A combination of home-style generosity and orderly AirBnB protocols will welcome you to the Far North Side with Michael and Rox.
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.
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
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!
Broken Spanish and marginal French spoken here. I can sing in Italian and German if you can play piano!
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.
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!
Breakfast is not included with long stays, but we do supply coffee as a courtesy.
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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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.
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.