Medium room with big closet inside in-progress Oasis for travelers in S. Hyde Park. UC Arts Center, other amenities nearby. Recently purchased house, plan to restore to 1920s condition w/3 guest rooms downstairs.
Things are a bit basic (moving boxes still around), so we've put in low rates-- as frequent travelers, we'll do everything we can to make your stay great, from putting USB plugs & cables everywhere, to a stocked kitchen and fridge.
You get a large (10'x11) first-floor side bedroom in classic Chicago 1910 red-brick/brownstone. It features a luxurious 13" queen mattress and a deep (5'x3') closet (let us know if you need a desk, we'll find something). The downtown area (south loop) is 10-25 minutes via car/cab/uber/Lyft (depending on traffic), plentiful public transit is nearby. A single north-facing window abuts a passageway, providing moderate lighting.
We purchased a few months ago and in the early stages of restoring the house to its original early 20th century appearance-- rather than a renovation, we are slowly peeling off layers of past changes to reveal and restore original hardwoods and other features. Our intent is to provide the experience of the 1920s or 1930s combined with necessary current amenities (WiFi, high-power USB plugs, refrigeration!).
Generally we'll try to keep any restoration messes to a minimum and out of your way-- but as "Airbnb experiences" go, if you have time & interest and promise to be careful, we can provide 30-90 minutes of things like training in paint removal with infrared and other technology, as seen on the show "This Old House".
This is also part of a larger educational project, described in brief below.
At this point we are pet-friendly (possibly able to accept some pets *only if* you ask in advance, have basic supplies for cats). We have two young Persian rescue cats, as well as a Siamese, often on the first floor. We are glad to restrict cats to the top floor if you need.
We can provide a temporary Comcast / xfinitywifi guest password if you ask in advance, which will provide roaming access in most of Chicago.
There is video security covering outdoor and some public indoor areas; see House Rules.
We are in a relatively quiet, gentrifying, familyish neighborhood-- we are sometimes up late, usually to get work projects completed! and attempt to be respectful of your schedule and need for quiet.
The West Woodlawn section of Hyde Park is currently the focus of multiple projects to foster urban renewal on Chicago’s Southside, concurrent with the siting of the Obama Presidential Library just to the east. Sunshine Enterprises and Greenline Coffee, at the corner of 61st and Everhardt, have been centers of that effort, and the block we are on the first of a model now expanding to twelve surrounding blocks.
The Lorraine Hansberry House, around which the play “A Raisin in the Sun” (and the Supreme Court case) is centered, is just across and down the street.
Finally, this house is the first of The Dikē Project, an attempt to replicate Deep Springs College’s educational model on the Southside, at the 100th anniversary of Deep Springs. In addition to local staffing, 5% of profits are reinvested in Deep Springs or local nonprofits.
First floor areas of house except other (private) bedrooms.
In addition to the bedroom, there's a bath (shared with another bedroom), equipped kitchen, living room with smaller desk etc; laundry in the basement area, enclosed rear yard etc.
On-street parking; garage access is also possible (ask in advance).
Please let us know anything else you need!
We may be busy with projects, but are generally around to work on the house (unless out of town on business). As frequent travelers, we'll do all we can to help you have a comfortable stay-- please let us know anything you need!
Please do not enter the second floor or disturb anyone on the second floor unless in emergency.
I can offer help, mostly via text messaging-- likely to be around, or may be in meetings/occupied. Hyde Park native, recently returned and reacquainting with Chicagoland.
Last-minute bookings may require some time before check-in (2-4+ hours), but we will attempt to accommodate as possible.
We proudly employ physically and developmentally disabled individuals, in partnership with local community projects. We hope you will be understanding and patient should any issues arise.
Behave well, treat the place as your own, leave things *as you found them* and *where you found them.*
Generally clean up after yourself as you can; dishes should be done soon or placed in dishwasher; we realize short-term guests may be on tight schedules and we'll take care of things, but for stays more than 5 days, please take out the trash occasionally etc.
We usually consider 11pm-11am or so to be quiet-ish hours-- we may be working late on a project, we may get up very early, we may be up after noon. We'll be very aware and respectful of noise during these times, and hope you will be as well. (Let us know if you have specific plans that require adjustment).
No drama, keep it cool and reasonable.
"FINE PRINT" stuff that I *really* wish I didn't have to add: (each of these is added here because of an incident):
Do not store food in room (use refrigerator).
Do not change things outside your room or "take care of things" without asking and receiving explicit permission.
DO NOT go into other people's rooms without explicit permission except in a true emergency (this applies if door is unlocked or open).
If you place perishable items in inside trash, please make sure they are removed before rotting, if necessary.
During quiet hours, please do not slam doors, cabinets, stomp around, or make the kind of noise likely to wake someone wearing earplugs. (Only one person has done this, but we have professional lives and obligations, which are sometimes very demanding.)