Ultra-plush queen mattress with box spring for sturdy, comfortable quiescent rest in second-floor room in three-bedroom townhouse. View of woods (from March through October) provides natural privacy in secluded, serene residential neighborhood two miles from Six Flags, and 45 miles from either Chicago or Milwaukee. Ample closet space. Shower/bathtub/toilet are a few feet from room, as is washer-dryer that longer-term guests may use, and other guests by request. (See surcharge, details.)
My space affords the luxury of a quiet setting amid the rural wooded area of suburban Gurnee known far and wide for its big draws: Six Flags Great America, and Gurnee Mills outlet mall. You're also close to major roadways connecting to downtown Chicago to the south or Milwaukee north-bound. Lake Michigan is five miles east and those new to Chicago: Take LSD. That would be Lake Shore Drive. What did you think I meant?
Toegang voor gasten
I am really committed to providing you a great stay. So I am fairly flexible with guests using the kitchen area for cooking, storing food in the fridge, use of pots and pans and utensils/glassware/plates, coffeemaker, etc. Please ask first before using Cuisinart, specialty pans. Access into the unit by front door or garage. Codes will be provided.
Interactie met gasten
I will be available by text or phone calls throughout the day, though I do work outside my home so if a message is not returned immediately it may be due to a meeting at my job, or driving home. I will reply as soon as possible and please do call directly as that may be easier to communicate if a text message is not replied to quickly.
Andere dingen waar je op moet letten
My dog is affectionate and eager to welcome you but I do ask you do not pick him up, feed him, let him outside or take him outside without my prior permission. Certainly you are free to pet the pooch, extend a hand in lickable camaraderie, and praise him for being the perennial "good boy, Koko!"
Some exceptions made for "support" pets. Every guest has different needs or must-haves, and I would like to know BEFORE booking a room (if Instant Book is on) about your pet situation.
And although smoking is not permitted inside the house, smokers could use the garage, or front or back porch.
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Down-to-earth respectful kind of guy married in May 2015 to Olga: a beautiful, loving Chadian woman who speaks fluent French, Sar (and a few other central African dialects), but likes to stay off social media sites for the most part.
Together, we make sure to provide you a restful place that exceeds your expectations and gives you a pleasant, semi-private lodging (we live here too, after all) for a fraction of what you'd pay a stone's throw away.
I like to read (fiction and nonfiction, news) and write and learn from everyone and everything. I'm a New York state-certified teacher of English (7-12) and now work as a writer-editor and proofreader.
I love to journal and attend/read at open mic poetry nights and drink strong coffee and play tennis, backgammon and chess.
My last overseas trip took me to west Africa, with my Ghanaian-born friend Ben. More recently, local/regional treks brought me to Delray Beach, Florida (to help my mom move), St. Louis, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (for copy editors conferences), and Springfield, Illinois, to visit the Abraham Lincoln home and museum.
I appreciate my independence, so I value yours. A guest in my/my wife's home should expect a lot of freedom, although should you want any information or practical tips on local bars, places to eat, or any other Chicago-area obscurities or low-down, please ask or text and I will do my best to answer your queries.
Some basics below, though a comprehensive listing would mean a bunch more screens!
Local go-to places:
(1) Tempel Farms
From the U.S. Lipizzan website: "Until 1916, the Lipizzan stud farm always remained the private possession of the Habsburg monarchy. The expansion of the breed had been affected over the centuries by military conflicts. Whenever warfare threatened the Lipizza stud, the horses were moved away." Performances of these amazing hoof-tapping equines give you a performance you'll remember. Call ahead though because if temperatures soar past 80, they might cancel performances. Horse safety is their para"mount" concern, naturally they consider each one a "mane" attraction (a two-bad-pun yawn).
Public shows begin each June.
(2) Pyramid House
A local curiosity and only about 2.5 miles from us. Local realtor (wife) and self-employed builder (husband) couple designed and built residential pyramid home. I took an insider tour back in the 80s before they ceased giving tours, although I think they still do on a limited basis. You can stop off-road and park by their gate to see the place even if you don't manage to make it inside. About a five-minute drive from my home.
(3) Volo Auto Museum
If you'd love to steer a classic car, this place will give you the next best thing: To stare at classic cars.m
Vintage and culturally iconic vehicles abound, such as all of the original Batman car (e.g., from the Adam West caped crusader TV series, to Hollywood versions) and one or two Elvis-owned Caddies. Located about 10 miles west of my home.
