|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
Take comfort in the fact that this historic home/mansion is one of the only actual houses in the gold coast available for vacation rentals, and is fully licensed by the City of Chicago as a Bed & Breakfast (Chicago B&B License # 2288928).
The legendary residence was built by famous starchitect, Andrew Rebori in 1938 and was home to shoe heiress and sculptor, Lillian Florsheim, who purchased the place in 1946. The famed house has been called one of the "sexiest homes in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine. It is a significant landmark of the city. Oozing with architectural brilliance, the home is 4500 square feet and is in the ideal gold coast location with 2 living rooms, a huge outdoor garden, and lots of open gathering spaces.
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 (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.
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. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a very large entertaining Living Room with a 7' Steinway Grand Piano and a formal Dining Room. There is a sofa bed in the living room. On the third floor is the Master Bedroom with king size bed (can be converted to two full beds)+sofa bed 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. There is a sofa bed in the living room.
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
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 (March-December)
$5000: Winter weekly special rental rate (Jan and Feb, weekly stays only available)
$300: Housekeeping fee for entire residence
$3000:Refundable security deposit, required at time of booking
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 (March-Dec)
7: Minimum night's stay (Jan-Feb)
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
DISCLAIMER: please be aware that you are renting a historic 1930s home, not the Four Seasons. Like all old homes, it has many "charms" and quirks. Constantly renovating the home is a challenge, yet a passion, and this home is never at any given time in a "perfect, luxurious condition." For example, the charming kitchen has 3 sinks, but 1 of them doesn't work and, so far, it has proven simply too cost-prohibitive to fix so you'll have to make do with only 2 working kitchens. The kitchen has other charms, such as almost 75 cabinets and drawers, all from the 60s (and therefore, many of them tend to stick!) Also, some of the bathrooms have a habit of leaking. It seems that, we fix one, and then another starts to leak. Moreover, given that we are a popular, almost constantly rented B&B, we are almost always in need of a "paint job." No sooner do we complete a $5000 re-paint that it is in need of another one, so we can't guarantee a brand new paint condition; the walls and light switches therefore sometimes appear "dirty.". The furniture is extremely expensive and delicate European design and craftmanship and, therefore, the slightest sign of wear and tear will be readily evident. Most of the bathrooms are renovated, and we did our best to preserve their "high 50s" look and feel. Most of them have 100 little light bulbs -- so charming. And the downside is that at any given time many of them will be out, and they run hot if you leave them on. We just can't possibly keep them all working at the same time and often some of the sockets are empty when we are in between replacements. The doors are old, and sometimes are sticky and please be advised that the lower level bedroom bathrooms do not have doors -- an intentional design by the famed architect Rebori and we have no intention of changing his design. I would say that 19 out of 20 of our guests are delighted with the historically significant charm of the building and love its quirks, but 1 out of 20 is "shocked" to learn that we are not a modern, perfectly clean Four Seasons (where a 1-BR suite costs $850/night, plus the 20% hotel tax and, by the way, you'll need 3 or 4 of them for 10 people.) Thanks for understanding in advance and kindly only book this property if you are comfortable with these quirks.
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.
This place did the job...it wasn't beautiful or spacious or masterfully decorated, but it had enough space to house the eight guests that I hosted for a girl's weekend in the city. We were a nice walk or quick uber away from everything we wanted to do. In the owner's disclaimer, he states that this place is "not the four seasons." He's right. Make sure to read his disclaimer so that your expectations fall low enough to be prepared for this place. He states that it's just not possible to maintain the property in "perfect" condition. The "mansion" has its "quirks." Well, no one is asking for perfection but rusted bath tub drains and caulking stains in their "newly renovated bathrooms, a number of missing light bulbs in EVERY room, dirty dishes in the cabinets that needed washing before use, and stained sheets on the beds is not a result of "quirkiness." This is pure negligence on the caretaker and owner's part.
Finally, my biggest problem with this place was w I the rate per night. It's on the higher end for home rentals in Chicago. I rented at the last minute so my choices were extremely limited and therefore the rent was something I was ready to accept. After signing the agreement and making the payment for the weekend, I looked at the mansion's official website. The rent listed there was $300/night less than the quote I was given!! When I told the caretaker, he said that they exercise "dynamic pricing" and the price could be different every day. It was marathon weekend and I needed the house so I dealt with this ridiculous excuse but at then end of the day, I felt duped. If you choose to stay here, so your due diligence. Make sure to read over everything and check out their official website as well. Like I said, it does the job but not without a number of let downs for the pricey rate.
Very eclectic and interesting place to stay. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the home and the location was incredible!
We stayed at Florsheim Mansion for a family get-together. Fourteen of us stayed and we had a party that included another 22 family members and there was plenty of room. Russ and his staff were great - we have two young grandchildren and they went out and purchased new two porta-cribs and highchairs for us!
My colleagues and I had a great few days at the mansion. It's certainly a unique space, so be prepared for something different. That said, different doesn't mean bad! The location really is great because you're within walking distance of many great restaurants and bars.
There are 6 total beds, so unless people are sharing, I'm not sure I would recommend this place for more than 6-8 individuals. However, if you're okay with couches and/or air mattresses, there is plenty of space to spread out.
The garage is full of the owner's stuff, so it was a tight fit getting my Toyota Camry in there. Just a heads up if you were planning on bringing a bigger SUV or mini-van.
We stayed at the Florsheim Mansion for my mom's birthday weekend. We had 11 people except the actual birthday when we had 13 - including 3 kids. We had an amazing stay. The public areas were perfect for the group to hang out. They're full of unique -and often quirky- art that makes the house really interesting. Not at all cookie cutter. The bedrooms are very private & gave people a place to relax/sleep when they needed a break. We loved that the house was unlike anything we'd experienced. The owner, Russ, was great. He was super responsive, helpful and generous. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Specifics:
The 2 living rooms were great. It was nice to have hang out options. The front living room has a beautiful Grand Piano & plenty of sofa space to sit/relax. We hired a guitar player for a night and the space was ideal. The back living room has cool art, a working fireplace, a large sofa & different hang out nooks (we used one to put together a puzzle).
The kitchen is unconventional. It's long & narrow and won't be like any kitchen you've seen. It's fully equipped with tons of dishes/cutlery etc and multiple refrigerators. We happily cooked all our meals there. It's not laid out like a traditional kitchen. The narrowness means that it's a tight fit. We laughed as we squeezed by one another. It's quirky and fun.
The courtyard is a charming, private space. There's a working gas grill, a fountain/pond and tons of seating. It's a one in a million outdoor space in Chicago.
The garage is connected to the courtyard. So convenient. We had a large station wagon - a tight fit but it worked.
The bedrooms range from spacious to small. All have high quality beds and TONS of extra bedding. Each has a private bathroom. The only bathrooms are in the bedrooms. Though unconventional, this set up worked.
Each of the 10 adults slept in the bedrooms. We took advantage of the non-bedroom sleeping options for the kids including the pull out sofa in the living room. There are also lots of other options if you need them, including extra mattresses.
Remember...You're not staying at The Four Seasons. The house isn't perfect. Some of the walls are marked up from luggage, there are lightbulbs that don't work (you'll understand why when you see that some of the bathrooms have 20 or more bulbs), there are many switches that take time to figure out (fun for kids). If you like quirky and interesting, you're going to love this place. We sure did.
We stayed for 3 nights, and had a wedding ceremony with 30 guests on Saturday night. The atmosphere of the mansion suited our personalities perfectly, and the whole evening has been described by our friends as "enchanting." The acoustics in the room with the grand piano created a great space for our local musician to perform. It was the coldest day of the year, so the house was cold, and their was a frozen pipe/leak near the garage, but the technician came to fix the heat as soon as we called, and the leak was outside, so it didn't affect us much. The bedrooms are separated nicely, which gave our guests privacy. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for the Florsheim mansion, and we would recommend it to others looking to host an intimate gathering.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £168 per night, per additional guest|
|Use of parking garage||£32|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£2,399|