Sketchy carpets! Not sure what was in it. No curtains in kitchen in very busy corner. Roach discovered coming up the pipes. Pillows omg did not want to put my head down. Not cheap enough for the offering.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Update: The next guest also saw a cockroach! We've put traps in the kitchen. It's the first time we ever had cockroach issues. And I finally smelled the smell. I asked my plumber and he said that water needs to be poured into the drains in the basement to keep the fumes from coming up. We're going to take care of that, too. Thanks for bringing all of this to my attention. When this guest told me about these issues my first reaction was that she had accidentally written a review for another place because of the hundreds of guests I've had no one has every mentioned anything like this and I've gotten good reviews in general. Of course I immediately went to the building to check for the smell, and there wasn't anything except a faint smell like cleaning detergent. I asked my building manager to check it out, too, and he said that there definitely wasn't a strong or bad smell. I checked the next day, no smell. My cleaning woman, who takes a lot of pride in keeping the place up to hotel standards and who never hesitates to tell me when there's a problem, said she's never seen a roach. My tenants above and below that apartment have never seen a roach, nor have I in the storefront of the building where I work every day. As for the mattress, some people love the memory foam, others don't; some find the bed too soft, some too hard. Most of the time no one says anything about the mattress. I got an expensive mattress because I wanted the best for my guests but I'm going to replace the memory foam with a traditional one to play it safe. I don't know what to say except that if a problem becomes evident I will take the steps necessary to fix it. I want my guests to be comfortable and happy.
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Ottawa, Canada

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My daughter flew in to Chicago from abroad, and I drove 12 hours to meet up with her - she was there to prepare for an audition and so most of our time was spent at this gem of an apartment. Our arrival was made unbelievably easy by great communications from Lynn and finding everything exactly as described. The apartment itself has great character and is immaculate - high ceilings, hardwood floors, well chosen art and vintage touches. Food issues prevent us from eating out, however Lynn pointed the way to good shopping, and the gas range and quality cookware made it a pleasure to cook and bake. Loved the location, the parking garage for my little car, the neighbours and the shared spaces in the building. It would be my first choice of a place to stay when I go back to Chicago. Thanks for everything, Lynn!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review -- and for taking the time to stop into my studio to introduce yourselves. I hope you have the opportunity to return!
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Charlotte, NC

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was very clean and comfortable. We had a few different options for restaurants within walking distance. We truly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice and clean appartment

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the Appartement of Lynn. It is in the middle of o'hare and the Windy City itself .

We were here with 2 adults and two children of 14 and 11. They had their own bed.

A rent a bike station is around the corner . Download the app cyclefinder and enjoy cycling to and from the city!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Moe's Tavern
Nearest Golf
5.6 Miles
Marovitz Golf Course, 3600 N Recreation Dr.
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Logan Square Blue Line (Spaulding St. entrance)
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
Belmont Ave Beach (on Lake Michigan)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Avondale Apartment Rental Rates

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Winter in Chicago
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $65
Tax Rate 16.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Avondale Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , New memory-foam mattresses, dresser, mirror, closet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , New memory-foam mattress, closet, small dresser
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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