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Ride the Rails From West Chicago to the Windy City in Chicago

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This delightful apartment in our home is quite a creative way to do the Windy City and the western suburban area inexpensively. It is probably more like a bed and breakfast situation, but instead, you do your own cooking and pack your own picnic lunches to take on your outings in your own beautiful new kitchen. Our home is in West Chicago, which is about 30 miles directly west of Chicago, and it takes about an hour to get downtown. We have an all brand new 1000 square foot apartment that is just waiting for couples or families who desire to see the sights of the Chicago area, but may not have the means or desire to stay in the big city. We are located in beautiful DuPage County and are located about 6 minutes from the train station where you can jump on at many different times during the day and ride downtown where you arrive at Ogilvie Station. For a week-end stay,  you just get a $7/person week-end pass and take as many trips back and forth as you want to. For example, go downtown for the morning, come back to the apartment for a rest and some shopping on 3rd Street in Geneva, IL which is about 10 minutes away and then hop back on the train for an evening festival or theater performance or a spectacular fireworks display. The trip takes about one hour or less if you happen to be on an express train.
You can always drive yourself downtown if you prefer. This is a good idea especially if you desire to go to the Museum complex which is a distance from the train station. It is a beautiful walk along the Lake shore, but maybe not so delightful with young children. Driving downtown is a pretty easy, straightforward trip and not too crowded if you travel at an off-rush-hour time frame.
Besides going to the big city, there is a wealth of sites to see around the apartment. The Prairie Path is nearby where you can bike, jog, or walk for miles and miles. Cantigny War Museum and Gardens are nearby and there are two living history museums close at hand, Kline Creek Farm and Naper Settlement. We are about 20 minutes from the Morton Arboretum also. We have a vast variety of golf course very close by. These are just a few suggestions amongst many options.


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The apartment has its own exterior entrance leading to the interior stairs which take you up to the second story where the apartment is located. The one bedroom has a queen bed, 2 reclining reading chairs to relax in if you have children sleeping in the living room area, and a very large walk-in closet. The living room is large with a full size sofa bed and at one end, 2 sets of twin bunk beds. There is also a DVD player. The kitchen is fully equipped and everything is brand new, full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, granite counter tops, coffee maker, toaster, and wonderful hardwood maple flooring which leads into the dining room which has a table that will seat 8 when fully extended and a roll top desk. The bathroom is quite large featuring two sinks with corian countertops, ceramic flooring, a separate full shower, a separate toilet room and a 2 person jacuzzi tub for relaxing after a full day of excitement seeing all the sights of the area.
We pay close attention to the quality and condition of our sheets and towels and we, the owners, are on site if you have any questions or problems with anything.
The delightful two tiered deck at the entrance has a charcoal grill and outdoor table and chairs. Our home sits on a 1/2 acre and so there is plenty of room for the children to play outside in the backyard while waiting for the folks to get ready to go! We also have a local park within walking distance which has play equipment, ball parks and an outdoor water park. Parking for the apartment is off-street.
This spring, we will be installing a walkway from the entrance of the apartment, around the front of the house to the parking area. We will also be posting pictures of the exterior in the spring.
This is a no smoking property both inside and outdoors, no exceptions.

activities and attractions in Chicago Illinois

Garfield Park Botanical Gardens - about 45 minute drive
Brookfield Zoo - about an hour drive
Frank Lloyd Wright tours in Oak Park - about 45 minute drive
CantignyWar Museum and Gardens - about 10 minute drive
3rd St. shopping in Geneva - beautiful quaint, quality shops about 10 minute drive
Morton Arboretum - about 20 minute drive
various outlet malls - one is 20 minutes away and one is 45 minutes away
Golf - the closet course is less than 10 minutes away
Outdoor Water Park - about 2 minute drive
Prairie Path - access is less than 5 minutes away
Fantastic variety of restaurants from $ to $$$$$
Cross country skiing at various forest preserves
Of course, everything the Big City has to offer

vacation rental rates

Year round rate is $100/night or $600/week or $2000/month for 1-2 persons.
Year round rate is $125/night or $750/week or $2500/month for 3-5 persons.

Year round rate is $150/night or $900/week or $3000/month for 6-8 persons.
$300 deposit is required for all rentals, refundable upon satisfactory check-out.

2 night minimum stay normally/3 night minimum stay for holiday week-ends

1/2 of the rent plus deposit is required within 7 days of booking.
The other 1/2 of the rent is due 30 days before check-in date.


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Top things to do in Chicago
  • Take an Architectural Boat Tour
  • Go to the Theater
  • Play Golf at the Many Courses in DuPage County
  • Shop the Magnificent Mile
  • Attend one of the many festivals
Top things to do on a budget
  • Sit and watch the boats at Navy Pier
  • Free outdoor concerts at Millenium Park
  • Walk along the Lake Front
  • Bike For Miles on the Prairie Path
  • Picnic at Grant Park or in a Suburb Forest Preserve
Top things to do with a family
  • Museums
  • Lincoln Park Zoo / Brookfield Zoo
  • Cubs game, Sox game, Bears game Blackhawks game, Bulls, game
  • Oak Street Beach
  • Winter Ice Skating at Millenium Park

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Wonderful Weekend Get Away

Review submitted: October 2, 2011   Date of arrival: September 17, 2011

This apartment exceeded our expectations in every way. The cost is excellent compared to hotel rates in the area. The owners were very nice and fixed a broken bulb in the bathroom as soon as we arrived. My wife and I spent time shopping in St. Charles, Geneva, Wheaton & Naperville. We did not take advantage of the rails to get downtown Chicago as we had our own vehicle. I will definetely stay at this rental apartment with my family in the future if we are back in the area. I highly recommend this rental as it has all the comforts of home.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Great for families

Review submitted: October 23, 2010   Date of arrival: September 10, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for 8 nights with our two young children (4 & 1). It worked out great for us. My 4 year old loved the bunk beds, and it was so nice to have a separate room for our 1 year old. It's a very spacious apartment. Plenty of room in the kitchen and bathroom for a family. We also had access to the washer/dryer which was conveniently located at the entrance of the apartment. We chose this location because we were visiting places and people in both the city and the suburbs. It took us about an hour to drive into the city, but it was a pretty easy drive and didn't bother us (plus it gave time for our kids to nap in the car!). While downtown Chicago has a lot to offer, I'd highly recommend anyone staying here to check out some of the great attractions closer to West Chicago in cute villages like Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Geneva. One thing you don't want to miss is Morton Arboretum just outside of Glen Ellyn. Also, this apartment is within walking distance to a nice park and playground.

Kathy was so nice and always available to help with anything, yet she was never obtrusive. If you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable way to visit Chicagoland with your family, then you definitely want to give this place a look.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 5 / 5


Great Spot!

Review submitted: September 15, 2010   Date of arrival: September 3, 2010

We loved the location! My husband and I were looking for a romantic getaway for a great deal. The apartment was very spacious, quiet, and the pictures didn't do it justice! We enjoyed all the amenties and found shopping, grocery stores, etc. very easily and close by. We road the rails into downtown Chicago everyday, and with the weekends only being $7 and ride all weekend, we could park our car and not have to worry about gas, parking or driving. (Parking at the train station was also free on the weekend.) Although we only meant our host for a few minutes, Kathy seemed very pleasant and eager to help with any of our needs. We highly recommend this location!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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