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“Amazing retro wonderland!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 24 Chicago B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Amazing retro wonderland!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Ray's was fantastic. We stayed in one of the Annex rooms, which was great for us as we were staying for sometime and liked having our own space so that we could get a feel for what it would be like to live in Chicago. Ray and his staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. Great location too, only a few minutes walk from some great restaurants and some interesting shopping areas and quirky shops. If we ever return to Chicago we will be sure to stay at Ray's.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

Ray's was a delightful, quirky surprise. Good location, friendly host/owner, comfortable room, and a fabulous breakfast that begins with an "appetizer board" and continues with made-to-order entrees selected from a two-page menu that awaits guests at the expansive kitchen table. I wish we'd had more time to wander the house and study Ray's eclectic collections, beautifully displayed and ranging from colorful ceramics in the kitchen to a humorous array of Pez candy dispensers.

We found street parking just in front of the B&B and took a cab to our dinner destination a few miles away. (No problem with overnight parking if you follow commonsense rules about not leaving items on view in your vehicle.) Before leaving the next morning, we spent an hour walking around the nearby business district, filled with cute shops and restaurants. Will definitely put Ray's on our "must go back" list!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Approaching the outside of Ray's was a bit off-putting--not a cutesy bungalow look--but after we were very warmly greeted at the door we felt that we could not be more welcome at any other place. Ray and his staff exist to please, just as though we were their most beloved relatives. All of accolades about food, location, parking, quiet, cleanliness, and comfort are well-deserved. We're already eager to return.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

We have stayed here twice on overnight visits to Chicago to see shows. The pricing is fair, location is fun (walkable to Bucktown, nearby shops, close to other neighborhoods). Beds and rooms are comfortable, clean, if on the small side for the budget rooms. Have some fun modern perks like heated floors in the bathrooms, steam room, etc.

Staff is friendly and helpful, breakfasts are delicious. Well worth the value. Also easy street parking, never had a problem. Would go back again. :)

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

I can not tell you enough how amazing this place was. It was literally the best B&B I have ever been too. We travel often and try to support local business by staying in B&B's. You sometimes hit a bump or two in the road with either weird people or just not what you would like...not the case here. The place was clean, warm and inviting. The amazing collections gave you something to look at or you could curl up on the many cozy couches with a good book. If you care coming to Chicago stay here!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast

Property: Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2144 N Leavitt, Chicago, IL 60647
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Wicker Park / Bucktown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Chicago
Price range (per night): $210 - $297
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique B&B in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Ray's welcomes groups and individuals in town for work or play. Modeled after small European hotels and spas, the B&B has eleven bedrooms with private baths, high speed internet (WIFI and in each room as well as community areas including a steam room, sauna, HDTV and a kitchen, and free unrestricted street parking. Breakfast is cooked-to-order when you want it. This is not your parents' bed & breakfast! ... more   less 
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