Large Fenced in Back Yard at the Hinman House...Note the Screened in Back Porch & Various Outdoor Seating Arrangements for Our Guests Outdoor Dining, Either Alone or While Visiting With Family or Friends
Our home serves as a temporary residence for many different musicians, artists, academics, & business people. We aim to have everybody arrive in our home a visitor, but leave as a friend.
In fact, what makes our house unique is that we have now served as hosts to people from all over the world. We started doing this when I took a job as the Midwest Coordinator for an International High School Student Exchange Program and got to know how easy it was meeting people from around the world. Since then, and hosting many Northwestern Graduate Students working on their PhD or Masters in our home, our friends have taken to calling our house the Gertrude Stein Home of Evanston,which I take as a compliment. They explain this by saying, each time they meet someone at our home, they know they are going to learn something new. They also have said that they have been impressed to see that not only are these people living in our home, but they can see that they have become our friends. And, they love the comeradie they feel which eminates from our home. If only we could bottle that and sell it to the world, eh?
Evanston has many of the best Midwestern tourist attractions within a day's reach. It is a great place to base yourself whether your visiting for purposes of Northwestern University, or Chicago.
Being located, just 1 block from the train, we are extremely well-located for university students, not only of Northwestern U., but also Loyola Univ., Northeastern Univ. & DePaul Univ.
Evanston is home to Northwestern University, which was voted #4 in a recent poll concerning the most walkable campuses. The only university towns voted more walkable were:
1. Cambridge, MA Walk Score 87 (Harvard University and MIT)
2. Berkeley, CA Walk Score 79 (University of California at Berkeley)
3. Providence, RI Walk Score 76 (Brown University)
4. Evanston, IL Walk Score 74 (Northwestern University
Besides being home to Northwestern University, Evanston boasts tree-lined lakefront paths for biking/jogging, a vibrant shopping district, dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants, live music venues, movie theaters and more. Northwestern, and the lakefront, are less than 5 minutes from The Hinman House.
Our home, built in 1888, is located several blocks south of the NU campus in Evanston's Lakefront Historic District. Although our home is vintage, it has all of the modern amenities a person needs for our 21st century lifestyles. We have central air and heat, cable TV and wireless internet everywhere in the house and yard.
It is one block away from a Whole Foods, with a Trader Joe's, Starbucks Coffee and Sushi Bar right behind our home. Our house is located just 3 blocks west of Lake Michigan and a block east of the train to downtown Chicago, which is approximately 25 minutes away. If you have kids, we also have a play lot across the street and several along the lakefront.
We also have 2 little white/black toy fox terrier dogs that I've never heard a growl from. They have always been great at making friends w/ people. Recently, we had two young men with us. A young German man from Wiesbaden who had never had a dog before. 6 months later, he was so in love with these pupettes, that I think, if he would have tried to take one more picture on his phone, it might have exploded! haaaa. Then there was Yuong (Tony) Liu, from China. He also had never had a dog and at first was very frightened of dogs. He would walk towards them and if they started to approach him, he would turn on his heels and walk very fast the other way. Well after some coaching, Tony, too fell in love w/ these two little harmless pupettes. The worse these two can do is shed some of that white fur on you, which I'm always trying to control, but....
Because I am a writer, I work out of our home, and will always be available to answer any questions you may have that come up. Questions, such as about using something in the house or about our local area. We do serve morning coffee and in each bedroom, there is a refrigerator, so you can shop and make your meals at will in our kitchen. We do have a large, bright kitchen that people like to hang in. Everyone is free to use all our kitchen appliances as long as they clean up after themselves. I will be happy to show you where things are stored. Also, in each bedroom there is a desk for your laptop where you can do you work if necessary. Guest are free to work just about anywhere they wish in the house (the glory of Wi-Fi) whether in the first floor since the living room is a pleasant room to work in with lots of light, or the kitchen,family room, screened in back porch or the outside patio.
Also, we have a free laundry facility on the second floor for small loads of laundry or you can use the basement laundry facility for your larger loads of laundry.
Our neighborhood is great for walking/jogging along the lake, looking at the historic older homes in the neighborhood, or you can ride a bike along the lake, which can be rented at a nearby bike shop.
We are located just south of the NU campus and east of the train to go to downtown Chicago. You really don't have the need for a car because most things you need are just a short walk away. If you do require a car, there is free parking on the streets near our home.
Here are some things near by that might interest you:
The Evanston Summertime Outdoor Concerts Along the Lake & the Lagoon (Davis St)
The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds in nearby Highland Park,
The Chicago Botanic Garden,
Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out our door.
