Whether you're planning a romantic snugglefest or a group stay, House of Two Urns is worth checking into. The Wicker Park B&B offers accommodations for all types, from those who don't mind sharing a bathroom to save some dough to those who favor a luxury layout. Starting at an eye-bugging $89 during the off-season, rates are so do-able that even locals will be tempted to book a cozy retreat.
In true B&B fashion, Two Urns offers its share of cutesy, themed rooms like the Cat Room (decorated with portraits of friendly felines) and Alice's Room, the smallest unit, which features whimsical artist-made furniture that imaginative types will go nuts for. But there are also more subtle units for non-kitsch fans. Details like handmade quilts, peaked ceilings, in-room fireplaces and antique secretary desks are sprinkled throughout to keep it homey, while stylish extras like fresh robes and slippers, over-sized Jacuzzis and heated bathroom floors (in some units) make for a super-classy stay.
If you're traveling with a group, ask about the 3- and 4-bedroom apartments for rent. These fab, furnished units don't include breakfast, but they do come with fully-equipped kitchens (and produce-mecca Stanley's is just a short walk away). With rates $185-$550, your team isn't going to find a better deal this side of Craigslist.
If you do make it to breakfast, however, you're in serious luck. French Toast a la Morrie is their signature dish, made with raisin bread, almonds and fresh banana slices. Other indulgent specialties include the rosemary and potato-stuffed Spanish torta, French-style crepes bursting with cream cheese and homemade apricot jam and an array of creative quiches. These steamy goodies are just the thing to fuel your daytime adventuring … step out the door and you're just a short walk from the L and some of the best boutique shopping, dining, and hipster-watching in the city.
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger