The 10 Best Airbnbs in Chicago for Visiting Out-of-Towners

For when you prefer guests to stay, y’know, away

November 14, 2016 9:00 am

How does a hospitable gent make visiting company feel at home?

Is it space and privacy? Amicable vintage charm? Perhaps an in-home sauna?

Whatever it may be, let’s assume they won’t find it at your home.

That’s what Airbnb is for. Which is why we scoured the home-sharing service site for the 10 best Chicago accommodations for incoming guests, whether it’s friends, family or — gulp — the in-laws.

Because if you’re gonna send ’em elsewhere, you better make sure “elsewhere” is better than “just somewhere else.” Below, you’ll find 10 beautiful pads that fit the bill.

The Vintage Charmer
Wicker Park

Couples who appreciate minimal style will enjoy this cozy garden apartment. The space is immaculate and big on vintage style, and couldn’t be more residential: it’s located on a quiet block in Wicker Park. CHECK IT OUT

The Gentleman’s Spa
Ukrainian Village

A gorgeous in-home sauna awaits at this modern one-bedroom loft, complete with a modern kitchen, a bedroom skylight that looks up into the home’s living room and a huge rooftop deck. But beware of this place, it’s so well-appointed you’ll wanna spend a few nights here yourself. CHECK IT OUT

The Born-Again Church
Wicker Park

If you’re in search for a one-bedroom, might as well make that a one-bedroom in a converted church, right? An unparalleled stay in Chicago, this former church has been completely retrofitted into an architectural marvel and features 35-foot ceilings, stained glass and comfortable modern furniture. CHECK IT OUT

The Minimalist Artist Loft

Situated in the heart of Pilsen, this artist loft has enough room for a crowd, but why share digs this beautiful? The place promises plenty of light and could very well be the most well-appointed rental in the city. CHECK IT OUT

The Spacious Condo
Old Town

With three bedrooms, friends and family can sprawl out in this airy condo that comes with killer rooftop views. Otherwise, there’s a lot to like inside. Exceptional furniture. Comfortable bedding. Overall, an inviting contemporary space that will suit all tastes. CHECK IT OUT

The Eclectic Residence
Logan Square

A lovely blend of rustic Southwest design touches and modern comforts, this Logan Square four-bedroom delivers on all fronts. Plus, like another abode on this list, the place is managed by local hospitality group Bangtel, so you’ll be sure your guests will be taken care of. CHECK IT OUT

The Art Lover’s Greystone

If you’re looking for a place on the north side, you won’t find a more welcoming spot than this traditional Uptown greystone. The kitchen may be a little spartan, but the place makes up for it in tasteful art and remarkable decor. CHECK IT OUT

The Penthouse Escape
Old Town

An over-the-top spot we’d gladly hang our hat on, this 2,500-square-foot penthouse comes with a little history: built in 1897 and renovated in 2012 with 120-year-old barn wood floors with a private rooftop deck overlooking Sears Tower. Got a big group coming through? This is their place. CHECK IT OUT

The Elegant Dwelling
Lincoln Park

The second of two Bangtel properties we love, this is a lovely little escape in Lincoln Park billed as a “live-in gallery”: all the art on the walls is for sale. CHECK IT OUT

The Not-So-Humble Abode
Wicker Park

Looking for a spot that pulls out all the stops? This family-operated property has glamour at every turn, including an incredible outdoor space complete with a hot tub. But guests won’t be disappointed with what’s inside: understated luxury can be found everywhere from the kitchen to the five bedrooms and three baths. CHECK IT OUT


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