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.
4.4 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.
4.4 on June 23, 2014
Quiet, lovely garden, great breakfasts, on direct bus and subway lines to anywhere in Chicago. Just what I needed.
3.2 on June 09, 2014
Ideal position very close to blue line. 5 min from city centre and 45 mins from airport (direct train). Room is clean and breakfast excellent. That was a good stay for my quick visit to Chicago.
4.6 on June 05, 2014
nice host & hostess, great accommodations
4.6 on May 31, 2014
Excellent stay at House of Two Urns, great location in Wicker Park, quiet street, well appointed rooms and wonderful breakfasts, highly recommended.
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.