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Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

More Details
Registration Number : 2288893

Lynn Basa
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2018

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 Avondale

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.


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.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
I've made a walking map of the neighborhood to bars, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, etc. that I have left in the apartment. I can also send it to you as an attachment when you make a reservation.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

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Hinterlands (Lic.#2288893)
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 30 reviews

Not as clean as I would prefer(bathroom and kitchen). But good on everything else

  • 3 of 5

Would be really nice to at least have a music set up or a tv! Fridge had some really funky food left in it (yuck). Kitchen and bathroom sinks were not clean , as well as the tub(yuck). Really fun decor though; and the back deck was a bonus!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Michele Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry about the grossness. Ala asked for Sundays off so I have someone else who cleans the apartment on those days. Clearly I need to lower the boom on that person (it's my husband, so I've got some leverage!) I think the tub needs to be recaulked. I've been meaning to get that done but the apartment is constantly booked. It was kind of you to say nice things otherwise. Best, Lynn
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Enjoyed every minute.

  • 5 of 5

Worked out great getting a 3 day pass for CSA was a short ride to down town. Better than paying for downtown parking every day. The only nock on the whole experience would be the bathroom did not have a curtain. We were able to put something in the window to help us with privacy. Had a great time and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable apartment with a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying here for our weekend in Chicago. The location is right by a bus stop and about a 5-10 minute walk from a train station. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with a nice little patio perfect for coffee in the morning. We got breakfast each morning at the bakery across the street, and we highly recommend Staropolska Restaurant. Both were delicious. Hopewell Brewery is a great stop if you're looking for a beverage. We would definitely stay again! Thanks for a great trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun and Funky!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this apartment. It was 2 bedrooms and had a great living room space and kitchen. We loved keeping the windows open because it had a great cross breeze when it got a little hot. The front stairwell is spiral (although we loved the charm of it) and this was uncomfortable for my 7 year old. However, the back steps were easier for him so it was nice to have two entry's. There was also light in the little back patio table so it made it so lovely to sit outside. We love using public transit so Route 56 and Route 82 was just a few blocks away as well as the blue line. There was a little dollar store that look intimidating but it was clean and the owners were very nice and welcoming. It was nice to have a bakery just across the street as well as a taco place. Which as far as my family was concern was great. If you are looking to be apart of the City we would recommend staying here. Something fun and interesting around every corner. Thank you again!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Yet another great stay at the Hinterlands. Perfect location for us as we can walk and take the blue line so many places. Good variety of restaurants within walking distance. The apartment is sunny and bright and I love sitting on the back porch.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, Thank you so much for the great review. It is very much appreciated. See you next time! Lynn
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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: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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