placer has officially arrived in Chicago! Starting today, our Chicago marketplace is open for bookings and features a diverse selection of new listings – from a Westside loft with a rooftop farm, to affordable meeting spaces, versatile studios and artist lofts, restaurants, and more. “Splacer aims to help space owners in major urban hubs balance the costs of ownership,” says Adi Biran, CEO and Co-Founder of Splacer. “It also helps those looking to rent spaces find ones that are wonderful yet affordable. Paying for a property that often lies empty can be frustrating. Offsetting this expense while helping people with their space-needs is a win-win. It’s the sharing economy at its best. Chicago, with its amazing sense of community, is the perfect place for this.” To celebrate our new expansion, meet three local Chicago space owners and find out where they love to eat, stay, drink, and shop in the windy city!
Ben S. | Skyline View From Versatile Loft Space
“I’ve been married for five years to my wife, Sarah, and we have a one-year-old son, Parker, and another son due in May 2017. We live in Humboldt Park.
I’ve lived in the city proper for about eight years, but grew up in Chicagoland. I went to school in Minneapolis and loved that city. I’ve been a youth director, teacher, writer, and worked in nonprofit marketing before opening Workshop, my first business venture, with my business partner, Ryan.
Workshop is located in River West, just across the river from Goose Island. People love that we’re located just outside The Loop/River North, so it’s a bit more relaxed than downtown (free parking!) – but close enough to be able to get easily to/from anywhere.
I love our views – from one of our lofts you can see the full skyline, and the other has gorgeous sunset views. You can see the river, two sets of railroad tracks, residential buildings, industrials parks, and just about everything in-between. I feel connected to almost every facet and trait of Chicago’s landscape just by glancing out of our windows.”
Ben’s Chicago Picks:
Ipsento, 2035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Book store: 57th Street Books
Hotels: Airbnb! But visit the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel if you can afford it 🙂
Galleries: Anything Matthew Hoffman is doing
Matthew Hoffman’s mural on a building in Bucktown for the company @properties
Nightlife: Get a late-night chocolate chip cookie and fine beverage at Scofflaw!
Other Must-Sees: Wrigley Field, Lem’s BBQ, sunrise on the lakefront
Casey | Pinterest Worthy Downtown Loft
“I have been in Chicago since 2008. I was drawn to the realness here. We are a working city, with people who like to embrace the “work hard, play harder’ saying and do it well. People are friendly and without much pretense. The neighborhoods here all have unique character and after 9 years, I still find hidden gems almost weekly. If you like to eat and drink then Chicago will serve you well. “
Casey’s Chicago Picks:
Best coffee shops: Intelligentsia is great coffee centrally located right in Old Town. If you are looking for a more off the beaten path place with a quirky cool atmosphere, definitely checking out Spinning J in Ukrainian Village – the coffee is great and the decor and menu inspired. The creamer and sugar station is even located in a repurposed old piano across from the cash register.
Where to grab a quick bite: Glunz Tavern – the burger is out of this world if you’re bleu cheese lover like me. Plus, being housed in an 1897 brick building with original century old stained glass all around doesn’t hurt making it a favorite either.
Furniture & design: Primitive. Go there. It is more of a museum than a furniture shop, even though everything is for sale. Every time I have been in someone has been kind enough to give me a tour, and I never bore of it as the store is ever changing. Truly one of the the hidden design gems of the city. For slightly more reasonably priced decor that is curated to perfection go to Jayson Home.
Book store: Myopic Books in Wicker Park
Restaurants: Alinea and Next are both critically acclaimed but if you don’t have time for 21 courses, can’t get a reservation, or would just rather stay casual try Longman and Eagle in Logan Square. It’s hip but not too hip and has excellent food. For a great steak among the power player of the city, it’s Chicago Cut.
Galleries: For Audubon fans, Chicago has the Joel Oppenheimer Gallery where you can see a huge collection of John James Audubon’s work and get a lesson from the knowledgeable staff on his life and legacy.
Bars: Try the amazingly inventive cocktails at The Aviary from renowned chef Grant Achatz and Nick KoKonas. The Green Door Tavern has a secret burlesque speakeasy underneath it, and The Vig in Old Town is a great locals’ watering hole.
Nightlife: For a bar and club scene starting with the after work crowd and going strong until 5am make your way to Hubbard Street.
Other Must-Sees: Take a picture at the Bean, explore Millennium Park, and catch a game at Wrigley field.
Keith V. | Intimate, Furnished, Malleable Art Loft
“Part of my family first came here in the early 1800’s and helped establish suburbs and even helped build the first high school in Arlington Heights that allowed boys and girls to go to the same school. Not to mention the closest high school during that time was only reachable by a long train ride into the city from the suburbs. I met my wife Marcy here in Chicago and we run TLR | The Living Room together.
TLR | The Living Room is located in a pretty interesting intersection between the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and Bucktown. The space is located along North Ave and is down the street from bustling 6 corners.”
Keith’s Chicago Picks:
Best coffee shops: Cup and Spoon is great! They’re 2 doors down. Otherwise Chicago has a good variety of coffee roasters that are based right here in Chicago. Some of them include Dark Matter (Star Lounge off Chicago Ave), Colombe, Metropolis, and probably a few more.
Where to grab a quick bite: Piece pizza is great, Cup and Spoon also always a favorite.
Furniture & design: There’s a vintage furniture shop across the street called Orange Moon, and a vintage clothing shop down the street. There’s also Rebuilding Exchange that focuses on renovations and recycling.
Hotels: The Robey
Nightlife: The Revel Room
Where to listen to live music: Double Door
Other Must-Sees: Take the “L” around Chicago. There’s a lot to see outside of downtown!
Chicago joins the growing list of urban hubs where Splacer has already curated and listed thousands of the cities’ most unique and vibrant spaces with its simple browse-and- book online marketplace – including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.