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CHICAGO'S LAVISH 1-6BR HISTORIC LANDMARK. CHICAGO B&B LICENSE # 2288928

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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CHICAGO'S LAVISH 1-6BR HISTORIC LANDMARK. CHICAGO B&B LICENSE # 2288928

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday estate in Chicago - The Florsheim Arts Mansion B&B

Epic historic home, 1-6 BRs, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-12), Especially for Art Lovers

Enjoy Chicago as “patrons of the arts” in the famous Florsheim Mansion for the Arts B&B in Chicago's Gold Coast at 1328 N. State Parkway. One of the most architecturally significant homes in Chicago, the Florsheim Mansion for the Arts is a perfect destination for families or groups.

The historic residence actually has two houses: the Main House and the Guest House which can be rented separately.

The Main House has 3 BR/3B and a den (6 or 7 total beds), the Guest House has 2BR/2B (2 or 3 total beds), and both can be rented together for a total of 5BR/5B + den with sofa bed.

During weekdays (Mon-Thurs), and during the winter months, the Main House and the Guest House can be rented separately.

The Main House entrance features a small guest bedroom with 2 full beds and full bath/shower, as well as a large den/office with fireplace and a pull-out queen size couch for 2. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a very large entertaining Living Room with a 7' Steinway Grand Piano and a formal Dining Room. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with king size bed (can be converted to two full beds) and full bath as well as another guest room with two full size beds (can be combined together) and full bath.

The Guest House features a small bedroom/bath on the 1st floor with 1 or 2 single beds. The 2nd floor includes a massive Great Room/Art Studio with 20' soaring ceilings, large hearth, and a Media Room with flatscreen TV. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with queen size bed and full bath.

Combined, the Main House and Guest House can comfortably sleep 6-11 people.

In terms of entertaining, art events and concert performances, the Living Room with its Steinway Grand Piano can host 40-50 people and the Great Room/Art Studio + Media Room could easily fit a party of 15-20 more, ideal for conferences or large family gatherings. An outdoor gathering could also be hosted in the Garden. The Garden features a Zen-like Koi and Turtle Pond.

In total, the Mansion is fully furnished with 5 bedrooms + den, 5 bathrooms, high-tech media room, Great Room/Art Studio/Library, living room, dining room, and gardens. Over 5000 square feet of luxurious living space. Located on State Street you are just 2 blocks from the lake, 3 blocks from Michigan Avenue, and 2 blocks from the famous Rush/Division nightlife hub. Parking available and fully pet friendly. Please feel free to visit the Mansion's website, Florsheim Mansion dot com.

The Florsheim Mansion for the Arts has long been an important art destination in Chicago. The home is named after Lillian Florsheim, the shoe empire heiress who was one of the finest sculptors and gala host's of her day. The home was previously owned by the Director of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. In recent years the home has been used as an Artist in Residency destination for some of the world's most prestigious artists. The home also hosts numerous philanthropic events focused especially on showcasing the art, culture and music of the Middle East and other areas of conflict around the world. In a unique twist, artists are hosted at the mansion by benefactors from the other side of the conflict. A portion of your vacation rental will be allocated towards these philanthropic activities, as well as the ongoing restoration of the home.

Photos: please note there is an extensive array of nearly 100 photos available at the airbnb dot com /rooms/1584509.

By the Numbers:

1938: The year the house was built by architect Andrew Rebori

1968: The year the floating galley kitchen was built by architect Bertrand Goldberg

$2.3 million: The amount the current owners paid for the home in 2006

$300,000: The amount invested so far in our ongoing restoration efforts

5: Number of bedrooms (plus a den)

5: Number of bathrooms

$1375: Per night cost to rent the entire space during Cubs home game weekends and all holiday weekends

$1200: Per night cost to rent the entire space (May-December)

$1000: Per night cost to rent the entire space for weekdays only (May-December)

$750: Per night cost to rent the entire space (Jan-April)

$500: Per night cost to rent the Main House only (Jan-April)

$250: Per night cost to rent the Guest House only (Jan-April)

$300: Housekeeping fee for entire residency ($200 for Main House, $100 for Guest House)

$1000-$3000: cost of refundable security deposit

4.5%: mansion restoration, philanthropic support fee, and any and all taxes

16.4%: What your taxes would have been at a Chicago hotel

3: Minimum night’s stay

1: Number of turtles living in the garden pond (his name is Wilbur, please feed him)

Yes: whether or not we rent the space for weddings and events. Please inquire

2: Number of blocks to Lake Michigan

5: Number of blocks to Michigan Avenue and Magnificent Mile

3: Number of blocks to Rush Street and the best restaurants in Chicago

1: Number of cars that will fit in the garage (at $40/day)

No: Whether or not you really need a car since you can walk to nearly everything

Uber: the app you should download before you come just in case you need a car

1: Number of blocks to the bus stop that take you to downtown

10: number minutes cab ride to Wrigley Field

No: Whether breakfast is actually served at the B&B

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets considered
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The Florsheim Mansion is one of our greatest joys. It is possibly the best and most significant house in Chicago's gold coast and it is a great honor to own it. In the tradition of the Mansion, we continue to make the space available to visiting artists, dignitaries, executives, families and groups.

