The place reflects the neighborhood (roughly bounded by Fullerton Avenue to the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, Western Avenue to the west and Division Street to the south), which is a mix of bohemian artist types (lots of galleries, independently owned ethnic restaurants and coffee houses) and upscale condos and boutiques. Which is to say: Ray's is luxurious (top-notch linens, heated bathroom floors for all the rooms, a sauna and steam room in the garden level), quirky (vintage maps and eye-catching displays of all manner of sculpture and visual art everywhere you look), and sophisticated (no "Little House on the Prairie" sentimentality). It caters to people who want a uniquely Chicago place to stay, but who do not want all the forced cozy kitsch that goes with many B&Bs. Five guest rooms each have their own baths, as well as TVs with TIVO, Wi-Fi, whirlpool tubs, heated bathroom floors and pillow-top mattresses. The decor throughout is done in a neutral palette of mostly browns, grays and blacks. It's soothing, but not boring. Surfaces are sleek, not cluttered, and each room has little touches that make it unique beyond the layout. The DaVinci room, for example, has a bookshelf filled with old texts about science and geometry. For breakfast in the morning, guests can opt to sit in the kitchen and drink their coffee in solitude or join guests at a larger table (2010)."
"Best B and B in the country, hands down, no question.Stayed here for four nights at the end of May while attending a conference in DT Chicago (Happy customer)."
"Lovely neighborhood with lots of nice places to eat and drink. FANTASTIC cooked to order breakfasts. Free internet. Air conditioning. Great staff who are helpful, friendly and will leave you alone when you want them to. Short walk to the train to downtown. Huge, rambling space, with lots of public spaces you can relax in if you want to. Very welcoming. I stayed in the Da Vinci room, which has both a desk in the room and an office space just outside it in a private alcove with the room's bathroom. Lovely bathroom with whirlpool tub and heated floor. Street parking, which was easy to get near the B and B the one day when I did have a car. A great experience. Will definitely stay here the next time I am in Chicago (Happy customer #2)!"
From our Guest Registry:
The Best - breakfast, room, bed, decor, staff, location.....glad our kids live in Chicago so we can stay at Ray's. Can't wait to get back. Thanks to all (including the guests) who made it our "best" trip yet! --- tom & Marilyn Douglas
Really enjoyed our stay and the wonderful breakfasts! Everyone here has been so friendly and helpful AND you are in our son's neighborhood for when our ramily overflows his home! Many thanks, Barb & Dan
Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. The B&B is absolutely wonderful. The breakfast, Rocky, the room, the atmosphere, everyone here was fantastic. We wish we could move in. It was just a weekend away, but we hope to be back soon. We have loved every minute. --Jacob & Katie
Friendly, eclectic, decadent, and genuine. We loved our stay here and look forward to coming back. Ray, Jessica, Jilly, Stephanie... you're all fantastic! Thank You!
PS - Nutella & Bannana French Toast = heaven on a plate!
|Absolutely incredibly amazing place with friendliest staff and best breakfasts ever! We felt like very spoilt guests at your favorite Uncles' home! Thanks a billion!!|
|What a welcoming Place to call home while in Chicago!
Thank you, Thank you!
|Great place! Great Food. Very enjoyable stay in Bucktown. Like staying with relatives kind of...but much better. Thanks!|
|Ray, you run one totally boss crib.
Please have a complimentary Mai-Tai on my behalf.
|Great Location, even better service! Definitely not your parents B&B|
|Wonderful time, thank you so very much for a perfectly relaxing place to stay! Breakfast was amazing|
|Thank you for everything — A wonderful experience! And the girls in the kitchen are Queens!!!
|In a word, magical! Thank you for the warmth and welcome! We will return to you in the future! We will miss the cats, too.
Keep on Surfin !
|We enjoyed our DaVinci Room—Very cozy bed! The cats and hospitality mace us feel very a"at home" Love your collections & Antiques!|
|What a brilliant place to stay and help us really enjoy your fantastic city. Loved the memorable breakfasts.
Having Rocky sleep at the foot of our bed - what a treat and I bet other B&B's don't offer this extra.
Go Bears and good luck in the apple pie contest.
|Hospitality, Uniqueness & location made our visit to Chicago very special.
We will return.
Eggs Benedicts were more delicious than the Four Seasons in Philadelphia.
Stay as unique as your are.
|;||Thanks for a great week. ---------- staff recommend you highly for students coming to them for yoga workshops - I'm glad I took their advise! It's been like visiting old friends (or family you actually like and can actually cook.)
Thanks for a wonderful stay and good Karma to y'all
|Thanks for the wonderful hospitality!
Breakfast was AMAZING! nom, nom nom
|thanks so much!|
*Great experience with kids
|We love everything about this place - especially Rocky and Psycho - cat Maggy, the soap, the steam bath, etc. and that we felt at home here. We'll miss the breakfast so much!|
|;||Thank you for good conversation, suggestions , an excellent group of talented and lovely people that made our visit memorable. I'm going to attempt the REDS at home - Amazing food! We'll be back to stay again.|