Beautiful house 4 all Occasion!

Homestay in Portage Park - Chicago, United States

About the Homestay

Cosmopolitan Cosy
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

The Space and Getting around:
Beautiful 3 flat brick house in a safe and quiet neighborhood located in the middle of a very cultural northwest side of the city.
We have hosted students & interns that went to DePaul, KENDALL, Inst. Medical Educ, IL Inst. of Art, Loyola, Argosy, Roosevelt, East-West, UIC, R. Morris, U. Of Illinois, Columbia, NEIU, Dominican, AIME, etc. Business, Companies, Clinics & Hospitals.

As a guest or student you will have access to 24 hour public transportation (busses, city train and METRA, UBER) a great variety of stores where you can find products, fresh produce and internationally, restaurants such as Mexican Puerto Rican, Peruvian, polish, Italian, Greek, middle eastern, Asian and American diners. 2 huge parks with an outdoor swimming pools and indoor in one of the parks, public library, gym, one of the city colleges of Chicago, the mall, post office, and 30 minutes to the lake in public transportation, 20 minutes in car and 35 minutes to downtown in public transportation, 30 by car.

Chicago is a huge city to explore if you want your stay to be memorable and exciting here are some things to do: easy access to see a CUBS or SOX game, visit the different diverse neighborhoods for the street festivals, see our amazing architecture in downtown, ride the double Decker bus, visit ALL of our beautiful amazing museums, Millennium park which offers free concerts, the Art institute, take a stroll on the magnificent Michigan mile, Navy Pier, plays and operas, also take a walk, run, biking or sunbathe in our beautiful beaches in front of the blue lake Michigan.
Want to continue the fun at night? There are lots of things to do such as dance clubs, lounges, bars, and movie theaters.
After an exciting day in the city you can always come to a very comfortable home. To relax in the backyard, take a nap, nice warm shower, read book or laid back and listen to music, so you can start another exciting new day.

Our home is your home and we want to give you the best, simple and unique at same time.

There are 3 independent units in the house, 2 bedrooms in the first floor, 3 bedrooms in the second floor and 2 bedrooms in the lower floor.
Our 3 cats live in the 1st floor, NO cats or pets live in the 2nd floor & lower floor. Your pet is welcome in our lower floor.

Your bedroom: You can have a big, clean and private bedroom with a queen bed and comfortable pillows and linens, thermal blankets, a night stand, dresser, enough closet space, hungers, iron, hair dryer, mirror, and if you are student we can provide a computer desk. Your bedroom also has a window with curtains, an alarm clock with radio;, ceiling fan. We have air conditioners that we use during hot days. During the winter time we have a heater radiator that keeps the room and the whole apartment in a comfortable temperature to keep you warm and cozy.

Guest Access:
First floor Living room: You can enjoy our comfortable shared living room with a sofa and chairs to relax, listen to music or read a book while feeling the breeze of our ceiling fan; I have decorated this space with plants and some international decorations of our trips.
we have in our living room a HDTV with surround sound system, Smart Hub with Netflix, Youtube to watch programs, movies, etc. We have a blue ray dvd player as well.

The living room in the SECOND FLOOR is amazing we call it the RELAXATION ROOM. You will enjoy our apartment using our comfortable share living room, and is call it the Relaxing room with a beautiful carpet and many pillows and a few chairs to relax, listen to quiet and relaxing music, do yoga, meditation, or receiving a Relaxing Therapeutic Massage, or read a book while feeling the breeze of our ceiling fan, I have decorated this space with plants and some international decorations of our trips.

The shared dining rooms are spacious with a comfortable table for four people, light decorated with our trip souvenirs. You can also enjoy your meals around the table or on the kitchen table as you want.

You can use our shared bathroom where we can provide clean towels, other amenities such as soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, hand sanitizer, hand cream, body lotion and toiletries.
We have a good kitchen with a stove, stove extractor, refrigerator, cabinets, microwave, conventional oven, toaster, blender, pantry to store your food products, etc.

You can enjoy the breakfast with fresh coffee or tea self-served. Enjoy cooking your own lunch or dinner; you can cook your meals where we can provide kitchen utensils to facilitate the time for your cooking. We can provide also a specific space for your fresh produces in the refrigerator. You can refresh yourself with ice cubes from our ice maker machine and cool water that is part of the fridge, you can also prepare your own smoothies and beverages.

Please you have to clean everything that you used and leave everything as it was, please whatever you dirty clean it. You can enjoy your meals in two places: in the kitchen table or in the dining room.

During your stay you can use the beautiful back yard of the house and our brick patio, you can use this yard by using our umbrellas, a yard chair or using your own towel to relax, for sunbathing or read a book, you can also have a peaceful experience enjoying our tons of plants and flowers, during the day beautiful birds singing around the yard, you can also use the grill outside. Remember to clean up after yourself. If you want to enjoy the show of lighting bugs you have to go outside after the sunset!

Power Wi-fi 24/7.
If you have a car, parking is allowed a few steps from the house. On my block is Residential Parking (You need a permit) if you want to park your car on my block I can provide information about the permit parking passes.

