Private bathroomView from guestroom in summer
Bedrm/Bath - Swanky Northside Condo.
Hosted by Roxane
Roxane is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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A combination of home-style generosity and orderly AirBnB protocols will welcome you to the Far North Side with Michael and Rox.

The space

Attractively appointed ground-floor bedroom and bathroom are all yours in a large new condo owned and occupied by a playful couple -- a freelance professional (journalist/professor/former concierge) and her well-read husband Michael.

FREE wifi, satellite TV (in room), laundry in unit, street parking. Great for persons using a car or those willing to take a bus a few minutes' walk from the house to get to a variety of trains/buses, or walk one mile to numerous transport lines going south to downtown or north to the North Shore suburbs. Use of kitchen and great room would be shared with hosts.

Central a/c and heat. Target store with full grocery 1/2 block away. Richly cultural Pakistani/Indian commercial strip a short walk away on Devon Avenue. The place is actually NOT in Rogers Park technically and definitely not "West Rogers Park" as the auto-fill says. It's a neighborhood of apartment buildings, homes, and tree-lined streets.
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Roxane works from home. Michael works by day as a legal analyst, sometimes from home. Ideal situation here is for person requiring privacy to work alone or needing only a place to sleep and to safely store belongings during work or tourism. But living room lounging or cooking at home are certainly welcome if you understand we're in and out going about our own business in the same space like roommates and sometimes conversing pleasantly as hosts and guests. KITCHEN GROUND RULE: Leave nothing but the smell. The appliances are more than a decade old but look newer because they're cleaned after every use. See also HOUSE RULES
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Lots of spices and condiments for your use. Owner is eager to offer suggestions and possibly an occasional ride to the train to make it a smooth and trouble-free stay in the City of Big Shoulders!
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Broken Spanish and marginal French spoken here. I can sing in Italian and German if you can play piano!
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Pianists are encouraged to play and practice here, though a tuning is needed. For that matter, musicians of all kinds are welcome to play or sing unplugged.
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ABOUT BREAKFAST
Upon booking we'll discuss what hot and/or cold liquids you like in the morning and whether or not I should supply baked goods as well. Bread is a given, but pastry? Bagel? We like to provide what you actually like in the way of bagels, breads or sweets to start the day rather than buying things that don't interest you or us. Be direct and say what you like!
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Breakfast is not included with long stays, but we do supply coffee as a courtesy.

Guest access

The master suite, study and storage areas are off-limits to guests except where accommodations have been pointed out specifically (such as a drawer and portion of the clothes closet in the guest room).

Interaction with guests

The guest accommodation is very much in the flow of the household, so we expect to interact with guests in passing, sometimes engaging in longer exchanges about the guest's Chicago experience or even further into topical discussions. We have a history of socializing with guests who happen to enjoy our company as new friends, but basic pleasantries would be all that's expected. Guests are free to greet and go, but it becomes less amiable if the home is treated like a hotel or commercial guesthouse. While Roxane has worked in hotels and could see a more transactional experience as possible, Michael regards people staying as house guests and responds to Rox's hospitality cues by being genuinely open, warm and welcoming. He is naturally curious and is exuberant when hosting, eager to hear of your Chicago experiences day by day as well as your work or creative life back home.

