Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Lincoln
If the Hotel Lincoln’s walls could talk, they might have interesting stories to tell. This fully refurbished, 1920s-era hotel once housed a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and previous guests have ranged from Al Capone to playwright David Mamet. Today, the four-star Hotel Lincoln has a luxe-preppy style; it features a chic restaurant and one of the city’s best rooftop bars. Situated 2 miles north of the Loop, the hotel overlooks Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and its namesake zoo, with Lake Michigan just a couple of blocks away.
- Recently remodeled guest rooms feature original artwork, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary WiFi.
- Award-winning bar: The J. Parker—named 1 of the Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Chicago by Chicago magazine and Chicagoist.com—affords 360-degree views from the hotel’s 13th floor. During the winter, indulge with a signature cocktail while enjoying the views in the newly unveiled glass-enclosed retractable roof covering the outdoor patio, as though you were sitting in a snow globe.
- Michelin-starred chef Paul Virant helms the onsite farm-to-table restaurant, Perennial Virant.
- Start the day with a workout in the 24-hour fitness center or coffee in the in-house café.
- Close to Chicago attractions: Hotel Lincoln is just a short “L” or bus ride from Wrigley Field, The Second City, and other iconic 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. This Chicago 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, which 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 exotic, tropical plants year-round.
Just around the corner, the Chicago History Museum houses thousands of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs that detail the city’s colorful history. Check out the rotating lineup of exhibits such as Lincoln’s Chicago, which profiles the 16th president’s frequent visits to the Windy City.