3.4 on October 20, 2014
Small, quiet, accomodating. Very kind innkeeper, nice rooms and perfect location in Lakeview. Would visit again.
4.2 on October 19, 2014
1/2 block from public transportation. Inn keeper, David, was so helpful...he made our weekend special! Great restaurants walking distance. Very comfortable-felt like home away from home.
4.6 on October 09, 2014
The Old Chicago Inn is a charming place to stay in a great location. The rooms are small,yet very clean. The Inn is located near public transportation, so it is simple to travel anywhere in the city. Many good eateries and bars are within walking distance. All in all, the Inn is an affordable place to stay when spending time in Chicago. We would stay here again.
3.4 on October 08, 2014
My biggest disappointment is that I was told there was wifi, but then I was told that my room was too far away from the modem for it to work in there. The breakfast was good and the speakeasy was great.
3.8 on October 06, 2014
Thank you to David the Old Chicago Inn Innkeeper. Your hospitality, warmth, and cordial attitude made our visit that much more enjoyable. I am already missing our morning coffee chats. The Old Chicago Inn has a quirky vibe that makes it stand out from standard cookie cutter hotel rooms. With period accents throughout, the décor is eclectic, historically interesting and amusing, and with every floor board creek a sense of yesteryear floods one's mind. Perfect location, lovely neighborhood, stellar staff, and sense of place, allow for this property to forever stand out as a must do when visiting the great city of Chicago
5 on October 01, 2014
I loved staying here! The Inn keeper was super nice and the breakfast was tasty. The rooms are small but they feel roomy enough to breathe.
3.0 on September 29, 2014
Convenient, friendly, and very close to the Belmont station, as well as a Divvy bike rack.
4.6 on September 29, 2014
awesome innkeepers, awesome inn, excellent location (easy to get to train, bars, restaurants, wrigley field, etc.). would stay here again in a heartbeat!
1.6 on September 27, 2014
We were in the room 2D, with a private shower/toilet combo. Total unsatisfaction for this room : no towel rail, no wardrobe, no bedside table, no place in the room due to an unuseful and too big armchair, no possibility to access the bed from the 2 sides, bad lightning. With such discomfort, the price is absolutely too high.
3.6 on September 03, 2014
My wife and I stayed at the Old Chicago Inn last week (labor day weekend). It is a very good deal for non-driving people, since it is 2 minutes walking to the closest L stop (Belmont - red, purple and brown line), and 20 minutes far from the Loop. Prices were not high, compared to the other places in the city, but the room was very small + shared bathroom. Overall it is a clean place, very quiet and we really enjoyed the '30s atmosphere. There's a speakeasy in the basement, which is used as breakfast room in the morning. Continental breakfast is not abundant, but there's all you can need. Furthermore, David (the innkeeper) bakes one or more tasty cakes everyday for his guests. About David, I also wanna say he is one of the nicest and kindest persons we have ever met. He allowed us to have breakfast and use the restroom even if we didn't check in yet (we arrived very early in the morning) and he also stored our luggages, so we started to visit the city from the very beginning, then we checked-in in the afternoon. More, he allowed us to do a late check-out. Also, you can call him for whatever you need inside and outside the inn. We are planning to go back to Chicago in the next months, and definitely this place will be the first one we will get a look for a good deal and feeling at home away from home.
3.4 on September 03, 2014
The Old Chicago Inn has a lot of history. It is conveniently located. The El is near by, Cabs are plentiful. Ann Sather's cinnamon rolls are around the corner. The Inn keeper is present and helpful. My husband and I enjoyed our stay and we loved our spacious room (3A) on the third floor.
4.2 on August 25, 2014
Wonderful location, great neighborhood, an out of town Cub fans new choice for game trips. David was wonderful. Dan from Vulcan Michigan.
3.4 on August 24, 2014
Room a little smaller than I expected but great service and location
3.6 on August 20, 2014
Close to L stop, free on street parking and gracious host. Loved room 13. Will stay again.
4.0 on August 19, 2014
Stayed here for one night at the end of July 2014. Very nice place. The man at reception is very helpful and friendly and the rooms are extremely charming. It's like staying in a hotel a hundred years ago!
4.0 on August 11, 2014
Dave, the Innkeeper, was fantastic. You can tell he truly enjoys taking care of guests. We had room 3A, and it was exactly what we expected. Plenty of space for 4 People (2 in bed, 1 on chaise lounge, 1 on floor with Blankets and pillows). Will definitely be back!
3.8 on August 07, 2014
We really loved the location and felt like staying in a friend's home. David who is the inn keeper was very hardworking and hospitable. We really enjoyed our stay there. Thanks.
4.6 on August 03, 2014
I lived in Chicago for a time and get back occasionally for a visit. The Old Chicago Inn is located right in the heart of things, within walking distance to all the things you could want to do, and also not far from public transportation. I will be staying here for all my return visits. An excellent find and a great value!
5 on July 31, 2014
This inn has a wide choice of rooms, we chose 3D, which was a smaller room, but it had it's own bathroom, in the room, which not all of the rooms do. We were not planning on spending any time lounging in our room, we were there to do 2 games at Wrigley and see the neighborhood. The neighborhood is very nice! Your parking is included with the room price, in the neighborhood on the street and it is a great perk! You also get breakfast in the basement which is the speakeasy, included in the price of your room and each night you stay you get a 10.00 gift certificate per person at Trader Todd's next store to eat! We stayed 3 nights ate there one, we wanted to try other place with in walking distance, and walking to Wrigley is about 5 blocks and there are a lot of places to try! Also, another great asset to this inn is the inn keeper, David is super for everything you need! He is a great person to visit with! Room 13 is in the basement and I recommend taking the time to do this if you are there on thurs, Friday or Sat night. It is a speakeasy, the bartender fixes your drink gives you the history of the drink. It is all drinks that were served during prohibition! You have a free pass to get in, because you are staying at the inn, everyone else knocks on the door the bartender goes over finds out if they know the password, if not, they don't get in! The jazz player was so good! It was definitely a great place to stay! Clean, historic and very unique!!!!
4.6 on July 12, 2014
Our room was very clean and the staff was friendly and helpful!
3.2 on July 11, 2014
Very friendly innkeeper! A nice short walk to Wrigley and the L is right around the corner.
4.2 on May 31, 2014
I'm glad I finally stayed here, having traveled to Chicago many times. The rooms are clean and I would stay there again. Prime location to everything. The best perk - the Innkeeper usually prepares a freshly baked breakfast item. I had a room with a private bath, definitely met my needs.
3.8 on May 21, 2014
Daivd the innkeeper is very friendly and accommodating! Location is great. Our room was alittle small but clean and comfortable. Nice sitting areas outside the rooms if extra space is needed. The Speak Easy in the basement is so much fun! We would definately stay here again!
4.0 on May 16, 2014
What a pleasant stay we had at the Old Chicago Inn! It was our first time in Chicago and initially were looking for a place to stay in or close to the loop, but I am glad we chose otherwise. The room was anything but the usual no personality room you find in a chain, and even if, as other reviewers pointed out, it was not the biggest room I've had in my life, it was plenty of space for two people to manoeuvre and be comfortable. We were at the back oh the inn, on the top floor, so it was very quiet too. The Innkeeper, David, was a wonderful host, preparing all sorts of suprises for breakfast. No, it is not the classic eggs and toasts and peanut butter, but we started the day with plenty of calories to go to lunch without snacks, and everything was homemade and very good! David was also very welcoming and helpful in suggesting places to go and see and give us those little hints that make your life easier while navigating in town. We did not have a car so I can't comment on that, but public transportation is very near and it's very easy to get everywhere from there. Not to mention Wrigley Field at walking distance. We now make it our permanent choice for a place to stay when going to Chicago, it's great value, very charming and we loved the location.
3.2 on May 15, 2014
I was looking for a place to stay that would be close to the Brown Line Metro Station with restaurants close by. The continental breakfast was simple, but good. The place has a lot of character.
4.8 on May 12, 2014
Great location - used "L" (one block away) to go to all Chicago sights and airport. Four blocks from Wrigley Field. Good breakfast - David the innkeeper actually went out and bought gluten-free bread and muffins. He was very attentive and spent time with us at breakfast. Old-time furnishings and decor. We will be back.
4.6 on April 17, 2014
The Old Chicago Inn is a gem. Its owners have decorated the premises creatively, with many period pieces throughout. Having stayed at the Inn on multiple occasions, I've sampled several of the rooms. Some are spacious with large windows facing the street, and others are cozier and more secluded, but all are well-appointed. The neighborhood offers many attractions, with unique shops and restaurants all around. An 'L' station is a half-block away, which makes getting to other parts of Chicago super convenient. But there's lots to see locally, and it doesn't take long to walk to the lake shore. A nice base for vacationing or working in Chicago.
4.2 on January 14, 2014
Our stay at Old Chicago was wonderful. David is an excellent Inn Keeper, he was very helpful in providing tips on getting around on the CTA! SPeaking of, Old Chicago's proximity to the Brown/Red Lines is invaluable. We had not trouble getting to the three plays in two different parts of town.
5 on January 04, 2014
Outstanding!!! David, Todd and Virginia are outstanding people. Friendly and hospitable. I recommend this fine facility to anyone with no reservations. Thank you for the fine experience!
3.6 on November 03, 2013
My boyfriend and I spent four nights at the Old Chicago Inn and we really liked the place. The rooms are small but cosy, everything is clean and David, the host was very friendly.
3.4 on October 15, 2013
The Old Chicago Inn is a nice place to stay in a nice neighborhood. More appropriately titled a "Bed" since breakfast is minimal. Service was decent. Would stay here again.
3.6 on October 11, 2013
Really isn't a breakfast involved. Cereal, coffee, Yogurt. Room 2C is too small but all the other rooms our excellent!
3.4 on October 07, 2013
Finding a room for a concert festival in this area was not easy or affordable. Old Chicago Inn gave us a very unique and pleasant stay for the price. We opted for 3A, which was even more beautiful than we expected, the private bath was clean and cozy. The access to the local gym and the vouchers for Trader Todd's were a great touch and gave us the flexibility for our days before the concert. Location is great and convenient, while still being on a quieter street. I believe we'd return if our travels take us back to the area.
