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
When I booked our stay at Hotel Lincoln I was looking for a hotel near the DePaul Lincoln Park campus and this appeared to be the best option. In the Lyft from O’Hare our driver shared with us that we were staying at a great location near Old Town with many good restaurants and Second City. Also walking distance to the John Hancock tower where we could dine or have drinks on the 96th floor. Not to mention, directly across the street from the park.
We arrived late due to flight delays and we were checked in right away. We had a one bedroom suite with a king size bed and a fold out couch and two full baths. The bed was comfortable, the couch not so much (but didn’t really expect it to be). Three of us had plenty of space and privacy between rooms.
The staff was friendly and very helpful, recommending great dining options nearby. I would definitely stay here again.
Hotel was fine. But the "resort fee" which you don't hear about until you check in (where else are you going to go???) is thievery. $40 for water and internet access. They don't even have exercise facilities.
Great location across from Lincoln Park. Close to the lake. Best part was checking out the market across the street (Wednesday and Saturday). We ate breakfast at the market. Kid friendly hotel and location.