Other things to note

**ID will be required at check-in for each individual who will be staying in the lodging, regardless of who booked the space.**.............LONG STAYS and GUESTS JUST BEGINNING TO STRIKE OUT ON THEIR OWN IN LIFE: A conversation about how the kitchen functions smoothly for sharing should happen when concentration is good and details are absorbed with sincerity. Rule of thumb about clean-up: Leave nothing but the smell. Cookware should be washed by hand and put back in place. Dishes in dishwasher. Stovetop and microwave as you found them. Sinks, counters, cutting boards cleaned, sanitizing every surface touched by chicken or liquids from chicken packaging. If you drip oil, sauce, batter, milk, water on the floor or down the front of the cabinets, clean it. ..........................................Ask for specifics about what goods are free to use up and what you should replace. Guests are asked to let us know when something runs out, not just discard the empty container................................ALSO: Whoever cooks it, cleans it, regardless of who is invited to partake. Cooking is an art project. The artist does the heavy lifting. Everyone can help clear dishes, but pots, pans, cutting boards, mixing bowls, measuring cups, bakeware, stovetop, microwave, floor and counters are the responsibility of the cook. We do most of the sharing but will graciously accept an occasional invitation to break bread, especially if we've bought the groceries. If invited, we'll help clear -- even do most of the clearing. But pots, pans, meal prep supplies and servers are the responsibility of the creative chef. Likewise, no guest invited by us to a meal will be expected to scrub pots afterwards.

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Amenities
Family/kid friendly
Internet
Wireless Internet
Kitchen

Prices
Cleaning Fee $13 NZD
Security Deposit $287 NZD
Weekly Discount: 17%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)

No smoking; no drugs; no overnight guests; no use of owner's personal properties, amenities or consumables not mentioned in the agreement or obviously set aside for guest use; No animals. KITCHEN: We like to offer guests a spotless kitchen to feel free messing up. We want to enter the kitchen with the same luxury greeting us. Clean-up is 100% the guest's responsibility when using countertops, appliances, cookware, cutting boards, dining table. That includes interiors of appliances that get spattered. Surface cleaner, sponge, dishwashing liquid, abrasive powder and paper towels are on display for ease of use. See detailed explanation elsewhere in this profile, or just forego using the kitchen at all. If helpful, take a picture of the stovetop before use and model that level of clean. Host will clean kitchen sink before and after each guest stay, and host also empties dishwasher. Guests load their own dishes into the dishwasher unless there's a clean load inside. When dishes in washer are clean, rinse dishes and place beside sink, never into the bottom of the sink. Cookware must be washed by hand and put back into place after each use.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - It's a ground-level unit that is is slightly below grade; two steps down to enter
No parking on property - Street parking is not zoned, but do a search for Chicago street-cleaning dates.
Some spaces are shared - Hosts use their kitchen, dining room and den every day, often sharing their food and wine with guests.
Amenity limitations - On rare occasions, hosts will have outside guests in the house for 2-4 hours. Those guests will be directed to the guest bathroom for brief use.

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Evan User Profile
September 2017
The home itself is beautifully furnished and Roxane has tons of snacks to choose from! The house is exactly what you're looking for in a home base as you explore Chicago! Comfy bed with central AC! It is a little far from the red line (25 min walk) however Uber/Lyft is very affordable in the Chicago area so it really isn't an issue.
Roxane User Profile
Response from Roxane:
Evan, we're still enjoying the gourmet chocolates y'all left in place of the cookies 'n cream malted milk balls! You didn't have to do that. But we're glad you did. ;-) Keep in touch!
September 2017

Sean User Profile
September 2017
Roxane and Michael are awesome, super nice hosts! Their hospitality is amazing and you feel like a genuine part of their household. Breakfast is always available, as were a few dinners. They are great at communicating all of the details and any help you might need. An excellent place to stay while in Chicago!
Roxane User Profile
Response from Roxane:
Sean, we have your sunglasses! That's nice, because it could mean we get to see you again. Michael says hello and don't be a stranger, adding, "Looks like the Cardinals are down five now, with only fourteen games to play." Whatever all that means. :-)
September 2017

