The entire room is yours to use! Just be respectful and sanitary of the room -- common sense! As you can see, the room is highly decorated with an assorted and variety of posters. You'll have access an enormous bedroom that was furnished for the purpose of a media/entertainment center, then purposed with a full-size bed. This room is ideal for watching TV, movies, listening to music, etc. You can hook up your own laptop to the 42" LCD TV via HDMI or VGA. Alternatively, you can also hook up your device via a bluetooth adapter. My home theater system easily connects to any smartphone device with bluetooth capabilities. So you won't have to worry about hooking up cords if you're listening to music via your phone/ipad/kindle/etc etc. I've also a Roku 3 attached to the TV; so you can stream content from your device onto the TV, stream media from my massive cloud server (12 TB's), or watch videos on native apps like Netflix or Hulu via the Roku 3. It's also got an auxiliary (earphones or headphones plug) connection, so that you can binge watch your favorite show without disturbing others at night. Or if you're too ashamed to openly watch My Little Pony, then you can watch it at your discretion. Can't sleep? Watch a movie! Don't feel like leaving the house, and want to cook, why not blast some music!? There are speakers in every corner of the room. You can even feel the slightest vibration emitting from the walls even at mid-volume. You've got a walk-in closet as well, so feel free to unpack as if you've arrived home for the holidays.
For families or groups of three, PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT PRICING. I am more than happy to accommodate 3 people into the room should you be staying with us. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ASK ABOUT THIS SHOULD YOU WANT THE THIRD PERSON TO STAY WITH US, as we need to see how we can accommodate your +3.Guest Access
The room is yours for the duration of the stay. Make yourselves at home; you're no stranger in this household. So asides from the room, you'll have access to things like... :
Washroom – The washroom is fully stocked with plentiful of towels, soap, first-aid kit, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, colognes, etc etc. If you need something specific there's a Walgreens within walking distance (5 minutes). There's also a Target and Wal-Mart within driving distance too.
Kitchen – Hungry? Thirsty? Aching to cook? Go for it! Our kitchen is fully stocked. You're more than welcome to store your food or edibles in the refrigerator. All we ask is that you clean up after you finish using whatever it is that you cooked or drank with. There's a dozen or so grocers nearby, so ask about them should you want to cook or fatten up., or want to some late-night snacks.
Living Room – Guests are more than welcomed to lounge and chill in the living room. The living room is highly equipped for the perfect media experience.
Cloud Server – Throughout the entire house, I've setup a NAS (Network-attached storage). In my massive collection, I've about 12 TB's of movies, TV shows, cartoons, anime, documentaries, music, and such. You'll have access to all of this media upon connecting to my Wi-Fi. Help yourself to anything you see should you decide to stay indoors or be a long-term guest. Or, if you're cooking or before you go to sleep!
Washer/Dryer – PLEASE INQUIRE SHOULD YOU NEED TO DO LAUNDRY; IT IS A $5 CHARGE AND YOU RECEIVE DETERGENT AND FABRIC SOFTENER TO WASH AND DRY.
Divvy Bike passes – The city has bicycle kiosks where you can rent out bicycles in increments of 30 minutes; they're widespread and across the city and normally cost $10 per person for a day pass. We've two passes and we're more than happy to lend you our passes for $5 each. Please ask should you be interested in bike riding the Lake Shore Trail or the 606. At the end of the day, please return the passes to my mom once you've finished using them.Interaction with Guests
IMPORTANT: I am abroad for work, so my folks will be taking care of your needs. We are very FLEXIBLE with check-in and check-out times. Depending on the schedule for our rooms, you can check-in/check-out earlier/later. It is IMPORTANT that you communicate with us your arrival times so that we can make your experience/stay absolutely amazing. Please text my mom and myself or either of us, preferably both so that we're on top of our game to best make you feel at home.
IF YOU HAVE A PET, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH US. WE HAVE TO SEE IF ITS OKAY. OTHERWISE WE WILL DENY YOU ENTRY.
ALSO IMPORTANT: We have three dogs on the floor you'll be staying. Sometimes they bark and sometimes they're loud, but it's nothing beyond our control. They easily get along with everyone. So if dogs are a bit of a problem, we will try out best to keep them at a distance. If you're allergic to dogs, then this our home might be a bit difficult for you. Please take that into consideration prior to booking with us. If you love dogs? Perfect! My dogs will absolutely love you!The Neighborhood
Worried about safety? Not an issue! The neighborhood is relatively safe, so you don't have to worry about that gun violence/murders you hear media grossly exaggerated on the news. There are plentiful of grocers and supermarkets in case you feel like cooking -- cheaper and as good as a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Are you also worried about parking your car? Don't sweat it! This is an entirely blue-collar family neighborhood, so you'll see neighbors and folks out and about on the streets attending to their houses or chatting. Since most homes are family owned, you'll mostly see people outdoors chit-chatting away. There's also 2 parks nearby in case you feel like relaxing and enjoying some green; by green I mean nature-like feel... You can also go out for a job; some guests often jog around Midway Airport for some exercise. There's ton of Mexican food should you get hungry, and when I mean Mexican food, I'm talking about authentic real experience Mexican food just the way mama use to make it!Getting Around
Midway Airport is literally within walking distance to our house. You can either walk it (15 minutes or less) or bus it ( 10 minutes #59 going west) or taxi/Uber it (3 minutes). The nearest CTA (public transportation) station, Midway Orange Line Station, is literally next door to the airport. The nearest bus stops are the:
* #59 - runs east and west of 59th Street (this bus can take you to the University of Chicago and is about a 30-minute commute).
* #53A - runs north and south of Pulaski.