There are three key benefits. First is the location. You are literally steps from Lake Michigan, Chicago's best dining and shopping, the famous Rush Street, Michigan Avenue, etc. Second, this architecturally significant home is perfect for a group of 6-11 people (sleeping) and 10-15 people for small events. And third, is the most charming garden in the city.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p289158vb
Chicago Illinois
4

GREAT LOCATION AND UNIQUE!

  • 4 out of 5
What a unique and fantastic location for this wonderful accommodation in the Gold Coast area. Our group of 10 spent a great time enjoying the spacious, comfortable interiors and setting. We could not have asked for a better place to call home for our charity walk weekend in Chicago. Russ was flexible, helpful and very responsive. The mansion had many interesting rooms, art, quirky spaces, and a great outdoor courtyard where we enjoyed an evening aperitif and breakfast coffee. (Wilbur the turtle made a brief morning appearance and we fed him his special food). The neighborhood is beautiful; just two blocks away are restaurants and grocery stores. We indulge in each. The train stop is a 10 minute walk. Great option for the airport if you are on a budget. The lake is just a handful of blocks away on foot. You do not need a car. This is the place to be for a group gathering and home base in one of the best locations in Chicago.
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p289158vb
Chicago Illinois
Benton, AR
5

STAY HERE!

  • 5 out of 5
Great location! The living room has a view to Lake Michigan. Everything within easy walking distance/train station. House is wonderful for groups. I highly recommend this property.
  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p289158vb
Chicago Illinois
5

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

  • 5 out of 5
Great property for a family gathering of 10 people that provided a perfect blend of "together" time, but also plenty of "private" time, with the sprawling nature of the property. Great location with respect to downtown attractions, restaurants and access to taxis. Everything one needs for a great weekend is at your fingertips!
  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
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Chicago Illinois
Dallas, TX
5

UNBELIEVABLE! OUR JAWS DROPPED WHEN WE WALKED IN!

  • 5 out of 5
The Florsheim Mansion is even better than you could ever imagine. When my friends and I arrived, we couldn't believe our eyes. We had a small gathering to celebrate an event, and it was plenty of space to accommodate everyone. Russ was the best owner I've ever dealt with. He always responded very promptly to me. In one section of the house, the heater wasn't working properly. I called Russ, and he had someone out there to fix it within an hour. Overall, I was very pleased with my stay, and the location can't be beat!
  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p289158vb
Chicago Illinois
5

CHICAGO AT ITS FINEST

  • 5 out of 5
We had booked another property for a gathering of family and friends from across the country which fell through at the last minute. I emailed Russ and he replied very quickly letting me know the property would be available. With few options available we booked it and it turned out to be terrific.
The mansion is a bit like stepping into a modern art museum which, to be honest, was a bit intimidating at first, but it did not take long before we felt very much at home. The house was clean and had most anything you could need or want for a weekend away. The furnishings are modern but comfortable. The architecture and art are absolutely amazing. But the real star of the show is the location. In the heart of the Gold Coast, you are only a few minute's walk from the very best that Chicago has to offer. Do not hesitate to book this property, you will not regret your choice. Happy travels.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Chicago's Lavish 1-6BR Historic Landmark. Chicago B&B License # 2288928
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Chicago Illinois
Holland, MI
5

GREAT LOCATION; CALM COURTYARD

  • 5 out of 5
I am a Pastor to College students and Young Adults. We recently spent time at the mansion as we met with many organizations in the Chicago area.

We found the location to be amazing; within walking distance of many beautiful parts of Chicago, and very much within driving distance of every other location we visited. Because of the amount of people housed at the mansion, we were able to experience this great place without a super expensive per person fee. Also, we loved the courtyard area, a great reprieve for those who used it.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
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Location

Car: not necessary
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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday estate in Chicago, Illinois

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Cubs home games and holidays
4 May 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
$4,331
for 3 nights
From
$1,444
 
 
Winter
5 Jan 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,575
for 2 nights
From
$788
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$3,150
for 3 nights
From
$1,050
From
$1,260
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $210 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable Damage Deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes $1375: Per night cost to rent the entire space during Cubs home game weekends and all holiday weekends
$1200: Per night cost to rent the entire space (May-December)
$1000: Per night cost to rent the entire space for weekdays only (May-December)
$750: Per night cost to rent the entire space (Jan-April)
$500: Per night cost to rent the Main House only (Jan-April)
$250: Guest House (Jan-April)

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Chicago in Illinois

Property Type:
  • estate
Location Type:
  • Lake View
General:
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Garage ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking Off Street
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Catering Available
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Video Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • racquetball
  • hiking
  • basketball court
Notes:
Media Room, Great Room with soaring fireplace, massive living room, Zen Garden/patio.
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