House of Two Urns

1239 N. Greenview Avenue , Chicago, IL 60642-3318 USA (Show map)


A charming brownstone two-flat, with 3 guestrooms, 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, guest rooms 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 and herbs 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 25th 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.




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Would stay again next time

4.4 on May 16, 2016

We were in Chicago for a wedding and this spot made it easy to do! We were welcomed and checked in quickly, as we were short on time, but the host was thorough in orienting us and showing us the home and parking. Breakfast offered great choices and they were flexible to our schedule. Loved the special touch of fresh herbs from the garden. Great fun to chat with other travelers at breakfast and share stories- our favorite part of BnB staying. We would stay again!

Comfortable and relaxing

5 on May 02, 2016

I stayed two nights while attending a conference held downtown on Upper Wacker Drive. I really enjoyed the comfort of the home, the delicious breakfasts, the beautiful street and the local restaurants. And the train down to the conference was convenient and efficient. Would love to return.

Lovely Building in a Fun Neighborhood

4.6 on March 14, 2016

House of Two Urns is a warm and comfortable space filled with art and eclectic furnishings. It is conveniently located in a neighborhood of well maintained homes and unique shops and eateries. It is only a short walk to the nearest Blue Line stop so it is well connected to the Loop and to OHare. Free parking for those who drive is a valuable benefit! Some rooms have garaged parking, others come with permits allowing street parking on the street in front. Breakfast was delicious and served at a communal table where delightful conversation is enjoyed along with the meal.

Comfortable Stay in a Vibrant Neighborhood

4.6 on March 02, 2016

House of Two Urns provides a comfortable and relaxing place to relax while enjoying all that Chicago has to offer. The eclectic art and furnishings mirror the Wicker Park neighborhood. Parking was provided, which is a huge bonus in Chicago. A Blue Line stop is very close by, so no need to use the car during your stay. Breakfast was delicious and substantial. And the conversation around the communal table was a delight.

Wonderful Experience!

5 on February 24, 2016

Great location - easy to get in/out of the city. Room was much nicer and bigger than I expected. Weather was awesome - was able to sit on deck for a while and enjoy the warmth. Kitchen came in handy for left overs and snacks. Very positive experience!

Love the House of Two Ferns

4.8 on February 22, 2016

The decor is sublime. Warm and inviting. Very quiet and restful. Chicagoans with 9 yr old twins taking a weekend Anniversary "trip". Highly recommended!

Excellent find

4.4 on February 20, 2016

This bed and breakfast is an exceptional value. Very close to public transportation. Owners gave great advice about dining in the neighborhood. Breakfast timing was flexible and the cook was able to accommodate unexpected restrictions. We will definitely stay here again.


5 on February 15, 2016

Excellent! Beautiful, easy access to the Blue Line, warm atmosphere, and delicious breakfast.

The House of Two Urns is sublime

4.8 on February 11, 2016

Beautiful decor. Very homey. We felt very comfortable there. We will return many times to come.

Nice but....

3.6 on January 18, 2016

The private bathroom was NOT PRIVATE. The lock was not working and it was used by other guests which we did not appreciate. Would not have stayed if we knew the private bath was indeed public. Otherwise, location was fabulous. It is a great bread and breakfast other than the bathroom which for me is a big deal.

Innkeeper Response
We are very sorry that your bathroom was used by other guests. We are in the process of installing a new door that will also have a room key and pass code lock on it to ensure it's privacy. We have not had this problem since we made this change to a private hall bath in December and apologize on behalf of this major inconvenience to you. We should have the new bath room door and locks installed by the end of February at the latest and hope that this will encourage you to revisit us in the future.

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Rooms & Rates


  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double


  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath


  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Twin

La Chambre des Chats

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

la Alcova - Double Queen

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Chambre des Amis

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Blue Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Das Porzellanzimmer

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Downtown, Urban


Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare) 15 miles

Directions to property:

3 blocks west of I90-94 at Division exit 49A or 1-1/2 blocks from the O'Hare Blue Line subway Division stop.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, Night life, Near art galleries, alternative music and theatre venues, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fax Machine, Fridge, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Videos, Washer/dryer , 2 miles from downtown/Loop; 5 miles to McCormick P, laundry, free parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Sightseeing, World Class Museums

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  • Check In:: 2-4 pm daily
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Our Alcova (Double Queen) or la Chambre des Amis are best
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Generally 2-4 nights on weekends or during heavy convention periods
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night bookings are non-refundable. Payment is due 7 days prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations: 12:00 NOON, CST, one week prior to arrival date. One night deposit required on all OTA bookings. Balance is due at 7 days prior to arrival and the credit ard on file will be charged at this time. If you cancel after this time, refunds are only given if we are able to re-book the room for all but one night. One night is never refunded as a late cancellation penalty fee when cancelled less than one week prior to arrival.



Kapra Fleming and Miguel Lopez

Languages spoken

English, French, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

one 17 yo outside cat, Tuki

About the innkeepers

Hosts are both artists working in video, photography, printmaking, sculpture and poetry. We love the arts, music and our home is filled with intriguing art that is not for the faint-hearted.

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  • Time Served: 7-10 a.m. daily
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Diabetic, Vegan

Signature Dish

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.