3.8 on October 06, 2013
HIGHPOINTS --- A very gregarious and knowledgeable innkeeper went out of his way to be helpful. A lovely continental breakfast, including a fresh-baked item each morning, is a definite plus. My room, while quite small, was very clean and well-appointed with a comfortable queen size bed. The free wireless internet connected quickly. This b&b is located around the corner from the CTA Red Line and a of variety restaurants, coffee shops, and a pharmacy are close by. LOWPOINTS --- one of the two shared bathrooms on my floor had serious maintenance issues including broken floor tiles and a toilet that rocked on its base. My room had only one electrical outlet. Because of its close proximity to the CTA and restaurants/bars rooms at the front of the property are noisy late into the night on the weekend.
4.6 on September 27, 2013
Great proximity to Wrigley Field! Would definitely stay here again. The service was excellent and so were the rooms. Super close to the train station to get around the city. Thanks for a great stay!!!
3.4 on August 20, 2013
It is a quaint little place. Room was a bit tighter than expected but still a great value in Chicago. It was the room we chose at the price we wanted. Well appointed with period furniture. Did not visit the speakeasy, but will next time. the Service desk personnel were attentive and informative. Next time we will pay a bit more for larger room and bath for more comfort.
3.8 on August 18, 2013
Love the location and Trader Todd's. Would like to see more towel racks or places to hang things in rooms.
3.4 on August 09, 2013
Really enjoyed my stay here and would recommend it to a friend
4.4 on July 30, 2013
Stayed with another fun couple for the third time at this B&B. Wonderful location close to Wrigley, restaurants, and bars. ..And don't forget Trader Todds- fun place. The rooms are not huge but you won't be spending much time in there. Wonderful place. Go Cubs!
3.8 on July 28, 2013
The innkeeper was extremely hospitable and tended to every need. It can be a bit noisy in the late night/early morning hours as the inn is next to a bar and the patrons are happy & noisy as they exit the establishment. However, it wasn't enough to make me choose to stay anywhere else. We highly recommend The Old Chicago Inn.
4.4 on July 17, 2013
David was very kind and welcoming, carried my suitcase, and gave good restaurant recommendations. While I stayed four nights, I only got to eat breakfast once so don't feel like I can rate it overall - though the homemade apple crisp David served was delicious!
4.8 on June 27, 2013
Had a great stay at the Old Chicago Inn. The location was perfect: a block from a train stop, 4 blocks from Wrigley Field, and right across the street from Einstein Bagels and a wonderful pizza place. David, the innkeeper, was personable and wonderfully helpful. Highly recommended!
4.6 on June 24, 2013
Great place to stay if you are going to The Vic; it is only yards away. Easy walking distance to Wrigley Field also. Clean rooms and great atmosphere.
3.4 on June 19, 2013
I enjoyed my time at the Old Chicago Inn. It was a great base for exploring the rest of Chicago.
3.8 on June 13, 2013
fabulous place to stay. great neighborhood, great service, so quaint. David was so helpful and sweet. We can't wait to return! Aileen & Sean
4.2 on June 07, 2013
The Old Chicago Inn is very conveniently located to go to downtown Chicago (by metro). Also, there are a lot of inexpensive dining options in the neighborhood. The room was small, but clean and there was nothing we could complain of. The breakfast provided was actually very good and was more (and better) than what you might get at most hotels! I would recommend the Old Chicago Inn and would also go there again myself in the future.
5 on June 03, 2013
It was wonderful! Can not beat the location. Dave took exceptional care of me from the moment I arrived until I left. He even made me a cake for my birthday....which I forgot to take with me! Thank you Virginia & Cliff for making my stay exceptional. I will be back! Alan/Athens, Georgia
3.8 on May 18, 2013
I had the least expensive room on the 1st floor with an unshared bath across a small hallway. I think I had a more comfortable experience emotionally than I would have had in a chain hotel. The venue of the event I came for was 1/2 block away & I was able to walk there & back each night. The Belmont El station is 1.5 blocks away making the location convenient to everything. The subway/el goes from O'Hare to the Western Belmont station & a short taxi ride can leave one at the door of the Inn. The convenience of the location is incomparable.in several respects. The room was small with not a lot of clothing storage. Great for short stay, tho. Two people fit fine with the double bed.
5 on April 05, 2013
The pictures on the website weren't able to capture the beauty and charm of this B&B. It was very comfortable, inviting, and historical. The innkeeper was excellent and very accomidating. The B&B is located near everything. It is within walking distance of great food and entertainment. About a nine minute drive from the museums. We really loved it and plan on staying again next year.
4.6 on March 27, 2013
Excellent service, breakfast, rooms, location. I'll certainly be back. If you're flying into O'Hare or Midway don't bother with a rental car--or taxi. Check the Old Chicago Inn website for "L" information.