Interaction with Guests:
We respect your privacy and no interactions is need it, only if you want, I am available to answer any questions or help with any information that you may need, it is easier to send me a text first before calling me. I will try my best to help you feel comfortable at all time.

The Neighborhood:
We have very nice, friendly and multicultural neighbors on the block and you can take a walk safely around other neighborhoods.

We can provide visitors guides and city maps for free to explore the city.

We suggest to buy a VENTRA (Public transportation) card in the Airport or at any CTA Line station, for a weekend or for a whole week depending of your days of stay. Also we suggest to buy a CITY-PASS if you want to do a TOUR in Downtown and save money during your enjoyable stay to have access to the most popular and amazing places in the city for a reasonable price.

Other Things to Note:
- Access to gym: 4 blocks from my house

- We will be very happy to receive you in our comfortable home, please when you apply for a room, share a little about yourself, and if you come with another guest we would like to know about him/her as well, what brings you to visit Chicago? And why or what made you chose my place? We are going to thank you.

- Please be mindful that the common areas are shared, so maintain a clean environment.
- Breakfast: you can enjoy your breakfast
We can provide coffee and tea, sugar and powder cream if you want.
•After your breakfast, please clean the area that you are occupying: kitchen table, dining table, stove, dishes, etc.
- Use of the kitchen: If you are going to cook, please enjoy your meal, once again clean after yourself, such as “pots, pans, utensils, dishes, THE STOVE"

- You will have access to a 24 hours public transportation (77 CTA Bus) the bus stop is steps away from the house
- PLEASE NOTE THAT WE REDUCE OUR PRICES PER NIGHT FOR FALL AND WINTER SEASONS and during spring and summer season is a regular price.

- We have a laundry on site, washing and dryer machine, so guest like you would not have to go elsewhere to do laundry.

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Computer
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Smoke alarm on each floor
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 32 nights

Maximum stay is for 180 nights

Available for given dates

Room #5 Specially for Backpack Walkers
From $45 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This is specially for Backpack Walkers Visitors without a heave Baggage. Beautiful house in a SAFE and QUIET neighborhood located in the middle of our cultural city. 24 hours/7days public transportation, the bus stop is STEPS AWAY from the house. NO cats

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2 guests
Monthly price
$1,350
$1,750
Room #7 24/7 LAST MINUTE BOOKING
From $46 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This room is awesome specially for visitors and business people, short or medium term, you can enjoy this comfortable and large room with a Queen size bed, large dresser, table lamp, red carpet, large closet, hungers, Windows and curtains.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Monthly price
$1,400
$1,896
Room #6 LAST MINUTE BOOKING
From $46 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This room is awesome specially for visitors, students and business people, short or medium term, you can enjoy this comfortable room with a Full size bed, medium dresser, table lamp, blue carpet, hungers, etc.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2 guests
Monthly price
$1,400
$1,896
Room #4 Happy Holidays
From $46 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double, 1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Big and private bedroom with inside lock and key, with a QUEEN & single size bed and comfortable pillows and linens, we provide thermal blankets during winter time, a night stand, closet & hungers, iron, laundry, 24 hour public transportation. No cats

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Monthly price
$1,400
$1,896
Room #3 Great 4 Business or Studies
From $46 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Big and private bedroom with inside lock and key, with a queen size bed and comfortable pillows and linens, we provide thermal blankets during winter time or cold days, a night stand, two spacious closets with hungers, computer desk with cabinet. No cats

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2 guests
Monthly price
$1,400
$1,896
Room #2 Home Away from Home
From $50 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Nice & private bedroom with inside lock & key, with a queen size bed with comfortable pillows and linens, we provide a thermal blanket during winter time, a night stand, a dresser, enough closet space, hungers, laundry, 24 hour public transportation.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2 guests
Monthly price
$1,500
$1,900
Room #1 Business in the Windy
From $46 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double, 1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Big and private bedroom with inside lock and key, with a queen & single size bed with comfortable pillows and linens, we provide thermal blankets during winter time, a night stand, a dresser, closet, hungers, laundry, 24 hour public transportation.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
  • Radio
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Monthly price
$1,400
$1,896
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About the Area

Beautiful 2 flat brick house in a safe and quiet neighborhood located in the middle of a very cultural northwest side of the city. As a guest or student you will have access to 24 hour public transportation (busses, city train and METRA, UBER) a great variety of stores where you can find products, fresh produce and internationally, restaurants such as Mexican Puerto Rican, Peruvian, polish, Italian, Greek, middle eastern, Asian and American diners. 2 huge parks with an outdoor swimming pools and indoor in one of the parks, public library, gym, one of the city colleges of Chicago, the mall, post office, and 30 minutes to the lake in public transportation, 20 minutes in car and 40 minutes to downtown in public transportation, 30 by car.

We have very nice, friendly and multicultural neighbors on the block and you can take a walk around other neighborhoods and you can find gentle people and seeing beautiful houses and its yards with beautiful flowers, trees and plants.

