The Aster House

1020 W Altgeld St , Chicago, IL 60614 USA (Show map)


The Aster House offers 3 short-term fully furnished apartments in a nonsmoking thoroughly updated Victorian home. Briefly, the units are: 1. Alice's Annex: 1.5 bedrooms, 1 bath , sleeps <5 2. Elizabeth's Place: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps <6 3. Bella's Duplex: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps <8 4. Bella's 1: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps <2 5. Bella's 2: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps <4 6. Bella's 3: 3 bedrooms, i bath, sleeps <6 Full details and more photos may be found by visiting our website,

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Innkeepers: Fran



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Lovely in Lincoln Park

5 on June 10, 2013

We highly recommend this historic 1886 mansion for your visit to Chicago! Our extended family of 10 rented the entire mansion for the weekend of our daughter's college graduation, and it was a perfect location within walking distance to Lincoln Park, Moody Church, train and bus stops. The neighborhood shops and cafe's were pleasing and diverse. The home was furnished with antiques and period pieces so that you felt as if you were stepping back in time, yet every modern appliance and the convenience of 3.5 baths made our stay relaxing and quite comfortable. The spacious kitchen and dining room enabled us to prepare meals and dine together in lieu of expensive restaurant dining . Fran assisted us with parking permits for parking in front of the mansion, and additional free street parking locations as close as a block or two away. We all wished for more time to explore the city. Thank you, Fran, for helping us enjoy and create treasured memories in your lovely mansion!

The Hansen House Mansion

5 on May 24, 2013

Thank you for making my stay in Chicago a wonderful experience. The whole trip was great, I enjoyed my conference, the train trip and everything else. I was a little tired when I came back, though, and have been busy since, so that is why my answer is delayed. I really enjoyed staying in your beautiful house, and you have been extraordinarily helpful and nice. I loved the guided tour with Ms. Gonzalez, she was so nice and informative. I will gladly recommend Hansen Mansion to anyone who travels to Chicago, and I hope I will be able to come back soon. Thank you also for your gift, I listened to the CD and it made me miss Chicago and made my kids want to go there too.

Great Stay with Great-Grandfather

5 on October 30, 2011

I had the extreme pleasure of staying two evenings at the Hansen mansion, a home designed and built by my architect Great-Grandfather, Harold Hansen.

A Wonderful Weekend

4.4 on December 08, 2010

We were welcomed warmly by Fran and Quincy. They provided us with a free nearby parking spot as promised, and were very helpful in finding nearby locations and attraction. The Hansen House Mansion was beautiful and carefully decorated to match the age and architecture. The history in the house itself was amazing. We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.

Weekend Getaway w/friend

4.4 on October 20, 2010

We stayed at Elizabeth's Place (one of the apts at Centennial House). It was very nice -- large living room, dining room, and kitchen with all of the modern amenities. It had three bedrooms and one bathroom. A friend and I met in Chicago for a long weekend. Two other girlfriends were suppose to meet us, but ended up cancelling at the last minute. Fran was most helpful and accommodating. I emailed her frequently before the stay as I had not stayed at an apt before. She was most responsive. Her emails were very detailed regarding which trains each of us needed to be on and where to transfer to get to Lincoln Park. Fran asked us what we were planning on doing. She had several suggestions and explained the train system well. One of her recommendations was a play at the Apollo Theatre (about two blocks away). The Million Dollar Quartet was being shown. Fran told us how to get tickets at half price...THANKS BTW. It was an excellent performance. She told us that she was available should we have any questions during our stay -- whether we were at the apt or out and about the City. She even loaned us a map and showed us how to get to certain destinations. The apt was clean and neat. It's a Victorian theme with antiques and period pieces. The bedrooms were comfortable. It is two blocks from the train and grocery store. Only a 10-minute ride to The Loop (less if going to Magnificent Mile shops). So much to see and do. We definitely are coming back and staying here.

Girls Weekend

4.4 on October 19, 2010

The convenient location and personal service were beyond all expectations. This place is an excellent value. I will definitely refer to others and go back if I get the chance.