4.8 on March 06, 2013
My husband and I had a great time at the Old Chicago Inn. The staff and owners were very nice, extremely helpful in showing us around and giving advice about the city. The property was great and a fun way for us to be in a city we love. Be sure you love nightlife when you stay. There is so much to do and see. And the neighborhood helps you have fun. We stayed in 3A, a spacious room with a King bed that overlooks the street. It had a nice lounge right outside the door with a Chicago themed library. The amenities at this property more than met expectations - except for one. One out-did all our expectations altogether. If you plan on staying at this property over a weekend, you MUST go visit Room 13! Room 13 is a speakeasy, lovingly designed to authenicate what a period Chicago prohibition era speakeasy might have been like. This includes authenitic drinks and jazz music. They claim to have nothing in the space that was not made or connected to a company of the era. You also have to know the password! This was unexpected and so fun. We ordered the "extra" of the Speakeasy flight. And we highly recommend this to everyone (over 21 of course!) The bartenders when we were there - Ted and Luke - were terrific and very knowledgable about the period, the drinks, the city and fun in general. It turned out we were the first ever to order this special. How fun was that! It consisted of splitting 4 20's-era drinks that were hand-crafted and served lovingly with in-depth explanation by their creator, Ted who was schooled to craft the jazz era drinks. Thanks for the great time Todd and Virginia and your staff. We will be back.
3.2 on December 12, 2012
This location suited my needs.
3.4 on October 23, 2012
Old Chicago Inn has served us well on more than one occasion. We find the location to be superb with easy access to the 'L' system. The neighborhood is lovely, quiet and close to many restaurants and shops. The Inn is well cared for, the decor is charming and the accommodations are more than adequate. The innkeeper is wonderful to deal with, extremely helpful and a very good cook. We are sure to stay at the Old Chicago Inn again.
4.6 on October 19, 2012
Great Location, The egg casserole was delicious, everyone very friendly
4.6 on October 16, 2012
The Old Chicago Inn is a European style Bed and Breakfast with an emphasis on hospitality from the staff. The rooms are small and the facilities old, but it's comfortable, clean, and safe. The bed included a snuggly warm down duvet to ward off the cold rainy night! The plush robes for guests really were, the free wi-fi was fast, a complementary membership to a nearby gym (which I didn't use) was included, and breakfast was served until 11 a.m. with coffee, juice, milk, cereal, and delicious fresh baked pastries. Trader Todd's is a popular bar next door that also has food. Room 13, the Inn's own basement speakeasy, is open Friday and Saturday evenings and offers a quieter, more relaxing atmosphere, featuring unique early 20th Century cocktails and often live jazz. Bartenders and servers in both were friendly and gave great service. The inn is located in a busy and safe neighborhood within a two minute walk from the Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line CTA "L" Station. It is convient to both fine and popular restaurants and other shopping conveniences. For baseball fans, it's an easy walk or one stop train ride to Wrigley Field. This is a very old, but clean property with first class hospitality, I'll be back.
3.8 on September 27, 2012
The Old Chicago Inn has lots of charm, a very nice innkeeper, and is in a great part of town just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. We stayed here for 3 nights in Sept. 2012 and I would definitely stay here again. Not only is it close to Wrigley, it is a block from the L and the area has great area restaurants (the even give you gift certificates to one). The only downsides are those they tell you about on their site... small rooms, some of which share a bathroom, a small breakfast (not your normal B&B breakfast) and it can be noisy because well, it is in the city. However, for the price and service, you can't beat it. I would definitely stay here again.
4.4 on September 24, 2012
Close to Wrigley and trains. Rooms need more hooks or something to hang up clothes. Breakfast was small but good and the TWO food vouchers for next door were an added bonus.
3.8 on September 10, 2012
We were in Chicago to attend a conference at Navy Pier so we searched for a B&B that was close to the subway as well as in a character neighborhood & close to Wrigley Field for a ball game. The OCI met all our needs. It is a charming character building in a very interesting neighbourhood that we got to know quite well. Fabulous restaurants & bars all within walking distance! The simple continental breakfast was very handy as we did not have the time or the desire to go to a restaurant for breakfast in the morning & prefer just a quick coffee and something light before heading out. But by far the highlight of our trip was our Innkepeper David. He was an amazing source of information, gave the absolute best directions, was always within a bell's ring when we needed something and showed us the kind of souther hospitality that we rarely see anymore so it was a true pleasure to meet David and we will be back next August.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that David made your stay memorable. We look forward to seeing you again and appreciate your business.
3.6 on September 06, 2012
This place was a great alternative to staying in a chain hotel on my recent weekend trip to Chicago. The location in the Lake View neighborhood was great. It's only 1 1/2 blocks from the metro station and they provide a free parking permit so we didn't have to drive the car during our stay. The room (2C) was tiny but it met our needs. The best part about staying here was the "speakeasy" bar located in the lower level of the inn. It seemed very authentic to the 1920's era and had a lot of charm. The drinks were amazing and the bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was the best part of our stay.
4.6 on August 24, 2012
A great deal for the location. Nothing negative to say about our stay: The rooms are clean, the staff is helpful and available, it's a charming place right in the heart of the North side, and the price is very reasonable.
1.8 on August 19, 2012
Chicago lodging accommodations are notoriously expensive and Old Chicago Inn is no exception. The inn keeper was friendly and helpful. For the price, I expected a luxurious room and bath, and a gourmet breakfast. The room felt cluttered with several pieces furniture disjointedly crammed into the space. A basic continental breakfast was provided. The bathrom is functional but in need of aesthetic improvements. Very convenient location for those visiting Boy's Town. However, I will likely seek a nicer hotel downtown next time.
