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Neighborhood accommodations in Chicago

The next time you’re in Chicago, consider accommodations in one of the city’s great neighborhoods.

My friends and I recently booked a weekend at Roscoe Village Guesthouse, an apartment suite along a side street in Roscoe Village, once an enclave for German and Swedish immigrants. The contemporary guesthouse, formerly a three-flat structure built in 1919 and remodeled in 2009, had two bedrooms, two baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a living area and all the conveniences you’d expect in a hotel room. The suite offered plenty of space for three people in town for a weekend event.

Beyond the comfortable, spacious accommodations, staying at the guesthouse afforded us plenty of time to explore Roscoe Village, a tidy neighborhood of shady streets lined with red brick homes and small apartment buildings. We passed neighbors walking their dogs, playing with their children and commuting to and from work. In short, we saw a slice of everyday life in Chicago.

Along Roscoe Street, in the heart of the village, we browsed storefronts, shopped at a new grocery, Mariano’s Fresh Market, and dined at a pair of impressive restaurants, Turquoise Cafe, serving Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, and Piazza Bella, offering memorable Italian fare.

Getting to downtown Chicago was an easy 15-minute taxi ride. Roscoe Village Guesthouse also has accommodations in Lincoln Park and South Lincoln Park.

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.