What We Love
- A historic 1920s building with a thoroughly modern look
- Outdoor rooftop space used for everything from morning yoga to evening drinks
- Menu designed by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Virant’s in the hotel's Perennial Virant
- Free WiFi for loyalty club members (free to join)
- Lovely views of the park, Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago
What To Know
- Impatient travelers take note: The elevators tend to be on the slow side
- The petite fitness center has all the basics, or staff can set you up at the swank Equinox for a fee
- The restaurant is such a local hit that reservations are highly recommended
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The historic 1920s building, which has played host to everyone from Al Capone to David Mamet, got a full makeover in 2012. The result is a fitting reflection of the neighborhood. Mismatched vintage drawers stack up to make a funky check-in desk, and cozy lounge chairs are upholstered in a patchwork of leather, floral and plaid. You’ll also find artwork by Chicagoans, both famous and undiscovered. The playful guest rooms also mix and match styles with chevron carpets, side tables reminiscent of vintage trunks, and industrial chairs upholstered in typographic fabrics. Art takes center stage, from headboards made from portraits to painterly pillows and a metallic balloon animal piggy bank (courtesy Jeff Koons), which guests can use to donate money to chartiable causes. Sixty percent of the rooms overlook Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. Bathrooms are on the small side but include Lather Modern Apothecary products. Meanwhile, downstairs, Michelin-starred Paul Virant’s Perennial Virant draws a loyal following of locals with hearty seasonal fare, such as sweet pea ravioli with coriander, and duck schnitzel. In the summer months, the outdoor area fills up with brunchers sipping cocktails including the Wink and a Nod (whiskey, raspberry/rose petal syrup, grapefruit and egg white). The spacious rooftop does double duty as a yoga spot in the morning and a bar in the evening.
In the Area
Directly across the street is Lincoln Park, where visitors can head to the zoo (free admission), the conservatory and the Chicago History Museum. Less than a five-minute walk from the hotel is the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. You’re also a short walk from Wells Street, where you can shop for one-of-a-kind pieces in the boutique such as Adelaide. Better yet, have the concierge arrange a bike rental and put the pedals to the metal to explore this nabe’s best. You’ll look just like a local in no time.
How to Get There
I'm a Lifetime Diamond (Globalist) Hyatt Gold Passport member. I've stayed at over 100 different Hyatt properties (including some in third world countries) where the rooms, elevators, hallways, everything actually where cleaner and more updated. It was like staying in a roadside motel in BFE, IL that charges by the hour. I've never stayed in a more disgusting Hyatt than this one.
The staff were friendly and attentive, but not so much to overcome the state of the property itself.
I really can't say enough great things about this hotel! I've stayed (& reviewed) this place before, but this stay was longer. This time, I had the opportunity to host a large family gathering at The Kennison restaurant...it was a fabulous experience! Christina, the events coordinator was super, as was Melanie our server & Kevin our bartender. I doubt I've ever enjoyed a family dinner as much as this one! As always, the Hotel Lincoln is a real treat. Location is fantastic, services are world class, & the J Parker roof top bar is hard to beat (worth a visit even if you aren't staying here). Also, a big thanks to Armondo, the best "first face" any business could hope to have. Highly recommend!
Lincoln hotel is situated near the Lincoln Park. While walking the this green park, you'll never loose the hotel, as the giant portrait of Lincoln is depicted at its wall. Breakfast is not included, but there is a nice small cafe Ellain's adjusent to the hotel. Rooms are clean, bed is perfect. No fridge.