1.6 on August 17, 2012
The innkeeper was a nice guy, although a bit clueless. I've never stayed in a hotel or B&B and not had the room and bathroom cleaned each day, but that is exactly what happened here. Nothing was touched during our 3-day stay. I cleaned my sink after two days with a washcloth and a towel, and tossed the stale towels in a corner of the tiny, nasty bathroom. The "mirror" in our private bath was about 7" by 10" - hardly big enough to shave by. The sleeping rooms are very basic, and the decor nothing special. It is mis-matched junk picked up from rummage sales, or salvaged from the street. I put something on a table in the room and CLUNK, a leg came off the table, and fell to the floor. The rug in the room was extremely dirty, and the free-standing air conditioner vented to the fireplace, which was covered by a draped towel. Obviously, the owners are trying to milk this property for every cent they can get. If you are expecting anything nice, forget it! I will take my $200/night and stay downtown, where there is a little more competition, and I can actually get what I paid for. Trust me, it is worth the hassle to hop on the L. This place might be ok at about half the price. Consider yourself warned.
4.0 on August 07, 2012
The Old Chicago Inn was the perfect location for our recent visit to Chicago. Our son and daughter live within a short walk from the b/b, plus Wrigley Field, the train, and other destinations were right there. Very quaint, quiet, comfortable; friendly inn-keeper, David; breakfast was a great way to start our day. We definitely will return to this b/b in the future!
4.0 on July 23, 2012
My husband and I loved our stay at the Old Chicago Inn. Dave the innkeeper could not have been sweeter. He suggested lots of fun activities in the city and was fun to talk to over breakfast. The location could not have been better! Right in the heart of good food, shopping and theaters all in walking distance. The Inn was still quiet and peaceful and a great cozy placed that I looked forward to coming back to each evening. Clean, Comfy Beds, and a Great Art Deco style....Love it!!!
4.4 on July 19, 2012
We loved our stay! This is a great place for people who want a place that is friendly & full of character. The room was charming, the staff was helpful, and we had a FANTASTIC time at the Speakeasy in the basement! To top it off, we walked to Wrigley for the game in under 15 minutes...no parking required.
3.4 on July 02, 2012
The location of the Inn was perfect for us, near Wrigly Fiel and public transportation. The surrounding area was an eclectic mix of commercial and residential. The area was very walkable and interesting. The Inn was exactly as advertised. It was quiet and clean. The rooms are small but comfortable. Sharing a bathroom was no hardship.The staff was very helpful. We would not hesitate to stay there again.
5 on July 01, 2012
A group of colleagues and I stayed at the Chicago Inn because of its locality to the Wrigley Field. When we booked our stay we were all a little hesitant to say the least, but after arriving David the Inn keeper made us feel comfortable and at right at home. I highly recommend booking this hotel it's a great location and the atmosphere is second to none. We will definitely be staying here again!
3.4 on June 27, 2012
The location couldn't be better if you are visiting Chicago to go to Wrigley or are going to Boystown. I hate to sound like a whiner but it was just satisfactory for me. I have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before so I didn't know what to expect. On the plus side, street parking was free, awesome food vouchers to Trader Todd's, room was clean and quiet. On the downside, building and furnishings are outdated, in-room bathroom was tiny, street parking can be a challenge.
4.6 on June 27, 2012
A charming old aprtment building converted to a welcoming Inn. Close to the L, close to Wrigley Field, clean rooms and baths. And an inn keeper who could not have been more charming, helpfull, and interesting. This will be our place whenever we return to Chicago.
4.6 on June 26, 2012
We had an amazing stay here and were very impressed!! The innkeeper, David, was very friendly and helpful!! We had a great time, wish we could have stayed longer!!! :)
3.6 on June 22, 2012
We stayed here because it was my wife's birthday and I wanted to get a room closer to Wrigleyville, since we were going to the game that night. It was what we expected, and the innkeeper was very friendly and the room was clean, but I would get a room with our own bathroom next time. They have different sized rooms and the one available was with a community bathroom. They also give you a food voucher for next door which is a bonus.
3.2 on June 21, 2012
Have stayed here many times for value and location. Not for everyone but gives you a bed to sleep in close to Wrigley Field. Which is what I stay here for..
4.0 on June 18, 2012
The Old Chicago Inn was a great choice for us. The location was perfect, right near Wrigley Field and the Belmont train stop. The innkeeper was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.
4.4 on June 18, 2012
This property is delightfully close to Wrigley Stadium and Claek Street shopping and dining. David was very accommodating and available for our needs. We did not utilize the dining opportunities and our rating reflects the lack of exposure. We will be coming back.
3.4 on June 14, 2012
Our room was on the small side, but we just stayed one night, arriving early because we were on our way to a 1:00 Cubs game. (BTW The Cubbies WON!) The location could not be more convenient for that. David the Innkeeper was friendly and helpful, and made for great conversation. There are not many choices in Wrigleyville, so don't overlook this place.