The Evanston Yoga studios,
The Block Art museum,
Evanston Public library on the NU campus.
The Chicago Institute of Music featuring daily concerts and workshops, which is on Chicago Ave. & Grove (website hidden): PUBLIC TRANSIT
We are located just south of the NU campus and east of the El. You can also take the Davis or Main Street METRA line to the Loop. Either system will get you downtown quickly and easily. Though you’re unlikely to need a car if you’re staying locally or traveling around town, an off-street parking spot is also available. Zipcars are located only two blocks away.
FROM O'HARE AIRPORT
You can take the PACE 250 bus from the Kiss and Fly lot to Davis Street in downtown Evanston for $1.75. Cab fare from the airport is straight metered and runs approximately $38 to Evanston.
FROM MIDWAY AIRPORT
Take the Orange line to downtown Chicago. The station is in the airport. Transfer at Roosevelt Road during non-rush hour and take the Red line to Howard St, where you'll transfer to the Purple Line to Dempster Street in Evanston. If you are arriving during rush hours (5:20–9:30am or 3-7:30p), you can stay on the Orange line to Washington and Wells and transfer there for an express Purple line to Dempster. Again, economic, but it will take some time. FYI... A cab along Lake Shore Drive through Chicago to Evanston will run approximately $55.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU!
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Please No Smoking
Respect our home as you would respect your own.
Please clean up after yourself in the kitchen
Please always make sure our dogs are not by the front door when you are exiting. All you have to tell them is, "Stay Back.". Same w/ when you enter the house. Please make sure the dogs don't go out front door. If they do, don't chase them, just tell them I have a treat and start rustling around in a bag & that should get their attention.
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Sue was really nice and answered questions quickly. They were flexible about our arrival time which was important. When we arrived the house was lovely! Filled with their charming collections and a warm inviting feel.
Tim answered the door and Sue quickly got us settled . There was a mix up of which room we thought we'd get and Sue easily put things in order!
In the morning there was hot coffee, homemade banana bread and fruit along with interesting conversations
We will be back!!!!
The location was perfect. In and out of Chicago was a breeze with just a short walk to all public transportation. The home is in a beautiful neighborhood and sits just a few short blocks from the lake and downtown Evanston. The house is spacious and comfortable. Tim and Sue made me feel welcomed the moment I met them and throughout my month long stay. When I return to Chicago/Evanston, this is absolutely the first place I will look for a place to stay. I had a wonderful experience while staying here and when I left, I said good-bye to new friends who displayed genuine concern for me during my visit.
Beautiful house, friendly hosts! I came to Evanston to go to a conference at Northwestern - the schedule was packed and Sue was extremely gracious when I arrived late the first night. The room was spacious and clean, with a very comfy bed! I would love to stay here again.
My daughter, Quinn (15) and I stayed with Tim and Sue for a weekend visit to Northwestern. I couldn't be more pleased with our choice to stay here! The home is beautiful and perfectly located with a gorgeous neighborhood in front and shops and restaurants on the backside of the block. And 2 blocks from the "L". Tim and Sue were fantastic and very interesting - I felt as though I was visiting old friends. I spent much of my time getting to know them and "visiting" with them. Highly recommended.
This is not only an ideal location (walk to lake, town, train, and Northwestern), but more importantly, the hosts are incredibly generous, thoughtful and flexible. The accommodations are ideal, comfortable and clean and the hosts were ready for my arrival. The hosts are most interesting and engaging folks and I absolutely loved my experience. Would definitely stay here again!
Great state with Sue. Everything one needs for a lovely and
quiet respite between sightseeing and exploring in Evanston .
Location is fantastic, 5 minute walk to Whole Foods , Train and
Lake Michigan. Gorgeous neighborhood. Everyone is friendly.
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Sue Schell: My life is about relationships. I love to cook, sing, talk,watch films, listen to classical music, write, read biographies, nonfiction and historical fiction books, travel, laughing with people.
I love animals, especially dogs and horses and have found I should never discount any animal when it comes to having a personality.
My two favorite life motos are, "By Giving We Receive"and "Carpe Diem!"
Sue & Tim :
" We have loved becoming a part of AirBnB because it brings the world to our door. We love that one week we can be talking with a French family of 4, the next week we're hosting a young professional man from Germany than a husband and wife from some other part of the world. It is truly a magnificent thing that feels safe for everyone, the travelers and the hosts!"
It has been our experience that people who enjoy using AirBnB are quite intellectually curious and a worldly sort of person, who enjoy being in someone's home much more than in some impersonal hotel room. Also, they enjoy saving the money that a stay in an AirBnB room has to offer. WE ARE BIG FANS of AIRBNB!