The 6 Best Airbnbs in Chicago, Illinois

Willis Tower in Chicago
Willis Tower in Chicago | © Chris Putnam / Alamy Stock Photo
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22 July 2020

While there’s a stellar selection of hotels across Chicago to suit all budgets, there’s something special about embracing the quirky, eccentric or chic stylings of an Airbnb rental. Utterly individual and often offering a whole-house or apartment experience, an Airbnb offers a refreshing and at times more budget-friendly alternative to the hotel scene. And whether you’re looking to stay downtown or in the neighborhoods, discover our line-up of some of Chicago’s best and most exciting Airbnb options.

Archways at the Lincoln Park Zoo

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Pure elegance awaits at this renovated 1920s former hotel, conveniently located across from the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. Featuring original Art Deco details including large archways, the space has been largely modernized to offer all the creature comforts needed for a cozy-chic stay. Offering two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it sleeps up to five guests. A full-time rental, this coveted spot offers plenty of options on dates and is available to book all year round.

Wrigleyville Coach House

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Spacious two-story Wrigleyville coach house
Spacious two-story Wrigleyville coach house | © Amy / Airbnb

A hugely sought-after spot in bustling Wrigleyville, this 1894 red-brick coach house is full of surprises. Set back from the street, it’s a little rustic oasis, and has recently been renovated with plenty of contemporary features. Ideal for families thanks to there being four bedrooms with room for eight, there are plenty of neat details the kids will love, including a secret play space and a walk-in toy closet. With its prime location near to Wrigley Field, the park, zoo and beaches, this Airbnb is a solid family vacation option.

Modern Loft, River West

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Modern loft conversion with Jacuzzi in a 1904 former factory
Modern loft conversion with Jacuzzi in a 1904 former factory | © Aaron / Airbnb

More than just a loft space, this River West space is just the pad if you’re looking for a place to unwind, hang out and enjoy some quality time with friends or family. A surround-sound cinema room, Jacuzzi and pool table add to its appeal, along with cool hanging chairs and an inviting industrial-retro aesthetic. Sleeping up to eight guests split across four bedrooms, and with three bathrooms, this is luxury lofting at its finest. And while it is tempting to just stay in the space and chill, there are plenty of amenities and attractions within walking distance in the nearby Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

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  • The Noble Farmhouse, West Town

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    Though it may not be an actual farmhouse, this quiet urban oasis still makes you feel a million miles away from the city. Kick back and relax with a vinyl record on the turntable, take a soak in the tub or sip cocktails in the sunlit private garden away from all the hustle and bustle. Quirky artwork and high-tech perks like a flat-screen Netflix-ready TV give the place plenty of chic-boho appeal – and downtown Chicago is right on the doorstep when you’re ready to explore. With two bedrooms, there’s space for up to three guests.

    Chic Condo in Lincoln Park

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    Wake up to skyline views from the windows and private balcony of this airy three-bedroom condo in the heart of Chicago’s historic Lincoln Park neighborhood. There’s an elegant flair about the place: think wood floors, an open fireplace and a muted color palette stylishly offset by eclectic wall art. A full-size kitchen gives you everything needed to prepare your own meals – though if you’d rather order in, try nearby Pequod’s Pizza for one of the best deep dishes in town.

    Sleek Art-Filled Condo with Parking, Rogers Park

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    This trendy pad combines leafy plants, warm ethereal tones and industrial touches to create a soothing city vibe. Sleeping up to four people, the two-bedroom condo is in a great location, with Lyola Beach and the cute cafés and bars of Rogers Park just a short walk away. Start the day right with a cup of freshly ground coffee, propped up on a leather stool at the breakfast bar – and browse through the provided guide book to help you plan the day ahead. There’s parking too, so you don’t ever have to worry about finding a spot if you plan to explore further afield.

    Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on July 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.