Chicago is hospitable and diversify and we expect nothing less than Chicago’s favorite short term vacation and business rentals. As unique as its pizza and inspirational as its art, there are a few things a Chicago Airbnb just can’t be compared to. Here are 10 things to love about a Chicago Airbnb and what you can look forward to every time you visit Chi-Town.

Access to Public Transportation

Whether you’re enjoying a staycation or here for a business meeting–you’ve got places to go! A Chicago Airbnb is almost always close to a train line, cab, or city bike. Home to one of the worlds best public transportation systems, a Chicago Airbnb will have a guide to help you get anywhere.

There’s Always Good Food Nearby

Chicago is home to some absurdly delicious food. From India, Lebanon, Italy, and good ol’ America you’re palette will be able to travel the world within just a few blocks. You’re never too far from a Michelin rated restaurant or some exotic street food.


Even if you just want to stay in, your Chicago Airbnb will hook you up with every important phone number to the best take out grub in your area.

A Suburb or City–Your Choice!

Chicago Airbnbs are stretched all over the city. Don’t think that you have to stay in Lincoln Park to get all the action. If you want the extra space of a house or a safe neighborhood for your kids to play outside, Chicago suburbs are just as exciting as the city but usually has a bedtime.


Chicago Airbnb guests have been known to sleep in the suburbs and train into the city for the undeniable vibes. Either way, it’s impossible to escape good food, good people, and a good time when you’re in Chicago.

The Views

Chicago is filled with modern Airbnbs that offer unobstructed views of downtown, famous parks, or even great lake Michigan. From high-rises to art and natures beauty, almost every spot in the city will be Instagram worthy.

Chicago Airbnb Hosts Have Style

Like the locals, Chicago Airbnb hosts style their homes with flair and swag. There is always an intentional and sophisticated touch of personality and comfort when you stay in Chicago.


Arriving at an Airbnb that’s got that added touch of luxury makes traveling that much more relaxing and enjoyable. You’ll never have to worry about weird smells, stiff sheets, or outdated paintings to haunt your vacation.

Looking For a Unique Airbnb in Chicago?

So maybe modern art and throw pillows aren’t your thing.


Chicago is known to have some of the quirkiest and unique Airbnbs in the country. From treehouses, themed houses, and laps of luxury or a hipsters paradise find the most unique Airbnb’s in Chicago by applying the “unique stays” filter on your Airbnb search bar.

The next time you’re here, skip the hotels and claim your temporary home in the city at a Chicago Airbnb. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite Airbnb’s in Chicago equipped with everything on this list. Enjoy your stay!

How to Use Local Events to Promote Your Airbnb

Any chance you have to promote your Airbnb–take it! Events are an especially opportune time to make consistent bookings happen. From sports games and concerts to conventions, seminars or trade-shows is a chance for you to customize your marketing to target attendees. Here’s how to use these events as an opportunity to promote your Airbnb.

Airbnb Hosting for Game Days

Sports are a huge part of American culture. Fans travel the country in hopes of watching their team dominate. Many fans turn to cheap hotels or a tent to accommodate their pre-game celebrations. With tailgating being a $100 billion dollar industry, it’s no wonder some Airbnbs are rented out strictly in accordance with a local sports calendar.

There are a few risk factors if you decide to promote your Airbnb on gamedays so we do recommend you party-proof your Airbnb. Appeal to game-goers by mentioning it in your listing as the date approaches ” 2 Bedroom Modern Apartment Close to Stadium-Perfect for a Pre-game BBQ”

Airbnb Hosting for Corporate Events

Corporate events are common here in Chicago and other big cities. Many companies provide a budget for their travelers to have nice accommodations. What’s better than your business ready Airbnb?

When it comes to attracting the business traveler, highlight amenities. Things like Fast, Free Wi-Fi will have the business person ready to book. The following are also necessary if you want to make sure all their work needs can be met with your Airbnb:

  • Work desk with a chair
  • Working all-in-one fax machine/scanner/printer
  • Outlet strip
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Parking Space
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hangers

To really impress, have a few spare phone and laptop chargers available.

How to Use Local Events to Promote Your Airbnb

Promote Your Airbnb to Seminar/Conference Goers

People often attend seminars in groups and are looking for an Airbnb that is comfortable and close to their destinations. Help your potential guests make the most of their trip. Promote your Airbnb as a comfortable abode for your guests. Go to the seminar facebook page and let them know your Airbnb is available.

Keep an Event Calendar

In order to target your event goers and promote your Airbnb effectively, you’ll need an active calendar. Update it regularly with upcoming events. Try to be at least 6 months ahead of schedule.

Go Where Your Guests Are

Event goers are constantly on the prowl for comfortable and affordable accommodations. Reach them on event forums, facebook pages–anywhere they’re looking and direct them to your Airbnb landing page.

How to Use Local Events to Promote Your Airbnb

Event Special Offers

Cross promoting with event coordinators can be a challenge but it’s certainly worth a shot! You promote their event, they promote your Airbnb. You’ll have to bring your A-game for this one.

You’re listing is always just sitting there. Take advantage of events to actively promote your Airbnb and watch the bookings roll in.


Author: Amina Grace




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How to Spot an Airbnb Plus

Recently, 3 of our Chicago Airbnb’s were rated among the top 50 Airbnb’s out of the 7,000 in the city! As excited as we are about the news, we are more grateful that with the help of the Plus badge, potential guests can have that little bit of extra peace of mind when booking. We were even able to share this excitement in a brief interview with the Chicago Tribune.

Introducing: Airbnb PLUS

When searching for a high-quality Airbnb, guests have the option to refine their listings to only include Airbnb Plus. These will be marked PLUS as seen above.

Introducing: Airbnb PLUS

Basic Airbnb Plus Program Requirements

To be eligible for Airbnb Plus, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintained an average rating of 4.8 over the past year
  • Accepted 95% of booking requests over the past year, including instantly booked reservations
  • No canceled reservations over the past year (except for any penalty-free cancellations)

Here are a few of the requirements for Plus spaces:

  • have a thoughtful design showing your unique style and personality,
  • be well-maintained and clutter-free,
  • have a comfy mattress, high-quality bedding, and plush towels,
  • be well-equipped with amenities like wifi and coffee.

I’m an Airbnb Host. How can I Join the Plus Program?

  • The first step before applying is reviewing some of the Plus Program Requirments.
  • Review your current ratings as an Airbnb host.
  • Then, invite a member of Airbnb to review your home and do an inspection based on the programs 100+ point quality test.

These listed steps are all a part of the application process along with a $149 one-time application fee.

73% of travelers are willing to pay more for a home verified for quality and comfort. Naturally, any host would want a piece of the plus program pie!

Author: Amina Grace

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