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
This is a really unique property with very attentive staff. The room was fine with a view across the park to the lake. The breakfast was good as was the wine served at checkin. I was very pleasantly surprised by the property and thought it was a great choice - until I went to sleep (or tried to go to sleep). The noise carries so easily that it seemed like the walls and floors were made of paper. I had to band on the wall to get the adjacent room to quiet down. Then at 3:00AM it sounded like there was a drunk party outside my door. It was not a good experience. When I checked out they said I should've called and they would have gone to the room to quiet them.
I stayed here for 2 nights in a single queen room on the 4th floor while in Chicago for a work team meeting. The best thing about this property was the staff and the conference room. The staff was incredibly friendly & welcoming, and the conference room was well-equipped and great for our 30-person meeting. My hotel room was quite small, however it was just fine for a single traveler. I appreciated the additional shelving in the bathroom, since there was no counter space. The shower water pressure was excellent too. My room was clean, and, as another reviewer mentioned, the decor is somewhat "quirky" and cute. The room was lacking in a couple areas, however. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. The pillows were lumpy and it was difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. The walls were also paper thin--thankfully my neighbors went to bed early, because talking and TV noise is easily heard from adjacent rooms. Finally, the air conditioning unit was ANCIENT. The options were 'high heat,' 'low heat,' 'low cool,' 'high cool' with no option to select a certain temperature. I know this isn't the case in all rooms (as my co-workers shared that some of their rooms contained thermostats), which makes it even more disappointing. I hope the hotel management decides to invest in updating the air/heating units so that all rooms have thermostats. These things aside, the hotel is located in a great, walkable area. The value paid for what you get is excellent! I would give this hotel another shot, but definitely in a different room next time.
Overall, my stay at the Hotel Lincoln was decent. It’s really all about location- the hotel is close to the Lincoln Park Zoo (great zoo that is free), Second City Theaters, and many great restaurants. The hallways to get to my room were run down and sketchy looking, but the room itself was clean and cute with a vintage vibe. It was small but I wasn’t in it that much really. Hands down the biggest obstacle at this hotel is the parking. I lucked out and found a free spot by the zoo where I could park overnight.