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Spacious Bright Vacation Rental Loft in the Heart of Everything Chicago sleeps - 2 - 10 Guests

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Details
Property
condo
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

3 bedroom 2 bath loft with gourmet kitchen perfect for families, girls getaways

Our funky warehouse & former tavern turned costume factory turned fabulous Lincoln Park home can be your home away from home in Chicago.

If you're heading to Chicago and looking to be near downtown but want a more neighborhood experience with friendly, knowledgeable transcontinental hosts, our amazing, bright and sunny 1800 square foot loft just might be the perfect fit for you.

Located in Chicago's newest neighborhood, "SONO," at the crossroads of Lincoln Park - Old Town & River North - we are just two blocks south of the Chicago Transit Authority's Halsted Street bus, North Avenue & Division street buses as well as the North/Clybourn Red Line and Sedgwick Brown Line trains. In short, being just 2 blocks from the Red Line train, with easy access to three bus routes (one of which stops right out in front of the building) and the Kennedy and Lake Shore Drive Expressways, there is nowhere you can't get to in pretty much a straight shot.

My husband and I are just now completing this renovation as we downsize from the amazing dream home we created in the early 1990s to run our translation business and raise our family. Your home base in Chicago is the first part of what will ultimately be 4 urban loft homes in a former tavern & dance hall (1890s) turned costume & magic card factory (1950s) turned our urban dream home (1990s).

Our spacious 3 bedroom sleeps up to 8 guests in brand new Sealy Posturepedic beds. The master bedroom has a Queen bed and a twin bed (sleeps 3), a second bedroom has a Queen bed and a twin bed (sleeps 3) and the third bedroom sleeps 2 guests in a Queen bed.

The living room has one convertible full size futon sofa and one twin day bed and can accommodate an additional 2 guests.

Two full bathrooms with either a walk in glass enclosed shower or a glass enclosed combo bath/shower, a to die for gourmet chef's kitchen with all of the accouterments that go with such a kitchen, a dining table that truly seats the same number of guests the apartment sleeps - this is THE home away from home you want for your stay in Chicago.

The neighborhood is great: we've got the country's second largest Whole Foods market around the corner with it's fabulous food court (5 dining options) and tables along the riverfront, a great neighborhood pub & wine bar, the newly opened and equally wonderful Mariano's Market (also with food options, a wine bar and live entertainment in the afternoons and early evenings), as well as great casual places like Nando's Peri Peri, Yard House, Earl's Kitchen, SoNo Woodfired, Burger Bar, Uncle Julio's, and Goose Island Brewery if you'd like to sample a local Chicago beer. We also have great sushi and pan asian food at Circle, a couple of terrific Italian spots (with outdoor gardens in the summer) and a number of other restaurant options within a 5 minute walk of the apartment. Shoppers will love being in the heart of the "little" Magnificent Mile, with nearby locations including Nordstrom's Rack, Saks Off 5th, World Market, Crate & Barrel, and everything in between.

There are also a couple of great live theater venues just up the street including Steppenwolf and the Royal George, comedy and improv at both IO Theater and Second City, the Archlight theater with first run and art house films, plus great bowling at the newly opened and really fun King's Bowl. The Mag Mile, Millennium Park, Chicago's amazing lakefront and Navy Pier, as well as the city's finest museums are all just minutes away - but you're still in a funky friendly neighborhood with great little local shops & cafes, as opposed to the high rise heartland.

Our proximity to everything and the great public transportation nearby means you don't need a car, but if you are bringing one there is plenty of safe, free parking on our street, and we have an an off street parking space you can add to your reservation (fee).

Check with us for availability (and be sure to let us know your dates, the number of guests) we'll get back to you quickly.

After 12 years of hosting guests from around the world in Athens, we're truly excited to be welcoming you to our original home in Chicago.

