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.
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 (April-December)
$750: Per night cost to rent the entire space (Jan-March)
$500: Per night cost to rent the Main House only (Jan-March)
$250: Per night cost to rent the Guest House only (Jan-March)
$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
- children welcome
- alternative lifestyle
- pets considered
Why The Owner chose Chicago
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.
What makes this estate unique
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.