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I volunteer for Chgo. Books to Women in Prison and a food pantry—I own a dog, a cat and a small parrot—I have 2 sons, age 24 and 20. I'm a quiet, tolerant, independent person to host. If I have a motto, it would be Live and Let Live.
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Jo was lovely, very happy to help me figure out where to go and how to get there. House is in a state of comfortable clutter, a short walk from a bus stop, nearest to the Brown line train, which is a nice walk as long as you're not carrying a lot of luggage. The only problem is that the brown line isn't a 24/h train so if you are looking for a late night out then have money ready for a cab or something. The family was nice and the pets were lovely, and kept mostly to themselves.
Jo was polite and friendly. The room is as advertised, and well described in Nelson's (website hidden)'s commitment to books (for women in prison and to sell online) may have taken over the house, but she made a sincere effort to be hospitable although she was ill. The wireless internet worked seamlessly.
It's a nice neighborhood, with nearby parks (Eugene Field & Samuel Gompers) and the Bohemian National Cemetery. I found a delightful family-run Korean restaurant two blocks down, on Foster Ave.
Jo is a polite woman that makes you feel at home. I had problems with the internet the first day and she did her best to solve the problem (password issues), and finally did. On my last day, she helped me by calling the cabs. She's not the type of host that will invite everyone to dinner to share and talk about their lives, but she is a good host that helps when necessary and otherwise leaves you alone.
The pets in the house were not a problem at all. They just go about their business and as long as you keep your room door shut, they will never bother you.
Now the objective review of the place:
First of all, before you understand Jo's place, you have to be open-minded and accepting because of the price you're paying. If you want the best, then pay the most.
The location is a block from a bus stop and about 8 blocks from the metro/subway station Kimball on the Brown Line. The house is in a working to middle-class suburb of Chicago. The metro ride into town is about 30 minutes from the Kimball station.
The house is on a quiet street with peaceful neighbors. The house is "run-down" compared to the rest on the street, but I respect those that don't worry about the Joneses. The house inside, by average middle-class world standards, was messy, with piles of books and stuff all over the place. Maybe they were just preparing for a garage sale or something, because I don't think the house is like this all the time. Anyway, this did not affect me because I grew up in the midwest, and many of my friends had messy homes. The room itself is not as messy, it's on the second floor, has an acceptable bed and the shared bathroom is right outside. The room came with sheets (not new and crisp hotel ones...just regular household sheets) and a towel. I must say that even though I'm allergic to dust and mites, I was perfectly ok there, even with a bookcase in my room and the natural dust that books attract. The shared bathroom was fine.
So, in conclusion, Jo's place is absolutely fine for those that have the time to commute from her place, for those that are easy-going (like both Jo and I are), for those that do not require too much to get a good night's sleep, and for those that are NOT checking for dust and flaws (princesses, fashionistas, clean-freaks, upper-class wannabe's, etc, sorry, pay the Marriott).
I want to thank Jo for her hospitality and help in getting me to the airport when I was running late (like I said, you must calculate commuting times well in Chicago. I didn't.) I missed my flight anyway , but the nice people at JetBlue solved the problem.
Remember, Jo's place is for nice, non-demanding and simple people. If you are neither, then go stay with your own kind.
A nice place in an awesome (website hidden) and her family were really nice and welcoming.
Friendly and hospitable; the dogs are pretty laid-back.
The real star of the show, however, is the neighborhood- one of these picture-perfect middle-class bungalow wards that dot the outer edges of Chicago. A fairly long walk from the Brown Line subway, or a very short bus ride.
We were happy to host Jo's son and his husband and dog for a one month stay. They were both very cordial and polite as well as respectful of shared common space. They were very quiet…sometimes we wouldn't even know whether they were at home or not :) We appreciated their willingness to communicate to discuss schedules and activities happening in shared space.
Jo seems like an interesting woman, although I was too busy to really find out. I don't have any complaints. Host her if you get the chance.
Jaime (Jo's husband) was a polite, respectful and very tidy guest who communicated his arrival plans well. I didn't see much of him as his visits to daughter kept him out to explore Toronto downtown with her. I'd be happy to welcome him back or to recommend him to other hosts.
I was happy to provide a weekend home for Jo, Lily, and Adam while they were visiting Toronto. They were courteous and respectful with me and everything that furnishes the apartment. They left their room and the living room clean and as it was before (except for the dirty sheets bundled together for ease of transport to the laundry - thank you!)
They were very kind and I was happy to have met them.. I would encourage Lily and Adam to go to a University near by just so I can see them and Jo again! I would welcome them to stay over any time.
Jo, fam and friend were great, if brief guests! Not one issue to complaint =] Good luck in Toronto!
Jo and her son were fine guests in our apartment. They arrived on time, and left the place in good condition. I would recommend them to others as guests if you're looking for non-fussy people who aren't looking to be entertained. Very good houseguests.