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Mag Mile- Beautiful, Spacious Brownstone! in Chicago

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  • bedrooms 2
  • baths 2
  • sleeps 8
  • pool no
  • hot tub no
  • pets allowed no
  • type Apartment
  • community Gold Coast
  • rates (USD) $ 305 - $ 460 / night

vacation rental description

Another First Class Chicago property! City of Chicago Vacation Rental License #2125365. Rent Legally.  See all our offerings on our website at firstclasschicago! Follow us on Twitter under "firstclass312" to be notified of any special offerings.

You've found it! Location, Location, Location! No need to search further.  Simply look at the map of the location of our home compared to others and the decision is clear.  An historic 1890's brownstone in the heart of the exclusive Gold Coast where Chicago's elite reside. You absolutely cannot beat this location at E. Cedar St. between Rush and Lake Shore Drive. An artful blend of elegance and tradition housed in an original Brownstone building. Classic heritage, with charming decor that is tranquil and soothing with all new contemporary furnishings. The building is a national historic architectural landmark that blends romantic, 19th century ambience with modern comforts for today's traveler. Add your own chapter to the rich heritage of this storybook brownstone and experience a true classic when you stay at East Cedar.

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apartment rental amenities

Relax in your spacious (1,800 s.f., two story) and well appointed luxury condominium complete with warm and comfortable furnishings, hardwood and granite flooring, fireplaces, jetted tub, and full kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.  King bed in the upper bedroom and Queen in the lower, with two, full size convertible sofa beds in the upper living area.

For larger groups, we have two, 1bd/1ba apartments upstairs from this one in the same brownstone.  Each sleeps 4 persons.


activities and attractions in Chicago Illinois

Dining? This luxury, two bedroom, two bath brownstone condominium has everything you need within a short walk. You are steps from the famous Rosebud, Carmine’s, Bistro 110, Gibson's, Morton's, Corner Bakery, Big Bowl, Tavern on Rush, and the list goes on and on. For groceries, there is a Treasure Island a couple of blocks away.

Shopping? The world famous shopping mecca of the Magnificent Mile is two blocks from your front door where you can hit Tiffany’s, Saks, Ralph Lauren, American Girl, Nordstrom's, Banana Republic, H&M, Nike, Apple, Crate&Barrel, and all that is offered in Water Tower Place. Museums, Oak Street Beach, Navy Pier, Carriage Rides, the Chicago River, the Theater District, the Art District and more, is all at your fingertips.

vacation rental rates

January-March 15th (2013) $305/MON-THU (2 night MIN.) $405/FRI-SUN (3 night MIN )

March 16th-April (2013) $385/MON-THU (2 night MIN) $435/FRI-SUN (3 night MIN )

May-December (2013) $405/MON-THU (2 night MIN) $460/FRI-SUN (3 night MIN )

50% Due Upon Reservation, Full Payment Due 60 Days Before Arrival.

Credit Cards Are Accepted.
$150 Cleaning Fee.
Local taxes of 16.4% apply


Guests may choose to buy Rental Insurance instead of a Sec. Deposit for $49 per stay.

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  • Museums
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  • Beach
  • Bike Ride along the Lake
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  • Navy Pier
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Disappointed don't believe the hype

Review submitted: August 17, 2014   Date of arrival: August 2, 2014

I have waited a while to write this review as I wanted to give the letting agent a chance to respond to the 2 e mails that I sent them on my return to the UK. In them I pointed out a few issues with this property, however, as I have to date not received a reply I felt it only fair to give an honest review of this property.
The house is not as described it not luxurious by any standards and is in the main dirty, musty and tatty.
I could have looked past the condition of the fixtures and fittings but there is no excuse for dirty bedding, curtains and general dust.
We never found the e z bed which was advertised and had to sleep on a very uncomfortable and worn sofa bed (that was after we had to initially brushed off the hair, bottle tops and food that was in the mattress) .
The sofa was ripped and worn and covered over with a musty blanket and all of the furnishings without exception were in a similar condition.
The kitchen cupboards were tatty and the shelves needed a good clean.
The bathrooms had mould in, the mirror in one was discoloured and the toilet coming off the wall.
The bedding for the sofa beds was dirty and several of the pillows had what looked like blood on them I won't even say what some of the stains on the sheets looked like.
The plastic plants in the property were filty as were the windows, pelmets and skirtings.
I could go on but you can read the previous 2 unhappy customers to get the rest of the picture.
I e mailed the letting agent as many of these issues are easy to fix, but it would appear they are not bothered as a previous renter appears to have already pointed some of this issues out and was assured they had been dealt with. This is not true.
We were here 3 nights, had we been in a hotel we would have insisted on being moved.
We made the most of it, (we did not want to spend our precious time complaining).
In fairness the property is a good size and without doubt in an amazing location. But there were plenty of properties available in this area for the price we paid for this one.
The two stars is for the location and size of the property.

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Home Away from Home for Good Family Time

Review submitted: August 13, 2014   Date of arrival: August 6, 2014

Excellent location and safe, well-heeled neighborhood. Plenty of good restaurants and night life just around the corner. Walk to everything--Magnificent Mile stores, beach, downtown (about 30-40 minutes), Lincoln Park, Old Town. Easy to grab a taxi at the end of the block for more distant travels. Several blocks (10-15 minutes) to nearest metro Red Line and nearest grocery store to buy coffee and breakfast foods; two blocks to a CVS drug store. Apartment clean; kitchen well-stocked. Bathrooms have new tile and fixtures; kitchen counters and appliances looked new as well. Bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchen large and spacious. A couple reading chairs on lower level would have been nice as alternative seating to straight kitchen-table chairs. Bathrooms very small, but typical of Chicago urban living. Plenty of nice, thick, fluffy bath towels. Tumbled marble tile in bathroom on lower level already showing much mold/mildew. Hardwood floors in kitchen need refinishing; wood trim around doors/closets needs painting. Still, apartment quite comfortable and neat but décor and amenities not luxurious. (Think young professional's apartment vs. Ritz Carlton or Chateau Relais hotels.) Small things like Kleenex in the tissue boxes, tourist info brochures, and a few magazines or books would have added to comfort. On-line reservations, exchange of contractual documents, and email correspondence were simple and efficient. Everything worked like a charm. My husband and I stayed for five nights along with my 33-year old son and daughter-in-law. Having bedrooms on different levels (one up and one down) gave us privacy. It was so much better than staying in a hotel since we could enjoy good family time with the feel of being "at home." A delightful visit to Chicago.

Recommended for: age 55+, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 0 / 0



Review submitted: July 13, 2014   Date of arrival: July 10, 2014

Wow, This property was tattered and torn. Hardwood flooring in awful condition. Ripped lamp shade and couch cushion in living room. Torn curtain in master bed room. Kitchen cabinets chipped from daily use with no repairs for years. Water stopped flowing from shower head in first floor bath when water was used in other rooms. Clearly the pictures on the VRBO website are very , very , very old!! Most importantly when asked about an unfavorable review which pointed out all of the same issues, we were assured that all problems had been taken care of.
If you don't care about the condition of your rental then stay here. On a positive note the Gold Coast location was very convenient.

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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