Top Reasons to Stay at the Four-Star Hotel Lincoln
- Situated 2 miles north of the Loop, the 1920s-era Hotel Lincoln overlooks the famed Lincoln Park and its namesake zoo. Lake Michigan is just a couple of blocks away, too.
- Its boutique-style guest rooms were recently refurbished with eclectic, chic accoutrements, including original art from local artists, flat-screen TVs, and WiFi.
- The hotel has a colorful history. It once housed a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and previous guests range from Al Capone to playwright David Mamet.
- Named 1 of the Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Chicago by Chicago magazine, The J. Parker affords 360-degree views of the city from the hotel’s 13th floor. When the weather is warm, enjoy signature cocktails on the outdoor patio.
- Chef Paul Virant, recipient of a Michelin star, helms the farm-to-table onsite restaurant, Perennial Virant. Current entrees include pan-roasted walleye pike and crispy-skin baby barramundi.
- Hotel Lincoln is just a short "L" ride away from Wrigley Field, The Second City, and other iconic Chicago attractions.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park: Historic Upscale Neighborhood Along Lake Michigan
A fashionable enclave 2 miles north of the Loop, Lincoln Park is known for its historic brownstones, quaint boutiques and cafés, and tree-lined boulevards. The neighborhood is perhaps most famous for its namesake park, which sprawls across 1,200 acres adjacent to Lake Michigan. Here, joggers and bicyclists frequent the paved pathway that runs parallel to the shoreline. When it’s warm, North Avenue Beach attracts a flurry of activity from swimmers, sunbathers, and beach-volleyball players.
Another must-see attraction is the Lincoln Park Zoo. It dates back to the 1870s, when park commissioners bought their first animal inhabitant, a bear cub, for $10. Today, the zoo—open daily and free to the public—houses more than 1,200 animals, including gorillas, bears, giraffes, tortoises, and pythons. Just outside the zoo’s entrance, the Lincoln Park Conservatory showcases tropical palms, ferns, and orchids. Formal outdoor gardens bloom brilliantly each spring.
Just around the corner, the Chicago History Museum has thousands of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs that detail the city’s colorful history. Check out the Lincoln’s Chicago exhibit, which profiles the 16th president’s frequent visits to the Windy City. Vivian Maier’s Chicago shows a grittier side of local urban life in the ‘60s and ‘70s.