A charming brownstone two-flat, the House of Two Urns earned its name from a recurring motif in the original stained glass and rooftop urns. Built as a storefront Polish bakery, the B&B is in the owner's flat on the second floor and is conveniently located close to downtown in Wicker Park, is just off the Kennedy expressway and 1.5 blocks to subway and buses. Garden fresh fruits grace the full breakfast of one of Kapra's "blue plate specials" or choose from the buffet of freshly baked muffins, breads, homemade granola, homemade jams from our fruit garden, cold or hot cereals, yogurt and bananas, tea or coffee and orange juice. We are celebrating our 20th year in business and look forward to welcoming you to our home on your next visit to Chicago. Wicker Park is a hip, dynamic, ethnically diverse neighborhood that is safe for walking to and from public transit or the many restaurants, coffee houses, alternative theater/music venues and boutiques that are within a 20 min. walk from the inn. Guests from around the world have enjoyed the hospitality of the inn's host, who is very knowledgeable about Chicago, the arts, cultural events and can help make your trip and enjoyable and memorable one.
4.2 on August 22, 2014
I was in Chicago to help my daughter move and this B&B was in the area, walking distance of the apartment. The House of Two Urns is on a nice side street off of a busy and interesting street (Division St) in an area with lots of restaurants, bakeries, etc., a bustling area with many young professionals. Miguei and Kapra were warm, welcoming and interesting, the breakfasts were with friendly folks from around the country and some European travellers as well. The train/subway is easy walking distance (The "L"), and our hosts were good guides for getting around. I will definitely stay there again.
4.4 on August 16, 2014
We stayed at the House of Two Urns last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room (The Maxwell Room) was filled with a delightful collection of bears and pretty wicker furniture. It was a bit warm but the air conditioner and ceiling fan refreshed the air quickly. The Maxwell (on the third floor) shares a bathroom (on the second floor) with another room. It takes a bit to get used to traveling downstairs to the bathroom- and luckily the people who shared the bathroom with us were considerate. It's probably not possible, but a sink in the Maxwell room would make a big difference. The outdoor decks were a perfect place to read. The breakfasts were delicious and complete. The daily offering of fruit, muffin and eggs/pancakes were unusual and tasty. In addition, there was yogurt, cereal, bread for toasting, and fruit- all you could ask for! The staff was friendly and helpful. We will definitely return!
5 on August 14, 2014
This was our third visit to House of Two Urns and it was wonderful. Comfortable, clean, walking distance to the Bucktown area, helpful and the breakfast is delicious. We can't wait to return.
3.6 on August 07, 2014
My son and I had a last minute overnight stay in Chicago. Reservations were extremely easy to make. We were able to find the B & B without much difficulty. It was located a little further out than expected. Owners and staff were friendly, but not as overly welcoming as we expected them to be. We were situated in our cozy room promptly. We had difficulty figuring out DID player and it was addressed immediately. Breakfast was outstanding! I hope you get to enjoy the Red Velvet Muffins. Overall it was a pleasant stay. We would stay there again. My only bit of advice is to make the residents initial getting more warm and welcoming.
4.4 on July 11, 2014
breakfast was OK, but skimpy portions
So sorry you went away hungry from breakfast. Skimpy is not an adjective I hear used about me or my breakfasts, so to clarify this for prospective guests let me itemize what is included in our daily fare: amuse bouche de fruits, freshly baked muffin/scone or bread, hot Chef's Choice entree that alternates one day sweet (french toast, waffles, crepes, etc) and next day savory (eggs scrambled with cheese or veggies, quiche, strata, frittata, omelette, etc). In addition to these items made fresh each morning in our kitchen, we offer a buffet with breads/bagels for toast, greek yogurt, homemade granola, dry cereal, instant oatmeal and whole pieces of fruit - bananas, apples, grapes, clementines, oranges. The buffet is generally what you will find at most of the city B&BS - only a handful serve a hot breakfast at all in Chicago. We offer GF, diabetic and vegan options to our guests with these dietary requests and so we often serve options that are easy to adjust to these demands. Our portions are modest - 2 eggs per person - 1.5 piece of bread for french toasts, 2 waffle sections per serving. We do not like to see food wasted and have adjusted our portions to fit the average guest. As we get many international guests here, they always comment on how huge American portions are and appreciate our serving sizes. Again, my apoligies that you went away feeling cheated from not having had a large enough breakfast.
