After 25 years Two Urns B&B closes

The House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast was Chicago’s premier B&B in Wicker Park for 25 years, closing  in December 2016. We loved innkeeping and all the wonderful guests and friendships we made along the way while sharing our historic 1912 brownstone, but ironically politicians in Chicago and Cook County conspired against locally-owned, licensed Bed & Breakfasts:

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s  lenient Airbnb ordinance allows over six thousand properties to compete against 15 licensed B&Bs.
  • Joe Berrios, Cook County Property Tax Assessor, under the banner of “fairness”, dramatically hiked property taxes  on only those B&Bs with a city license, clearly stating they have no intent to do the same to Airbnb properties and publicly stating that they did not care if this change would force innkeepers to close.