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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Condominium, 3 Bedrooms, 2.0 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 10)

*** Exciting update - August 2017****

We now have an elevator! Book your "shlep-free' stay today!

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

More Details
Registration Number : 2555923

Owner
Carole Heiman Kezios
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Carole Heiman Kezios

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 Carole Heiman Kezios chose Goose Island

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.

Amenities

Goose Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 10
  • 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:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

Reviews

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Chicago Thanksgiving visit

  • 5 of 5

My wife is very particular about cleanliness and the unit passed her high standards in that regards. The 3rd bedroom was tight but worked fine for Grandparents.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home in Chicago

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing place to stay! We were in Chicago for a long weekend to celebrate our 50th birthdays. Six of us stayed in the loft and loved every minute of it. Excellent choice!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

We recently visited Chicago as a family - primarily to see 'Hamilton'. Rather than stay in an expensive hotel, we opted to stay a little out of the centre and enjoy the comfort of an apartment with three bedrooms. This property was perfect for us. The area is fine - easy walk to a great Whole foods Market, good public transport around and a cheap Uber ride to wherever we wanted to go. We really enjoyed our stay and the place had everything we needed. It isn't brand new, but a good price point and a great place to relax after busy days and evenings out. Thank you Carole and Basil!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magic Factory Loft

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend girls trip to the Magic Factory Lofts, spacious enough for all 8 of us to eat together, socialize and sleep. It was very clean, well-maintained and had everything we needed (except no Kleenex). Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Magic Factory Lofts was the BEST choice for us in Chicago!

  • 5 of 5

Deciding to rent from Carole and Basil was the best choice our group could have made for our week long trip to Chicago. They added so much value to our experience by giving us recommendations about restaurants, transportation and events as locals that have owned this property for decades. We can't say enough about their willingness to help us create a memorable vacation. Carole took lots of time on the phone with us, answering detailed questions about the neighborhood and proximity to places we planned to visit.

We were three couples (aged 60-70) who enjoy walking and exploring the city by public transportation.

The location of the Magic Factory Loft was perfect - close to Whole Foods, restaurants and stores as well as close to the red line and the water taxi (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!).

The apartment had everything we needed for comfort. Plenty of towels, good beds, modern bathroom and kitchen with all types of kitchen gadgets, large fridge and freezer and complimentary coffee ;)

Carole and Basil went beyond when, at the last minute, a couple of us purchased some art pieces at a nearby estate sale only to realize they wouldn't fit in our carry on suitcases. Within minutes, Basil had created a cardboard box for them and was taking them to the Fed Ex office - wow! Amazing!

We rented a van and worried about parking which ended up not being a problem at all. There was plenty of unrestricted parking on the street. They also offered a garage space, but we opted to have it parked right in front of the door.

The wifi was good as well as cell service for all of our different phones/companies.

We were happy having owners that were on the premises....but not on top of us. They were there when we needed them - when we ran out of coffee and needed our 'prizes' shipped.

We will be renting from Carole and Basil again and sharing our 'find' with friends here at home.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tom & Tricia - Basil and I loved meeting you all and are looking forward to reconnecting - either on the west coast, back in Chicago or perhaps in one of our Athens penthouses!
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Excellent condo. Would recommend to anyone!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't have been more pleased with the condo it's even better then the pictures show very spacious well kept and anything and everything you need. Carole was also very welcoming and can answer every question you have to ask and will help you out at any time. Don't even think twice when checking this place out it's a no brainer

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago History Museum
"Great museum located near our Chicago vacation rental"
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
"Into theater? We're just down the block from Steppenwolf Theater Company's 3 renowned stages..."
Whole Foods Market
"Yes, it's a supermarket, but it is so much more. Pickup dinner and dine by the riverfront or..."
Uncle Julio's Hacienda
"Fajitas and more - it's always a festive evening at Uncle Julio's Hacienda...."
Burger Bar Chicago
"Decent burgers - good beer. Outdoor seating in the summer."
Goose Island Brewpub
"Love their burgers and their beer. Saturdays and Sundays they offer brewery tours - be sure ..."
Lincoln Park Zoo
Royal George Theatre
Alinea
Boka Restaurant
John Hancock Center
Goose Island Brewpub
"Love their burgers and their beer. Saturdays and Sundays they offer brewery tours - be sure ..."
Buffalo Wild Wings -- CLOSED
Second City
Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Contemporary Art
Target
Eggsperience Cafe -- CLOSED
"There's nothing like a Greek diner, is there? Breakfast extraordinaire! Best omelettes aroun..."
Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Shiso BYOB Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar -- CLOSED
Old Town Social
Father & Son Pizza
"Family friendly, budget friendly - lots of food options - good pizza, pasta, salads & burger..."
Goose Island Shrimp House
"Crazy open all hours little local carry out for shrimp and fried catfish on toast. Certainly..."
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Gold Coast
Kanela Breakfast Club
Greek Islands Restaurant
Artopolis
Iguana Cafe
Chicago Architecture Foundation

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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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: $20.00 (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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