Chicago is a huge city to explore if you want your stay to be memorable and exciting here are some things to do: easy access to see a CUBS or SOX game, visit the different diverse neighborhoods for the street festivals, see our amazing architecture in downtown, ride the double Decker bus, visit ALL of our beautiful amazing museums, Millennium park which offers free concerts, the Art institute, take a stroll on the magnificent Michigan mile, Navy Pier, plays and operas, also take a walk, run, biking or sunbathe in our beautiful beaches in front of the blue lake Michigan.
Want to continue the fun at night? There are lots of things to do such as dance clubs, lounges, bars, and movie theaters.
After an exciting day in the city you can always come to a very comfortable home. To relax in the backyard, take a nap, nice warm shower, read book or laid back and listen to music, so you can start another exciting new day.
Our home is your home: we are open to share our beautiful and relaxing home by HOMESTAY and we want to give you the best, simple and unique at same time.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Beach
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Water sports
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Airport
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

1. No smoking, if you smoke you have to go outside of the property walk around the neighborhood, include no smoking on the yard, back porch or any place that is part of the property.
2. No illegal drugs
3. No visitors are allowed
4. You are free to come and go in anytime, but please be considerate at late hours.
5. We ask that you please clean-up after yourself; this includes washing your own dishes
6. Do not leave clothes laying around in the common areas, clean your hair from the shower drain.
7. If there is any damage, spills, or any broken things, please let us know. Otherwise, it may be subjected to additional fees that will be deducted from the deposits.
8. Please let us know if you have any issues, problems, concerns or an emergency by calling or texting immediately.
Thank you and we hope you enjoy your stay.

Smoking is not allowed.

13 Reviews

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    Germany
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    October 2017

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Roberto in ,

    Hello dear Stephan I am so happy that your parents had an amazing and pleasant staying at my home in Chicago! I surprised that You didn’t read my review about the stay of your parents, please tell them that they are ALWAYS welcome to my home! Best regards, Roberto

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    France
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    August 2017

    Roberto est très accueillant et disponible pour ses hôtes . Nous avons même partagé la dernière soirée ensemble dans son jardin. Maison pittoresque et sympathique. A recommander

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    United States
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    June 2017

    Our stay with Roberto was amazing. The house is beautiful & clean. Very quiet. Roberto was welcoming & was a great wealth of information. Public transportation was easy to get to & it was easy to use. Very nice neighborhood. I will be going back to Chicago & I look forward to staying with Roberto!

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    United States
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    June 2017

    Thanks for allowing me to find a home away from home! Your place is clean, neat, and quiet, and very comfortable. I would stay here again. I stayed here back in February.

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    England
    Age 65 - 74

    3 hearts
    May 2017

    Roberto was very friendly and helpful, he likes his guests to be part of the family. The house was a little too fussy for my tastes, I prefer a less cluttered style. The house is a long way from downtown, a train and bus ride. The service is good but it takes at least an hour. If you buy the pass it's not expensive. I really enjoyed Chicago, a great city, great music.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Roberto in ,

    Hello Eric I am Glad that you had a good time in Chicago! Was nice to host you!
    About your review: I don't understand when you said that the house was a little too fussy, we receive hundreds of guests from different countries and the States and we gave a house manual and rules to help our guests to be part of our home, and they always felt thankful, maybe you felt uncomfortable when I asked you to please remove your streets shoes because we take good care of our rugs.
    When you said that you prefer a less cluttered style, it's fine for you but remember that this is a home with its own personality and style and it's not a regular hotel or hotel room where you find there only a bed and a dresser.
    Chicago is a big city, and for chicagoans and visitors is normal to take buses and trains to go everywhere because its cheap. If the bus or train took you at least an hour is because (as I told you) the rush hours, if you go to downtown or comeback from downtown during the rush hour of course it's will takes at least an hour, but I remember suggesting you to use the public transportation after or before the rush hour (30 to 35 minutes to or from downtown)
    Thank you again for choosing our home as your second home!

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    Japan
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    March 2017

    Staying at Roberto's house was amazing. I could have fun both by having dinner with the family and concentrating on my study in the quite room alone. Since I could use the kitchen, I could save money for meals.

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    South Korea
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    October 2016

    Roberto was the nicest host ever! House was really safe and clean. Town has buses which easily can go to downtown in Chicago also airport too. I want to visit Roberto's house if i go back to chicago.

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    France
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    October 2016

    Un très beau séjour chez Roberto qui est très accueillant. L'appartement est dans un quartier sécuritaire et très propre. À recommander!

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    Spain
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    September 2016

    Buena gente, nos encanto su trato y ayuda en nuestra primera toma de contacto en Chicago, nos acompañaron en nuestra primera compra al super y nos explicaron todo para facilitarnos las cosas.
    Gracias Roberto

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    China
    Age 45 - 54

    4 hearts
    September 2016

    Nice people, beautiful garden, and very easy to go to the bus 77. Good place for a long stay.

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