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Owner
Greek Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About Greek Vacation Rentals

Wow, who would have thought when I told my husband I wanted to buy a little pied-a-terre in his hometown, Athens, Greece, that I'd end up with the greatest accidental career of my life? Born and raised in Chicago, my love for travel was evident early on. Perhaps it was my arrival in the world, early one December morning, way quicker than my siblings had, in fact so quick we were still enroute to the hospital, and I still hold the title of youngest patient ever admitted to that north suburban hospital! (And thus, as a Sagittarius, characteristically smitten with wunderlust). I traveled my home country extensively with my family as a child, and was fortunate to have parents who encouraged us to study a second language young - while my language of choice as a child was French, my culture of choice was Greek - My earliest jobs were always in Chicago's Greek diners, my university days filled with hours playing backgammon in the cafeteria with my Greek friends, and my Eurail passes always started and ended my European backpacking holidays in Greece. So no one was surprised when I met Basil, a romantic writer but practicing translator and linguist, born and bred in Athens, but transplanted to Chicago, fell in love, and married him. While our life in Chicago was full, rehabbing a warehouse we purchased for house ourselves, our son and our growing Greek translation agency, I longed to plant some roots for our family in Basil's hometown. A small studio overlooking Mount Lykavittos was to be our Athens crash pad, but thanks to what seemed then an unfortunate turn of events, our home in Athens ended up being the beautiful Athens First Luxury Duplex. Larger than we had planned, offering it as a short term furnished rental seemed the logical way to afford it. Little did we realize that it would become so popular we'd be sleeping on friend's couches rather than in our own Athens home!

Why Greek Vacation Rentals chose Near North

Twelve years passed as our accidental Greek Vacation Rentals business grew, our son moved on to a life of his own, and our rehabbed factory dream home was suddenly too large for just the two of us.

We have been lovingly de-converting our original living space into 4 apartments, 3 fabulous vacation rental lofts and a one bedroom for ourselves.

What makes this condo unique

These fabulous homes are located in what is now considered "ground zero" for everything Chicago. We are at the crossroads of 4 great neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Old North, River North & River West and an easy walk or short drive to Wicker Park, Bucktown, DePaul and Wrigleyville.

We are surrounded by great restaurants, bars & cafes, have two flagship supermarkets, Whole Foods & Marianos, and great live theater like Steppenwolf, the Royal George & IO Theater as well as the brand new Arclight Theaters & Kings Bowl.

We are a shopping mecca, whether you love browsing home furnishings & accessories, clothes, shoes or outdoor gear, we have something for everyone - so much so that our area is now known as "Little Michigan Avenue" to the locals.

And finally, our apartments: Our years in the vacation rental world and as travelers have taught us that while it is great to be able to sleep a larger group (6, 8, 10 or even 12 guests), it's also important that there be a comfortable space for everyone to relax together. Each of our homes features a large open living room area with seating for as many guests the property sleeps, and our dining room tables will always accommodate the same number - so meals can be enjoyed together.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Spacious Bright Vacation Rental Loft in the Heart of Everything Chicago sleeps - 2 - 10 Guests
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews
5

Christmas Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 8 from Australia spent 5 fantastic days celebrating Christmas 2016 in the loft. The space was perfect to allow us all to cook, bake, eat and enjoy each other's company. Carole was a wonderful host, even helping with additional ovenware for cooking our Christmas Day feast. The gourmet kitchen is well stocked with everything needed including appliances like a mixmaster and waffle maker. The loft is clean, warm and very comfortable with a dining table for 10 and lounge suite.

Closely located to public transport made discovering Chicago very easy.

Local restaurants, grocery and fashion outlets were a bonus for last minute Christmas shopping.

I would recommend this property to anyone looking for quality accommodation and will definitely stay again if we return to Chicago.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Tx.
5

This loft is beautifully decorated, spacious and on a great neighborhood. We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

It was a great place to stay. The owner was very knowledgeable about Chicago and she sent us to some great restaurants!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful hospitality, highly recommend for family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

My extended family was gathering in Chicago for a cousin's wedding, and we needed a place where kids and adults would be comfortable. Most importantly, we were looking for a place that could be our "home" while we were in Chicago so we wouldn't have to hide in a corner of a hotel suite and whisper to each other while hoping the kids would fall asleep in the other side of the room. We were 5 adults and 3 kids (including one toddler) and we loved staying here! This apartment is well furnished with beautiful, interesting touches that made us feel at home. The listing description is accurate. AMAZING kitchen, spacious living quarters, comfy and clean beds, and quiet street. No problems with parking, and in a great, central location to all the major sights of the city. We easily accessed all forms of transportation from the apartment--bus stop outside, short walk to subway, and Uber! Grocery stores, Target, all kinds of shopping nearby. Carole and Basil were attentive, helpful and very friendly. We enjoyed their hospitality and suggestions. Wonderful trip, great memories, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great location!!!! Huge common areas for spending time with family and friends!!!