(4) Lake County Preserves and Park District
If you love the outdoors, Lake County (here in Illinois, there's also a Lake County in Indiana) does a great job in buying up open acreage to preserve in perpetuity, which makes living here great knowing that every square centimeter of land will NOT get swallowed by money-making urban sprawl developers. Included on the website are museum locations (which was only location in Illinois last year to have traveling exhibit of Shakespeare original manuscripts) that have stuff you might like, and its many outdoor things, though pretty sure the paddle boats at Independence Grove (in Libertyville) are closed till June.
Birthplace and childhood home to Jack Benny, Nat King Cole, and Arthur C. Clarke, et al. Some great live theatre (e.g., Clockwise, Three Brothers) and visual and spoken arts venues (I've read stuff at poetry open mic nights), with the Genesee Theater being the best known venue for concerts, movies.
Waukegan is also home to Zaza Hair Braiding, my favorite go-to family owned business!
Boston Market (rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, comfort foods)
Bourbon Chicken (at food court in Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Charley's Philly Steaks (at food court inside Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Culver's (started in Wisconsin, fresher "higher end" place with great ice cream)
Dairy Queen (more recognized for their ice cream desserts, but have food too)
Dicky's Barbecue Pit (house-smoked barbecue, opened 2016)
Dunkin' Donuts (coffee & donuts their mainstay, but decent cheap food options)
Five Brothers (fresh meaty burgers, hand-cut fries)
Jersey Mike's Subs (excellent subs with tasty sauces, doused in oil & vinegar)
JJ Fish and Chicken (take out only for the most part)
Long John Silver's (combined with KFC in one place)
Momcorn (sort of Central American/Mexican cuisine, homey place)
Penn Station East Coast Subs (really good fries too)
Portillo's (a Chicago-area chain branching out nationally, delicious Italian beef)
Potbelly Sandwiches (toasted Italian bread with various options, huge cookies)
Sbarro (Italian cuisine, located in Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Steak 'n Shake (tasty shakes with skinny fries & signature steak burgers)
Backyard Steak Pit (fancy themselves an upscale hometown spot)
Chicago Wood Fire Pizza (informal venue for good food and booze)
Chili's Grill & Bar
Chocolate Sanctuary, The (guess the culinary motif)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Midwest comfort food paradise)
Denny's (24-hour diner, everyone ends up in the corner booth once in a life)
Fatman Pizza Pub (sandpit volleyball teams nice outdoor seating option)
Giordano's (Italian, thick crust stuffed pizza a signature dish)
Golden Corral (buffet, all you can stuff in your face place)
Hayashi Japanese Restaurant (sushi bar, menu entrees, delish miso soup)
Joe's Crab Shack
Kaiser's Pizza & Pub (hometown favorite, thick and thin crust offerings, etc.)
Momcorn (Mexican, Central American cuisine where maize matters)
Olive Garden (national chain serving affordable and flavorful options)
Outback Steakhouse (national chain known especially for its Bloomin' Onion)
Panera Bread (salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, breads to buy)
Portillo's Hot Dogs (Italian beef, salads, burgers, dessert)
Primo Italian American Cuisine
Rainforest Cafe (inside Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Red Lobster (the oysters a personal favorite)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Salutos Pizza & Pasta (home-cooked family style Italian restaurant)
Shalimar Restaurant (Halal option for familiar Indian eats)
Stevens (nicer place, warm/romantic ambience, solid bar offerings)
Tacos el Durango Mexican Grill
Tacos del Norte (a couple of locations)
The Chocolate Sanctuary (guess the culinary motif)
The Point Pancake House (point as in convergence of three streets)
Timothy O'Toole's Pub (watering hole, flat-screen TVs galore, decent food)
Wildberry's Pancakes & Breakfast (Intelligentsia coffee for the connoisseur)
Jewel-Osco (longstanding Chicago chain, includes pharmacy)
Lewis Fresh Market (wide selection, big demographic is Mexican customers)
Mariano's (nice displays and wide selection, juice and coffee bar & grill)
Super Mercada El Mexicano
Target (small but viable grocery section)
WalMart/Sam's Club (Gurnee) & Walmart Supercenter (Waukegan)
Woodmans (24-hours, no food tax in Wisc.; big place includes liquor store)