Mihail User Profile
Mihail
August 2017
It was our first experience with AirBnB as well as our first trip to the USA, and it was really great. Roxane and Michael are amazing hosts who want to help with all the stuff. We were even picked up from/to the ORD airport after arrival and before departure. They were always open for any questions and requests, for instance, for our first trip to the grocery store we went with them - Roxane told us everything about all main grocery stores in Chicago - which are better, cheaper etc. It was really interesting experience to share cultural things with each other (we cooked some stuff, then they invited us to eat traditional Chicago pizza - it was really amazing food and conversation). There was too cozy room in condominium in a quiet neighborhood, somewhat far from subway/coast, but public transportation was as good so we could get there in about 7-10 mins. If you're interested in quiet and beautiful beach, it's an amazing place to work with - Foster beach is located in 10-15 minutes drive. There are also several big grocery stores, a lot of cafes and restaurants in the close vicinity. Roxane allowed us to use a lot of goods as salt, butter, milk etc as we really cooked a lot during that month. Of course, living in an apartment for such period with host or any other people you'll face with some problems in communication (cleaning kitchen devices, simultaneous use of kitchen), but Roxane always tried to find an appropriate solution. To sum up, we want to say very very big "thank you" to Roxane and Michael and recommend this place to everyone.
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Response from Roxane:
Misha, you are a brilliant young man, and Michael and I both see you making the most of the present to guarantee yourself a bright future. We hope to keep in touch to congratulate you along the way. Your facility with the English language is astonishing. Your energy is meteoric. Your ability to manage social situations with grace will serve you well. Michael and I were excited about meeting you when you booked your lodging with us, and we're glad to have been able to set the stage for a formative phase in your development as a person and ultimately as a physician. You're inheriting the world, and we see that you're planning to make a substantive contribution to it. Use everything you've learned to good effect, Misha. And stay curious. You're welcome back any time! Roxane & Michael
August 2017

Allie User Profile
July 2017
Roxane was a gracious and inclusive host. She went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and cared for. Her home was clean and cozy. The location was a quick drive from restaurants and I was able to find street parking every day.
Roxane User Profile
Response from Roxane:
Hope you're loving the new job, Allie. Let us know if you need a hand with anything. As for AirBnB, you and your family get the green light here any time.
July 2017

Megan User Profile
June 2017
My trip to Roxane and Michael's was my first Airbnb experience and they have set the bar incredibly high. I felt welcomed and safe and they went out of their way to be the best hosts possible. I am so grateful for their help throughout my trip, with absolutely anything I asked about. I'm glad Roxane mentioned the location is a bus away from the red line, but the slight compromise on location was more than made up for in kindness and security/quiet. Roxane and Michael feel like family and I've no doubt I would stay with them on any and every future trip!
Roxane User Profile
Response from Roxane:
Megan, we're glad to hear it. You feel like family to us, as well. We're counting on your return to Chicago soon (we hope) and being a part of your time here.
June 2017

Devin User Profile
May 2017
Roxane and Michael were excellent hosts and were very warm and inviting. Me and my fiancé were visiting Chicago to see a friend and Roxane made us feel like we were part of her extended family by going above and beyond to make us feel comfortable in their home. While it may not be within walking distance for nightlife, we were able to easily access restaurants, shopping, and clubs within a 30 minute or less Uber ride. The neighborhood is very kept up and is safe. If they are still doing AirBNB and are available, we will definitely be staying with them again.
Roxane User Profile
Response from Roxane:
Devin and Matthew, we hope you do come back and stay with us! We miss you already!!
May 2017

Harry User Profile
July 2016
This was my first Airbnb experience and it could not have gone better. I can only hope any future Airbnb experiences will be half as good as this one was. Roxane and Michael were friendly, gracious, accommodating extremely helpful. Anyone who stays with Roxane and Michael should consider themselves fortunate to to have booked a stay with them. I was actually quite sad to leave. It was an experience I will not forget.

Chicago, Illinois, United StatesJoined in September 2012
Roxane User Profile

Performer/Professor/Journalist/Former Chicago Concierge from New Orleans living in Chicago for 30 years. Lived in France and the Middle East. (Tried several different profile pictures that weren't uploading, then discovered they ALL uploaded. Now there's an album in there! And I look like I live with a drink in my hand! I do have fun. But can't drink much!) Husband Michael is a legal analyst.

Languages: English, Español, Français
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