Wonderful neighborhood to explore "local" Chicago & easy access to attractions.
- English, Cantonese
About Alyssa Lee
My husband and I own this 3 unit flat, we live on the first floor, rent the 3rd floor to a great tenant. The 2nd floor is primarily used for our friends and family when they visit but when it's empty we love to share it with other travelers. The apartment is completely separate from the other units, but we're nearby should you have any issues or just want to know which of the many cafes are the best in the neighborhood. Come enjoy all that Chicago has to offer with us!
Alyssa Lee purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Alyssa Lee chose Bucktown
Location Location Location!! Our neighborhood is family friendly and has great restaurants and nightlife so you get the best of both worlds! Very close to all forms of transportation. New furnishings and amenities. Well kept and professionally cleaned.
What makes this Apartment unique
Best for those flying in - the Blue Line from O'Hare goes straight to our place. The stop is one block away and the station has elevators! You can rent a car through Enterprise a block away on Milwaukee or ZipCar when you need it, so you don't waste money on a car from the airport for the full trip.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Not suitable for toddlers but older kids are okay.
Minimum age of primary renter:23
Backyard - Guests are not allowed to use the backyard for any purpose except in evacuation emergencies and removal of garbage.
Keys - Guest agrees to return all keys upon departure. Guest will be charged $50 for unreturned keys.
Any guest, not on the reservation, found staying at the apartment will incur a $50/night fee
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Property was exactly as advertised. Very convenient with all the necessities and lots of extras (games, movies, etc). Owners checked in with us upon arrival to make sure everything was acceptable. Great location for our long weekend visit to Chicago.
Great location for a weekend getaway. Walking distance to great food and nite life. Easy access to the L.
Only negatives are L train noise and it’s an older, renovated home (the floors are quite creeky and you can hear the upstairs tenants moving about from time to time). Neither were too bothersome for us but could be important to some.
Cute place! 2 blocks away from the Western Blue Line stop.
This place was easy to find, and perfect for our needs. You can tell the owners care about their place, and their guest comfort. Plenty of towels, toiletries, linens were nice and clean, plenty of seating. The sofa is to die for.... large and comfy. TV was difficult to figure out, as we are not technically inclined people. Lots of options for every movie known to man, but we just wanted CNN and coverage of the Chicago marathon.
The owners are quick to answer questions and give advise... we could have called them with questions on the TV, it was just that it wasn’t that important to us. But with directions and transportation.... thumbs up!
Thanks for sharing your place!
Clean but noisy (inside and out)
Pros. The apartment was clean and well furnished. It had a great location being a block from the train.
Cons. A/C is pre-set not to go below 74 degrees (or apparently the whole thing will bust). It was manageable during the day in June but at night it was extremely hot and the vents are at the ceiling so you don't feel it much. Could open the windows but with the train you'd get no sleep.
The wood floors are extremely creaky. We had little kids who would tiptoe run to the bathroom or to go watch the train and we got a message from the owners (they live below) to keep running to a minimum. We were only in the unit 4 hours that day. The creaky floors were loud even when tiptoeing.
If only the tenant upstairs got the same message. The tenant upstairs was pacing and making so much noise the first night (Saturday) from 12:45-2am and kept us all up. The second night the tenant woke us at 11pm and I'm a deep sleeper.
Needless to say, we won't be back. This is the first place out of many where we have stayed that we won't be returning.
We have since changed the thermostat to a Nest. We were simply trying to conserve energy and be greener. We were unaware that the thermostat prevented people from lowering the temperature below 74, which we agree is high.
We were also unaware of the issue with the tenant upstairs. If we would have known, we would have contacted him to keep it quiet.
Additionally, we want to thank you for your prompt approval of the insurance claim for the items taken from our apartment.
Great Little Chicago Apartment
We rented this apartment for a one week Spring Break adventure in Chicago with 2 adults and 2 teens. The apartment is a short walk to the L, and served as a great home base as we explored the city. It's located on a quiet street with ample parking in the Bucktown neighborhood. Convenient to everything.
Both bedrooms are small, but we weren't there to lounge in bed all day. Beds were comfortable. The kitchen has full sized appliances and you can easily cook as often as you want. Nice sitting room area. All 4 of us were able to watch TV at the end of a day of exploring the city. Our only complaint was no cable TV. They have Amazon Fire for TV. Had some issues watching the March Madness Basketball games and missed a few other channels. We weren't there to watch TV, so we made do.
This is a cozy place to stay, situated real close to good food and grocery. We were a five minute walk from the “L” line which was real nice.
1 block away is the Blue Line to O’Hare & the Loop, Zipcar, Enterprise & Divvy Bike rental. Centrally located in Wicker Park/Bucktown, known for its night life & eclectic shopping.
June 6 was the grand opening of the Bloomingdale Trail, a multi-use linear park that will be the first of its kind in Chicago. The trail and park runs along an unused, elevated rail line along Bloomingdale Avenue. Stretching 2.7 miles through four vibrant Chicago northwest side neighborhoods. www.606.org
Swanky nightclubs, upscale restaurants, and nationally- recognizable specialty clothing stores like American Apparel have transformed Wicker Park into arguably Chicago’s trendiest neighborhood. Many musicians and starving artists who once flocked to Wicker Park have since relocated to more affordable parts of town, but remnants of its history as an artist’s haven remain.
The contrast between Wicker Park’s charming original buildings and the establishments that occupy them are noticeable. A Potbelly Sandwich Works (1623 N. Damen) in an old fire house, Zen Noodles & Sushi (1852 W. North) in a vintage brick two-flat. While the fusion is anything but seamless, the availability of any and every cuisine, shop, and service gives the whole neighborhood a never-sleeps, almost Manhattan-like bustle.
Wicker Park may have traded traditional for trendy, but Bucktown remains true to its roots as a working class community with affordable residences that appeal to less affluent artists and young professionals. Thought to have been named Bucktown for its time as a goat-farming community (a “buck” is a young male goat), this growing neighborhood was initially settled by Poles in the early 1830s. Germans, Jews, and Latin Americans would soon follow, lending to the overwhelming appreciation for diversity evident in Bucktown today.