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House 5863 Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #17 of 22 Chicago B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Booked a room recently at 2pm for a stay that same evening. The email confirmation never included codes for the front door or room. All calls to owner's cell phone went straight to voice mail so we used code from previous stay 2 years earlier for a different room than booked. (We needed to get our 70-yr old mother access to the room). This got the manager's attention as he said we would be charged a $51 upgrade fee for the new room and never offered anything close to an apology for his email confirmation system not performing as clearly indicated on his website.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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House5863, Owner at House 5863 Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

It's unfortunate that you had a bad experience. We currently have changed our check in policy. We are also ordering a new system that will no longer allow people to check in early into their rooms or check in at all without a current code that must be set up by a manager or myself.

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

House 5863 is a lovely location, overlooking a 'dog park,' which is a big school, in the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. There are lots of great restaurants within walking distance. The CTA is an easy walk to go into the Loop for fun in the Windy City. The manager on-site is friendly and helpful. We've stayed here a number of times, including a college reunion in 2012, when we rented all five rooms. We've always had a great experience.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. We choose Room 2, the least expensive, which has the bath across the hall...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank beingthereStL
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Thank you.. Please stay with us again!!!

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This was a nice, quiet stay that was a good value. We only stayed one evening, but found the neighborhood to be good and it was close to the subway stop. There was plenty of food that was available at any time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank leonardogia
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Thank you.. Please stay with us again!!!

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Reviewed 13 August 2013

The pros: clean; nice location in Edgewater; easily accessible; keyless entry; some street parking (although we had to park four blocks away when returning after dinner) and a sleek European look. Paid parking is available, but we didn't think it was necessary.

The cons: blinds broken and drapes not wide enough to cover the large window which overlooks the street; no soap in the bathroom or shower; no one on site to handle questions or help with issues mentioned. A phone number is listed for concerns, but we didn't realize our problems until late at night. We tried stopping by the office twice during 'office hours' of 3:00 - 6:00 PM to meet the owner/manager, but no one answered our knock.

Overall, it offers a comfortable environment away from downtown.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SeeitAll728
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House5863, Owner at House 5863 Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thank you.. Please stay with us again!!! We are always on the property and are in and out running errands for the bed and breakfast. The blinds have been repaired numerous times. If blinds are broken we ask that guest let us know so we can have them repaired.

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Reviewed 26 February 2013

On a lark, I decided to venture to Chicago in the winter to visit some friends and catch a show. One of my friends said there was a B&B near his house in Edgewater. I checked it out and decided that it would be great to stay in Chicago neighborhood rather than a large downtown hotel. I was quite happy with my choice. House 5863 is a bit different: its contemporary, clean and quiet. Breakfast is not communal. Rather, the proprietor set out a variety of self serve items, from croisants, pastries, bagels, cereal assortment, etc. The kitchen coolers are stocked with water, juices, sodas, and snacks... all available anytime. Our room was quite comfortable: outfitted with a King bed that was probably one of the top three beds I have ever slept in. Room was spacious and above all, quiet. Nice plasma television. There is also a great common sitting area, a deck and a garden, which I didn't have much use for in the winter, although I am sure it is an attraction in the warmer months. Important to me was the fact that the B&B was located in a great Chicago neighborhood close to friends and a block or two from the Red Line "El" to downtown Chicago. I was able to walk to restaurants and to some great Chicago pubs, or could jump on the train and be downtown in minutes. In sum, I would gladly stay again and do recommend it to others.

Room Tip: I stayed in Room 3 which featured a large in-suite steam room which was great to take off the Chicag...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Woody T
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

I stayed here with a friend while visiting another mutual friend who lives in Andersonville. It's a bright, well-kept little place with adequate amenities. I liked the key code entrances to both the inn and rooms - it definitely makes life easier not having to keep track of one more key/card.

The room was clean and cozy, with a very comfortable bed, and a modern and spacious bathroom. The room was a decent size, but unfortunately there is no closet - just a bar with some hangers in the corner - and just a few drawers. This wasn't a big deal for us, since we were only staying for two days. If you plan to stay longer, though, you may be a bit crunched for clothing space.

The kitchen was well-stocked with snacks and breakfast all day. There is a nice shared living room space. I didn't spend a lot of time there, but the friend traveling with me said the couch was cozy and wifi very convenient for getting a little work done.

One last note: They only have rooms with king beds. I was traveling with an old friend and we didn't mind sharing, but otherwise it's really more conducive to couples.

Room Tip: Be sure to check whether the room is en suite.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank slsnyc
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Stayed at House 5863 recently on a short business/vacation trip. Enjoyed ease of access and the quiest neighborhood. Met the owners shortly after my arrival (I arrived late in the evening and was provided with an access code to get into the B&B and nto my room). Asked for dinner recommendations and was very pleased with their choices. I like to read an the weekend that I was there was a beautiful fall day. I sat in the downstairs garden and enjoyed a fire that the owners had build in the garden area. Actually fell asleep for a bit... ha ha. Overall, enjoyed my stay and was glad to find a place close to the city, the trains and the Andersonville neighborhood. Was close to friends, the neighborhood and the trains to down town. Definitely on my menu of places to return to.

Room Tip: Room four is adjacent to the back deck and garden area.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about House 5863 Bed & Breakfast

Address: 5863 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660-3449
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Chicago
Price Range: £72 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — House 5863 Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
House 5863 is not your typical B&B. We are different. Here you will find no Victorian decor or rockers on a scenic porch. Rather, we are an urban, hip place to stay in the heart of Chicago's north side. Our style is contemporary comfort. Our rooms are clean, cool and most of all restive Our approach is more hands off than hands on. We focus on providing for all of your needs behind the scenes without disrupting your stay. Common areas are designed for casual living. The fully-equipped kitchen offers continental style breakfast with all the basics to allow you to serve yourself on your own schedule and at your own pace. Our garden and deck areas offer a quiet respite for relaxed joy. We offer five private guest rooms, each with its own private bath. Each room features a king-sized bed. All rooms are equipped with a flat panel television and free cable television and high-speed wireless internet access.All rooms sleep two guests. Room number 4 can accommodate an additional guest on a pull-out sofa for an additional guest charge. If you are traveling with children under the age of 7, please contact us before booking your reservation. All rooms and all private areas are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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