4.8 on July 11, 2014
The food was marvelous, room was lovely, everything clean and we enjoyed talkjng with other guests from other parts of the country and out of the country. The staff was very helpful providing information about Chicago sites and events and how to navigate.. I would have liked more info at the front end about how high the steps were in the B&B especially from the parking lot.--I had a lot of sore muscles although other people did not seem to be bothered so it was not a problem for everyone.
We are glad you had a lovely stay and enjoyed our breakfast - we sometimes joke about our Victorian "Stairmaster" getting up to the Alcova or Maxwell Street Guestrooms or any of our 2nd level guestrooms. We only have 2 guestrooms that are on "street" level - our Blue and Des Amis units. For anyone that is not used to working out or going up or down steps it is better to choose one of these rooms. All other guestrooms are up at least one flight (about 22 steps) of stairs. Not a problem for the young or fit, but yes, it can be challenging even for me at my age and I have to go up and down them a lot some days - it definitely was easier 23 years ago when I started the inn.
4.4 on July 08, 2014
My husband and I had a fabulous time at the House of Two Urns. We love B&Bs and Wicker Park is one of our favorite neighborhoods, so staying there made perfect sense! So many restaurants right outside. Comfortable room and great breakfast conversations.
4.2 on July 05, 2014
this was an exceptional "find" for us as it was a most convenient location and it offers parking for the car, a real "plus". Everything was perfectly clean and the breakfasts were spectacular and served with a caring artistic flair. the amenities were endless. It was very spacious. We had to walk up a steep flight of stairs but got used to it! The positive features outweighed this factor! Also we were surrounded by interesting artifacts, antique collections and art of all kinds some of it done by the interesting owners.
4.4 on July 02, 2014
House of 2 Urns is a beautiful, well kept and expertly maintained B&B. Their rules are specific and clearly posted, which is very helpful, I believe. Although there is only one choice of cooked breakfast, it is freshly made and quite good. We have stayed here twice and will probably do so again.
3.6 on June 29, 2014
This was the first time we had stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. The building we stayed in was one of two homes the B&B owned. Nothing really special or different than any of the other homes in the neighborhood. There warm and fuzzy feeling just wasn't there. We had more interaction with fellow guests at breakfast then we did with the owners. They need to work on the hospitality part of the business.. making you feel welcome and special.
I am so sorry you did not get that warm and fuzzy feeling from us during your stay last week. I was ill and out of commission and so we were one person down. However, our staff always ask if anyone needs help or has questions at breakfast time, so when guests are busy chatting among themselves and don't speak up we assume that all are happy. We find that our guests are here to discover Chicago or to visit nearby family and are not expecting to spend the evening with us. When we host art or writer salons we often invite our guests, but generally we use our evenings for personal or family time.
Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway) 15 miles
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Casino, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Near art galleries, alternative music and theatre venues, Picnic area, Zoo
Other, Urban Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Copier, Library, Piano, Washer/dryer , 2 miles from downtown/Loop; 5 miles to McCormick P, laundry, free parking
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Sightseeing, World Class Museums, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool
Kapra Fleming and Miguel Lopez
English, French, German, Spanish
2 outdoor cats on site Others
A video artist, her multi-talented poet husband and her young daughter are your hosts.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Diabetic, Vegan
French Toast a la Morrie
Named for a frequent guest, poet and author, this raisin bread french toast is topped with bananas and sliced almonds and served up with a side of sausage.