The SpaceThis home is a true blend of styles ... a bit of retro, classic, modern ... whatever you choose to call it, comfort is our goal. Take s long, relaxing soak in the jet tub, read a book on the oversized sofa, or express yourself with your culinary talents in the fully-applianced kitchen with prep island. Please note that, although there are welcome treats and bottled water at your disposal, in the interest of safety no other food or condiments are stocked. Perhaps a leisurely walk around the quiet neighborhood would be a nice change of pace, or simply sit on the deck with a cup of coffee and make plans for a spectacular adventure discovering Chicago and all it has to offer. No matter how you slice it, we hope your stay is comfortable and memorable in all the right ways! Guest AccessYou will not be sharing your space with other occupants, however the garage and additional bedroom are currently being used as storage areas by our son while he's away at basic training and tech school. Please respect his privacy ... the rest of the home is yours to enjoy. Interaction with GuestsIt is our sincere wish to greet you in person upon arrival, however in some situations that may not be possible. In the event we can't hand you the key personally, we will be sure to install a lock box or make other key delivery arrangements. If there is any way we can make your stay more comfortable, just ask! The NeighborhoodOur home is nestled inside a quiet, well-established neighborhood. You'll notice a very modest amount of traffic, as we are located off the beaten path of the main vehicle arteries. There is a sizeable array of shops, grocery stores, restaurants, and banks just a short drive away. A library, fitness centers, Metra stations, and more are also within close proximity.
Wheeling is one of the oldest villages in Chicagoland, established in the middle of the prairie over 200 years ago in 1894. The location near the Des Plaines river seemed the perfect place for pioneers, providing drinking water and a convenient route of travel. Legend has it that during prohibition, famed Chicago gangster Al Capone ran a bootleg and gambling racket out of the structure now known as the restaurant Bob Chinn's Crabhouse. The building was riddled with hidden tunnels and secret rooms, and had a trap door that Al would use to slip through the fingers of authorities time and time again. It's rumored that he used the Des Plaines river for nighttime distribution of his illegal wares.
On a lighter note, Wheeling's original schoolhouse currently serves as the tiny Wheeling museum. It is located on the east side of Wolf Road, two blocks north of Dundee Road. Getting AroundJust two miles from the Wheeling Metra station (weekday schedule only), and five+ miles to other full-service lines located in the neighboring towns of Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove. All of these trains have a final inbound destination of downtown Chicago, arriving at either the Ogilvie Center or Union Station. From there it's a leisurely walk or short bus/taxi ride east to Michigan Avenue. Other Things to NotePlease treat our home and belongings with respect, just as you would your own. We want you to be comfortable and enjoy your stay, but ... as my dad used to say ... everything in moderation! No blaring music or craziness, please, if you need it super loud just wear headphones.
The queen bed sleeps two ... if there is a third guest joining you, hopefully they are the adventurous type as they would be sleeping on the sofa! :)
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate extended stay exchange students or host students studying abroad. Our home is available only for limited blocks of time while it is not being occupied by a family member.
IMPORTANT: When using the whirlpool tub, please do not overfill. Water should reach the top jets only after the bather is seated in the tub; it's a costly ceiling repair to the kitchen below if it overflows.