4.6 on June 05, 2012
I am writing this review because we were very, very happy with our stay. First, the price was definitely right, but I was worried because I had never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before. We checked in after the Cub game, aroud 5:30pm, which was no problem whatsoever. We were only four or so blocks from Wrigley, and felt very safe walking back to the inn. At check-in, we were given excellent directions for parking our vehicle so that we would be assured not to get a parking ticket. Our car was safe for the duration of our stay in the mostly residential around that surrounds the inn. We didn't need to move the car at all, as the Inn is about 1/2 block from a major train station. We took the L straight to the heart of downtown to enjoy the fireworks at Navy Pier and all that the museums had to offer. The breakfast was "modest" but included coffee cakes, yogurt, cereal, hardboiled eggs, granola bars, orange juice, and coffee. We didn't leave hungry! We also received food vouchers for a bar and grill two doors down. That was a great little local bar with very nice employees and fun karaoke! The rooms at the inn were very small but also very comfortable and clean. Don't plan to hang out in the rooms except to get a great night's sleep and you won't mind their size! You also get access to a gym that is a few doors down (very close to the inn). We didn't try that out, but we walked right by it and it seemed clean and had lots of equipment. Bottom line, this is a rare find, both quality and value. We were both very happy with the experience and with the very nice innkeeper, David, who was eager to help. I would stay there again in a heartbeat! Thanks for a lovely stay in Chicago!
4.0 on May 24, 2012
We truly enjoyed our stay. Thanks to David for being such a lovely host. Our room was fantastic and the neighborhood was lively.
3.0 on May 16, 2012
Okay I wouldn't call this a true B&B, the breakfast was just a little contential thing, cereal, fruit, maybe some little pastries and juice. The room was very small (6ft wide) but that is par for the buildings of the time so to be expected. It could use some updates as the paint and walls looked worn. The bed was super tall, so it might be hard for a shorter person to get in/out of. I'm 5'9 and could just barely get in. We got a free dinner at the bar next door, which was tasty. Parking was about 4 blocks away on the street. we did get a free parking pass. the rooms seem like they have thin walls. we were next to the communial bathroom and could hear when people were showering. it didn't bother us too much though. The wifi sucked, I actually just used some other businesses that wasn't secure to be able to connect to the internet. The front desk guy was very friendly!
3.2 on May 15, 2012
Great neighborhood location. Room was TINY but adequate. Funny having the toilet in the shower but I learned to live with it. Inn keeper was great and very accommodating. Breakfast area A bit musty smelling but very comfortable. All in all I would do it again.
4.2 on May 10, 2012
This is a great place to stay. There is lots of good food very close by and a great night life. The speakeasy in the bottom of the hotel is awesome! Only reccomendation is to bring earplugs or some kind of noise maker when you sleep. We had room 2A which is very close to the street. It was very noisy at night with cabs and drunk people at 2 AM. I had to buy some earplugs. Other than that everything was excellent. Service is great and place is great. Will definitely be staying here again. IMO this is the best place to stay for a long weekend of Cubs games. You get the full experience of wrigleyville here. If you stay downtown for a Cubs game you have to ride in and out of wrigleyville and you don't get the full vibe. Staying at the old chicago inn gave us the full experience.
4.8 on May 09, 2012
We stayed here for our honeymoon. It's a block from the El Train red line, has two great italian restaurants within walking distance, and Trader Todds, a Karaoke bar, which you get discount coupons off your meals for staying at the Old Chicago. There Inn itself makes you feel like your stepping into a piece of Chicago's history with old style furniture and decor. The Innkeeper, Dave, is friendly and helpful and will do everything he can to make your experience the best it can be! He helped me set up a romantic candle light dinner for two in their speak easy style lounge and even baked us a red velvet cake in the shape of a heart! We would recommend this place to anyone and everyone! Shawn & Kendra
4.8 on May 06, 2012
We went to Chi-town for a small get away. It's located within walking distance of Wrigley Field, and is even closer to an El stop. The restaurant two doors down has amazing key lime pie and you get two 10 free vouchers for food every night you stay.
4.2 on May 04, 2012
The Old Chicago Inn was a great place to stay in Chicago. It was clean, staff were attentive, and the added amenities were a nice bonus.
4.0 on April 30, 2012
Excellent valued B&B. Friendly staff. Great location. Kinda noisy, but it is close to the train, gotta take the good with the bad. Definately would stay again.
2.6 on April 26, 2012
The rugs in the bathroom and the bedroom looked like they'd seen there better days. Although very convenient to Wrigley Field, I'd probably look to stay somewhere else the next time.
4.8 on March 15, 2012
Lovely place to stay. Safe neighborhood, close to transportation and stores, restaurants. Will stay here again when come back to Chicago. Staff is very nice, rooms cozy.
Thank you for your nice comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again.
4.0 on March 03, 2012
My wife and I wanted to have a quick weekend get away to Chciago. To be able to stay some place nice in the windy city is usually a bit of a budget breaker for us. Staying at The Old Chicgo Inn let us spend more of our money on having fun and not so much on accomodations. Old Chicago Inn has a very relaxed and elegant atomoshere, friendly and attentive staff and most importantly the rooms and bathrooms are extemely clean. The location by the Red Line makes getting to downtown very convenient. The Lakeview neighborhood where the Inn is loacated is worth checking out also. I would call this one of Chicago's hidden gems.
4.0 on February 27, 2012
I loved it. There was a pub/karoke bar 2 doors down. And I might add it was a honey hole! Gym 2 doors down the other way. Great energy in the area. Room was great. The staff was more than friendly. They made it feel like a real get away.