  • 5 of 5

The location of the property was ideal. Just a few blocks south of an up and coming shopping area and an easy Uber ride to any location in the city. The property was in great shape; very well maintained. There were five of us staying at this location for a "Girl's Weekend" and with five separate beds in the three bedrooms, it was perfect. The kitchen, dining and living areas were huge; a wonderful place to gather when we weren't out seeing the sights and shopping!

The only minor complaint that we had is that the heat / furnace was rather loud when it kicked on. Not loud enough to drown out our laughter, though.

Would definitely recommend it and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent place!!

  • 5 of 5

We came to Chicago for our annual trip and could not have been happier with our accommodations. The location was excellent with a ton of shops, restaurants and groceries in walking distance. Uber rides to downtown were cheap. Bedrooms were lovely and the "gathering" spaces in apartment were fantastic, with plenty of room for all of us. We have rented many places on our trips, and this was absolutely one of the best equipped. There was dishsoap, foil, sponges, etc to make things much easier for a relatively short visit and when we could not find dishwasher detergent, our hosts brought some over for us. They are currently renovating the building which will be so nice, and didn't inconvenience us at all. Trying to plan another trip here asap!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Denver, CO
5

Great location, property and host!

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived Carole was there to meet us and show us around the property, which was beautiful! Everything was clean and the kitchen and living area are perfect for cooking meals and relaxing. Carole even offered to call her if we needed extra pots/pans, but the kitchen was already well stocked. The location was great, just a few blocks down was the red line which was convenient because we did not have a car. We plan to stay here again for our next Chicago visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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The neighborhood is great: we've got the second largest Whole Foods market around the corner with it's fabulous food court (5 dining options) and tables along the riverfront, a great neighborhood pub & wine bar, as well as Marino's Market and a Super Target for shopping. When your stomach growls food options abound from great casual places like SoNo Woodfired, Burger Bar, Uncle Julio's, Dinosaur BBQ, Nando's PeriPeri, Earl's, Yard House, Lyfe Kitchen and Goose Island Brewery if you'd like to sample a local Chicago beer. There's also a several great live theater venues up the street including Steppenwolf and the Royal George as well as comedy & improv stages at the I/O Theater. The Mag Mile, Millennium Park, Chicago's amazing lakefront and Navy Pier, as well as the city's finest museums are all just minutes away - but you're still in a funky friendly neighborhood with great little local shops & cafes as opposed to being in the high rise heartland. Sports fans will love our proximity to Wrigley Field (3 stops on the train) and Soldier's Field and the United Center are minutes by car or cab.

Our proximity to everything and the great public transportation nearby means you don't need a car, but if you are bringing one there is plenty of safe, free parking on our street, and we have an an off street parking space you can add to your reservation (fee).

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Rates & Availability

Notes

  • Rates are based on the number of guests and number of nights booked. Please note - you will be required to complete and return our guest agreement and include the names of the guests staying in the apartment. & provide a major credit card prior to check-in. We do not take a refundable damage deposit for most stays, but we reserve the right to collect this for groups of over 8 guests. Unregistered guests, outside entertainers, friends and visitors are not permitted on the property without the prior written consent of the owners. (We understand if you are coming to Chicago to visit friends and family that you may want to invite them over, that's fine - just please be respectful of our home and us by letting us know.)

    Required Fees

    * Extra Guest: $25.00 (Flat Rate Per Person Per Night)
    * Chicago, County & State Occupancy Taxes: %21.40 (Percentage of Rent & Taxable Fees)
    * Housekeeping: $95.00 (Flat Rate Per Stay)

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Amenities

Near North Side Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Both bathrooms are accessible directly from the bedrooms - one of the baths has a second entrance to the common hall way so it's possible to use without going into the bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • While technically our home is a 2 bedroom - the 3rd bedroom is a den connected to en suite Queen bedroom. At night, each sleeping area can be private as each has a door between the other and the walls go all the way to the ceiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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