* #63 - runs east and west of 63rd Street.
The Midway Orange Line Station is also a bus terminal and you'll have access to a variety of other bus routes that go everywhere. It is generally a 35-40 minute commute to downtown Chicago from the station. During rush hours, it is a 25-minute trip.
If your flight is arriving at Midway Airport, then this is by far the easiest and most convenient walk you'll have to take; odds are, you booked with us because it's so darn close to Midway, haha. Once you've landed and have picked up your luggage, head towards the train station exit that leads into the city. From there, you can walk east (away from the airport, towards the lake) on 59th Street until you reach South Tripp Avenue and walk until you reach our house. Or you can take the #59 CTA bus all the way to South Keeler Avenue (one block east of South Tripp) and then proceed to walk to our house. You can also taxi it as well if you’re feel lucky, but you’ll be charged about $20 and up for the convenience of arriving within 5 minutes. The taxi’s are located on the ground floor by the arrival area, just outside to where you pick up your luggage. UberX can't pick you up directly at the airport, but there is a loophole. Please inquire about should you decide you'd want to Uber it.
If you're arriving at O’Hare Airport, then you're in for a treat. Once you landed, picked up your luggage, follow the signs that lead into the city (via an underground passageway). You can purchase one of those Ventra cards from those Ventra kiosks’. Chicago has a warm way of welcoming tourists and visitors in the city by charging them $5.00 to board the CTA Blue Line into the city. You might as well purchase a 1‐day pass (3-day or 7-day depending on the length of your stay) for the convenience. Board the Blue Line towards the city and transfer trains at Clark/Lake stop. Make your way towards the elevated tracks and board the Orange Line going towards Midway. You will be getting off at the very last stop, which is Midway. The total time from O’Hare Airport to Midway Orange Line Station is roughly about an hour‐and‐a‐half. At the Orange Line Midway Airport stop, you can walk east (away from the airport, towards the lake) on 59th Street until you reach South Tripp Avenue and walk until you reach our house. Or you can take the #59 CTA bus all the way to South Keeler Avenue (one block east of South Tripp) and then proceed to walk to our house. Alternatively, you can also taxi if you just want to arrive quickly, but you’ll be charged about $40‐45. I highly advise against it too unless time is more important to you; keep in mind traffic is horrendous between 7‐9 a.m and 3‐6 p.m. An Uber will run you around the same price as well.
From Union Station, you walk east (towards the lake and crossing the river) of either Jackson or Adams, and walk until you reach Wells (a north/south street). You'll see sign for the Quincy/Wells CTA station. You’ll want to take the Orange Line going towards Midway Airport. This will be the platform that is on the east side of Wells. Take the Orange Line all the way to Midway Airport. Once you're at the Midway Airport station, you can walk east (away from the airport, towards the lake) on 59th Street until you reach South Tripp Avenue and walk until you reach our house. Or you can take the #59 CTA bus all the way to South Keeler Avenue (one block east of South Tripp) and then proceed to walk to our house. You can take a taxi, and that'll run you around $25. An UberX will run you around $20.
If you've arrived at the Greyhound Station on Harrison Street, walk to the Clinton Blue Line stop, and take the train going in the direction of Forest Park. Get off at the Clark/Lake stop and transfer to the Orange Line going to Midway Airport. Take the Orange Line all the way to Midway Airport. Once you're at the Midway Airport station, you can walk east (away from the airport, towards the lake) on 59th Street until you reach South Tripp Avenue and walk until you reach our house. Or you can take the #59 CTA bus all the way to South Keeler Avenue (one block east of South Tripp) and then proceed to walk to our house. You can take a taxi, and that'll run you around $25. An UberX will run you around $20.
If you're driving, then there's several routes:
【 I-55 (Steveson)】– get off at the Cicero ramp going south (towards Midway Airport) until you reach 59th Street. Make a left going eastward on 59th street. Make a right on Kildare going south, and then rely on your GPS to get to our house.
【 I-90-94 (Dan Ryan - northbound)】– get off at the 59th Street ramp going westward (away from the lake). Go west on 59th until you reach (you'll get closer once you've passed Pulaski) Keeler. Make a left on Keeler and then rely on your GPS to find our home.
【I-90/94 (Edens/Kennedy - southbound)】–drive south into the city and merge onto the I-55 (Steveson) expressway. Get off at the Pulaski ramp going southbound of Pulaski (on your left). Continue until you reach 61st Street and make a right, and use your GPS from here on.
【I-290 (Eisenhower)】– get off at the Cicero ramp going south (towards Midway Airport) until you reach 59th Street. Make a left going eastward on 59th street. Make a right on Kildare going south, and then rely on your GPS to get to our house.Other Things to Note
The Chicago Public Transportation (CTA) uses a payment system called Ventra Card, which costs $5 to purchase at any Ventra kiosk at the train stations.
All train rides (except O’Hare into the city) cost $2.25.
All bus rides cost $2.00.
Taking the train at O'Hare Airport into the city costs $5.00
Once you’ve used card once, your next 2 rides within 2 hours will cost either $0.25 (by train) and/or $0.15 (by bus).
Here’s a link on how the Ventra Card works and how to use it: (URL HIDDEN)
Here’s a link on the fares for riding the CTA. ‐‐ (URL HIDDEN)
If you register your card online within 90 days, you’ll be refunded $5 and you’ll see the
balance added to your card/account. You can purchase from a variety of packages such as:
* 1 day pass –($10)
* 3‐day pass – ($20)
* 7‐day (weekly) pass – ($28)
* 30‐day (monthly) pass – ($100)
Please visit the Ventra and CTA websites for more details.