5 on February 10, 2012
Our family traveled from different locations to enjoy Christmas together in Chicago. The Old Chicago Inn was a perfect home away from home complete with homemade sweets and comfortable beds. The Inn was beautifully decorated with holiday decor including a giant Santa much to the delight of our grandchildren. The staff proved to be very charming, attentive and a great source of information for everyone's interest from Navy Pier's Winter Wonderland for the children to theatre and nightlight for the adults. The location is very convenient for sightseeing and shopping. It is located in a delightful walking neighborhood (close to Wrigley Field) and just steps from the El for downtown shopping and sightseeing. My husband and I loved the Inn's proximity to Trader Todd's for great food, drinks and karaoke. Located just a short walk from the inn, there was no need to hail a cab after a fun night out.
4.0 on February 01, 2012
We had a great time at the inn. The staff was very professional, the room very clean. The building had a lot of turn-of-the-century charm and afforded us the true B&B experience we were looking for. Great amenities - breakfast, robes included. Great location. Near everything and within walking distance to the El. The best value in Chicago. We will definitely go back!
4.2 on December 20, 2011
I had a wonderful stay at the Old Chicago Inn. The room was lovely and had all of the amenities I needed with the exception of a hair dryer. I had one the first day and had put it on on a table for other guests to use (as I was instructed) and never saw it again! This was the fault of the other guests and not the staff. I can't say enough about the staff -- all wonderful. I especially appreciated the kind use of the B & B phone when my cell phone wasn't working. That was really good customer service! The location is absolutely perfect, and I had a restful and fun vacation. Will be back and will recommend it to others!
3.8 on December 19, 2011
Very comfortable, great bed, great location, fantastic poppy seed cake for breakfast, very helpful staff, no problems with the wireless. two minor complaints - the floors in my room squeaked with every step - which I find annoying, but not everyone would and I didn't have a bedside lamp to read by (but the ceiling light was on a dimmer which helped). I had a shared bath which worked out fine.
4.2 on December 02, 2011
This is a great option in a great area of Chicago. It's cheaper than other hotels in the area, and it has some personality to it. The owner was very involved and gave his number for any issues. The room was small, but comfortable. The only issue I had was that the wireless was so poor as to be almost unusable. It worked fairly well in the common areas, but in the room, it often went out and I couldn't connect at all. I was hoping to relax in my room before a big job interview and just watch a show, but I couldn't even check email.
3.6 on September 11, 2011
My husband and I had a very nice stay at Old Chicago Inn. David (the Inn Keeper) was great! We were celebrating our anniversary which is also my husband's birthday and David baked us a heart shaped cake...way to go the extra mile! The location is perfect, very close to the train. We WILL be returning to stay at this B&B...next time, however, we will choose a room with a private bath.
5 on August 26, 2011
I found the staff to be very courteous and professional. The facility was charming and located in a great spot of the city.
2.2 on July 25, 2011
Location was great with access to many stores and restaurants. Only one block walk to the "El" providing an easy way to get downtown and the Navy Pier. The room was okay with its own private shower however the carpet in front of the shower is always wet due a leak somewhere. Don't expect anyone to make up the bed ... it's up to you! It was supposed to be air conditioned but the the 100+ temp outside it couldn't keep up ... thank goodness for the ceiling fan! The breakfast was less than stellar. Kellogg's cereal boxes, cold coffee and mushy fruit... I ended up walking a couple of blocks to a diner for breakfast. Would I stay there again ... no.
4.2 on July 19, 2011
I was intrigued by the character and ambiance of OCI. I found it very comfortable, if small. It is definitely not the same as a big box vinyl room with a curtain wall and king size beds facing a big TV. The decor invites you to notice detail. The fireplaces are wonderful and the fixtures in the bathrooms are all authentic. There were no bathroom sharing problems in our rather large group. It you choose to stay in the inn rather than be out and about, It is a comfortable place to curl up with a book or hobby. Jon is one of the most interesting people I have met, and Virginia is a dear. I look forward to my next visit to Chicago and the Old Chicago Inn.
4.4 on April 27, 2011
When I checked In initially, I was greeted with a warm and friendly welcome by David, the innkeeper and Virginia, one of the proprietors of the Old Chicago Inn. The room I was staying in with my boyfriend was 3A and it was a gorgeous room (I love the exposed brick wall.) The room was huge and well heated (We came in late February.) We were so close to SOOOOO much. We visited Wrigleyville which was really close about 3 or 4 blocks I believe, walked to boystown which is right down the block almost which is so much fun with all its shops and everything, and went to downtown Chicago on the Red Line. Which is so cool, cause the Inn is about half a block from it and its not noisy at all! Oh and David's homemade cakes for breakfast are delicious! I would definitely stay here again the next time I come to Chicago.
2.8 on April 23, 2011
We loved the location and the price but the room and complimentary "breakfast" left a lot to be desired. While we we happy to have a private attached bath, the room was tiny and the bathroom seemed like an unfinished renovation. The bathroom door closed, but had no door jamb. You could feel the wind from outside blowing through the walls and baseboards so the bathroom was about 20 degrees colder than the bedroom. We had been concerned about the street parking issue, but it turned out fine. After driving around for 15 minutes we we able to find a spot nearby and left it there for the entire stay (returning only to change the daily parking sticker). Very convenient to the El train (half a block away) and right around the corner to Giordano's, one of the best pizza places in the city. The staff was friendly and helpful. Since we were on the 3rd floor, we could only access the wireless internet by sitting in the lobby of the main floor. This was a good option for a weekend stay in the Windy City, but I don't think I would want to stay for longer than that and will probably explore other options when I return.