Birthday Celebration at Aster House

4.0 on September 28, 2010

A group of ladies recently stayed at the Aster House of the Centennial Houses of Lincoln Park for a birthday celebration. We enjoyed our stay as the location was excellent, close to Apollo Theater and many restaurants. Fran and Quincy were both very nice and hospitable. Our accomadations were quaint, lovely as you would expect in a bed and breakfast. We didn't experience any dining at the house, so I can't rate that, but the overall value was very great.

Another Wonderful Stay for 2nd Time Around!!

4.4 on August 29, 2010

I can't say enough good things about this B&B (The Hansen Mansion - one of the Centennial Houses). Fran and Quincy (owners) were wonderful , once again! We stayed here 2 years ago and enjoyed it just as much. This was our 2nd trip to Chicago and we (a group of 6 women) loved staying here and had the whole house to enjoy for the weekend! The decor is beautiful decorated with antique furniture and many pieces of history relating to the house. There is a nice kitchen where all 6 of us were able to either cook or eat. Plenty of info provided on the kitchen wall of what to do's, where to eat, entertainment, maps, etc. There is also a beautiful dining room that seats 10+ people. The 2nd story has two bedrooms, and two bathrooms - one of them being in the larger of the two bedrooms. Both decorate with antiques - beds very comfortable too! The third story provides two additional bedrooms and bathroom. There is also a sitting area on the third story, with tv, coffee maker, microwave and additional sink. There is a balcony with two tables and plenty of chairs to have 6-8 people sit outside. The home is wonderfully located near Lincoln Park Zoo and North Ave. Beach (walk there in 10 min.). Grocery store across the street. Plenty of wonderful restaurants - one recommended to us by Fran that was great! I highly recommend staying here!

Wonderful days in Chicago

4.2 on August 12, 2010

It was be mere chance that I ended up at the Hansen House during holidays in Chicago. But I enjoyed every minute of my stay and certainly the place and its owners are responsible for it. Large and nice bedroom, a spacious bathroom (outside of the bedroom), a wonderful kitchen where one can have breakfast and meals - all this made me feel very much welcome to a equally fantastic city. The place stands in a wonderful neighbourhood, close to the beach, to parks, restaurants, buses and trains - and also a special organic market twice a week. The owners are outstandingly pleasant, did everything to make my stay the best possible. No way I'm going to stay in any other place when going back to Chicago.

Awesome Visit

4.0 on July 16, 2010

Outstanding service and value. This visit to Chicago exceeded my expectations.

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Rooms & Rates

Bella's Duplex

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 3 Queen , 2 Twin

Elizabeth's Place

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Double

Alice's Annex

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

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Location Type

Downtown, Lakefront, Urban


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois) 10 miles

Directions to property:

NOTE: SITE LISTS CARBONDALE AITRPORT BUT WE ARE DOWNTOWN CHICAGO! So about 10 miles to OHare or Midway. 1 mile from Routes 90 and 94, Lakeshore Dr and Lake Michigan

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Night life, All major city attractions, Many a few doors away!, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Homestay, Apartment

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Copier, Fax Machine, Outdoor grilling, Wedding Facilities , DVD player, Landline phone for local calls, Cable TV

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Museums!, Theatre -- live and film, Music venues, Everything in a major city!, Day spas, Farmers markets, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only STRICTLY non-smoking inside!
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well-behaved guests of all ages always are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Sorry !
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Depends -- please ask
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a 50% or one month deposit to hold a booking; nothing is held without this. The balance is due upon arrival, unless a 3-month or longer stay when rent is collected monthly.
  • Cancellations: When we make a reciprocal agreement that you will stay with us, it would inconvenience both parties if either changed their plans. Therefore we do not accept cancellations. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances could arise, and should this occur we will work with you to our mutual satisfaction.




Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Fran is an opera and ballet supernumerary and a world-wide traveler who would love to hear about your part of the globe! She loves to recommend the many nearby restaurants, theatres, music venues, bakeries, museums, activities -- just ask!

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Not included

  • Time Served: none
  • Serving Location: Restaurants,Starbucks,Whole Foods,bakeries, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Your choice