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Flemish House on the Gold Coast
Staying at the city’s large downtown hotels may leave the curious traveler impressed but still curious. Given that Chicago blankets 225 square miles, we sought out accommodations around the city for visitors seeking a different slice of Chicago—one more closely resembling everyday life here. We came up with five good places to stay—two small-scale hotels and three charming bed-and-breakfasts—all located in residential neighborhoods within striking distance of downtown and close to public transportation.
FLEMISH HOUSE OF CHICAGO
68 E. Cedar St.; 312-664-9981, innchicago.com
Seven studio and one-bedroom apartments. Rates from $200 to $250 in high season. No street parking; nearby garage is $25 per day, no in-and-out privileges.
Located on a quiet street in the city’s wealthiest neighborhood, Flemish House is a gorgeously restored 1890s graystone just a few minutes’ walk from Oak Street Beach, Rush Street restaurants and bars, and Michigan Avenue. A relative bargain considering the proximity to downtown, the apartments are roomy and beautifully furnished, with new kitchenettes that include a gas range. The emphasis here is on the charm of a B & B without the social aspects that some people find intrusive: Mingling in the common areas—including a pleasant backyard patio—is strictly optional. In the evenings, the owners stock each room’s refrigerator with baked goods, cereal, yogurt, juice, and milk for a self-service continental breakfast the next morning.
ALLERGY ALERT Be aware that a housecat roams the hallways and may have been welcomed into apartments by previous guests.
Photography: (Image 1) Mike Schwartz; (Image 2) Courtesy of Flemish House