4.0 on October 16, 2010
The inn reminded me of ones I have stayed in in London--from the front gate to the cozy inside featuring stairs leading to a surprising number of tucked away rooms. The innkeeper was friendly and knowledgeable. The room was just as pictured on the website; we had 2D with the "princess and the pea" bed, on which I slept the best I have slept in months--honestly! I enjoyed the novel use of space in the room, especially the dresser drawers used to hold linens and the brilliantly economic use of space represented by the "euro-style" bathroom. Staying at the Old Chicago Inn made our visit to Chicago most enjoyable.
3.0 on August 30, 2010
The only request I have is to bring out the breakfast earlier.
5 on April 05, 2010
Felt like I discovered -- and was accepted into -- a small community in the midst of a big city. The inn is very comfortable, and I loved talking with other guests and the owners over breakfast. There's so much to do in the area! But the most fun was ending up back at the restaurant/bar next door, Trader Todd's! It didn't take long to feel like a "regular"!
3.6 on June 11, 2009
Stayed here for 5 nights. Great place & cool innkeeper (Jon). Jon knows Chicago well and was VERY helpful in giving us suggestions and directions. Stayed in the first floor room. Small, but the bed was very comfortable. Bath across the hall was ours (private but detached.) Breakfast is not a big spread, but it's a good continental (juice, coffee, teas, pastry, muffins, cereals, yogurts, fruit, etc.) Place is a short 5-6 block walk to Wrigley Field and a little over a block to the "L", which gets you to anywhere in the city. Don't bother bringing a car. Don't need it and parking in Chicago is a pain, anyway. Save some $ and buy a 1, 3, or 5 day pass for the "L" at the CVS on Clark (about 7 blocks - ask Jon.) Guests get a $10 meal credit daily for Trader Todd's, a bar & grill two doors down. Guests also have free use of a workout gym a couple of doors down. Jon is great - but the owners, Todd and Virginia are super, too. Made friends here!
5 on January 29, 2009
The accomodations are lovely, you receive food vouchers for Trader Todd`s Bar/Resturant, located near Cubs Stadium, the redline rail service is easy access. The host is very personable and I would highly reccomend staying there.
3.8 on January 13, 2009
Excellent place to stay in Chicago! Convenient to everything and very homey. I will recommend to all!
4.4 on January 09, 2009
Very VERY kind and helpful innkeeper!
3.4 on November 20, 2008
Quaint B&B in the heart of Wrigley Field. Very personable service owing much to on-site innkeeper, Todd.
3.4 on November 05, 2008
The Old Chicago Inn provides a place of quiet retreat near shopping, dining, and entertainment. Rooms are small, but quiet and private. Rooms do need some place to hang clothes and towels.
3.6 on October 02, 2008
We have enjoyed our stay here. The caretakers were very pleasant & helpful to make our stay very nice. Thank you.
4.0 on September 19, 2008
Inn and rooms are clean and nicely decorated. The staff is VERY friendly and helpful. The Inn is conveniently located one block from an 'el' stop with brown, red, blue trains. We felt like we were part of the neighborhood, and would stay here again.
3.0 on August 22, 2008
Great location (just above Boy's Town) and great eateries close by. Room was a little small but I wasn't in the room that much. Also floors were creaky so not sure how much noise I made for the other guests. Cool old 1920s phone in the main lobby that really works!
4.0 on August 14, 2008
Our stay at the Old Chicago Inn was an incredible experience! The location of the Inn, the decor, the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff all contributed to our vacation. The neighborhood was alive and the Inn's sister property - Trader Todd's - was an equally enjoyable establishment that has been added to our fond memories of our adventure!
3.2 on July 30, 2008
My wife and I just spent a Sunday - Tues at OCI. We had a great time and Chicago is an awesome city. OCI met our needs. We selected the cheapest room at the inn. It was small but we were told ahead of time that it was small. The bed was big and comfortable but that did not leave very much room in the room for things like getting dressed. We didn't mind. The shared bath was across the hall and clean. I believe we were the only residents on the floor for our stay which made sharing the bathroom easy. I would recommend the OCI for individuals who are going to be out of the inn for most of their stay. The is not a destination in and of itself but a nice place to sleep. The common area is small. There is no porch or balcony or outside area. The owners were very accomidating and helpful but not around (there wouldn't be much for them to do or oversee). So don't come to the inn if you think it will be a good place to "be" for any length of time in the city. (Hey! It's Chicago, so get out on the town!) There is a gym two doors down. The owner is accommodating and there is a lot of equipment. You are not far from Wrigley and a lot of good restaurants as well. The redline is just around the corner on Belmont. It's a great place for a Chicago getaway especially in the summer.
4.0 on August 24, 2007
My family had a great stay at Old Chicago! They are so friendly there. I highly recommand Old Chicago.