We travel to Chicago quite often and have been trying to stay out of the downtown area. We like to try new places and like to stay at a bed and breakfast on occasion. B&Bs are different from hotels so you need to know what is involved or you could be disappointed. The amenities are usually quite different and the charm is always different from a hotel experience. We actually arrived later than expected due to car trouble and had to call for a later arrival time. That's an example of one difference, B&Bs don't usually have a "front desk" so you need an appointment to check in. I am used to this, so I knew to call the number, which I had handy in advance, to arrange a different arrival appointment. I HATE driving in Chicago but getting to the House of Two Urns was so easy and so appreciated after my horrible day (remember the car trouble). Kapra, the owner was happy to give us a later time and tried to get us checked in as fast as possible.
After getting our keys and a quick tour of our room and common area I drove the car around to the back to our parking spot. Parking in Chicago is a pain so I always make sure parking is included if possible. The hotels downtown charge a fortune! We carried our luggage up the back stairs which is where there is an outside seating/deck area. It looked really nice but we were starving so we dropped everything just inside the door and headed out to find a place to eat.
Wicker Park is just the coolest area and being a Friday night it was hopping. I am a bit of a scaredy cat being out in the city at night but I love this area and always felt safe. The House of Two Urns is so close to so many things it seems the perfect place to stay. Just a few blocks walk and you can find everything from a full size grocery store to a CVS, liquor store, etc. So, if location is an issue for you, this is a great alternative to being downtown. Close to everything you could possibly want; stores, restaurants, bars, the subway.
The B&B itself is quite nice. There is a large dining area where breakfast is served and you give Kapra, the owner, the time you would like to be seated for breakfast. This is not a hard time, as in if you aren't there you don;t get served, but more like a time when you are expected and a little leeway is OK. Each morning we had a wonderful home baked muffin, fresh fruit, and OJ, followed by the main entree. One morning was waffles with fresh berries and berry syrup the next was a Mexican fritatta. All was yummy. There are also breads, homemade jams, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. on the sidebar. One of our favorite things about staying at a B&B are the morning conversations with the other guests. We have met people from all over the world, and this trip was no different. Fantastic conversations both mornings and one morning Kapra sat down with her cup and enjoyed the conversation with us. That doesn't ever happen in a hotel!!
Our room was a queen bed with a private bath upstairs from the main breakfast area. It was accessible from a separate front entrance as well as the rear entrance. There is a very large common area adjacent to our room, which is shared with 4 other rooms. It consists of a large sitting area, sort of like 2 living rooms together and a full kitchen. This was really nice for making popcorn in the microwave, keeping cool drinks in the fridge, and relaxing on the couches. The wifi was great and worked everywhere we needed it, both in our room and the common areas. Because most of the other guest were gone all day we really had the whole space to ourselves most of the time. But I love having room to stretch out and not just sit on your bed while trying to check email.
There are many other room options and I would think if you called and spoke with Kapra she would be happy to explain the options and suggest which might be best for you. I highly recommend The House of Two Urns.
- Also Known As:
- House Of Two Urns Hotel Chicago
- House Of 2 Urns Bed And Breakfast
- House Of Two Urns Hotel
- House Of Two Urns b&b
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Wicker Park bed and breakfast filled with art and antiques offers free wi-fi, full hot breakfast, free parking. Guestrooms all have access to guest kitchens, laundry, sitting areas, decks/patios and most have private bathrooms. Conveniently located 1.5 blocks to subway from airport and 3 bus lines that take you to Mag Mile, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo.Larger rooms/suites offer garage or off-street parking, others on-street with free permit we provide. Freshly baked muffins, home made jams from our fruit and herb garden, a daily Chef's Choice special entree and lots of bagels, hearty breads, yogurt, oatmeal, cereals, bananas and home-made granola to choose from rounds out our tasty breakfast served daily from 7 - 10 am. All rooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, some have fireplaces and jacuzzis. Since 1991, we are the longest running Chicago B&B where friends and family love to stay. ... more less
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