Hotel at a Glance: The Willows Chicago
Lakeview is one of Chicago's older neighborhoods, situated just north of Lincoln Park—five miles from the Loop. It's home to The Willows Chicago, a charming boutique hotel with French country-style decor and a slew of amenities. You'll be just a few blocks west of Lake Michigan on a quiet tree-lined street.
- Complimentary breakfast is just the beginning of your day; courtesy of the hotel, you can enjoy cookies each afternoon, 24-hour coffee and tea service, and a bottle of wine (included with this deal).
- In-room amenities: Flat-screen TV, bathrobe, and minibar
- Squeeze a workout in with complimentary health club passes at the nearby Fitness 19
Chicago's Lakeview: Upscale, Trendy Neighborhood along Lake Michigan
Lakeview is situated about five miles north of the Loop. It's a bustling neighborhood along Lake Michigan, bisected by major thoroughfares such as Clark and Broadway, which are lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. It's worth it to swing by nearby Wrigley Field even when the Cubbies aren't playing to take a historic tour of the ballpark, the second-oldest in the Majors. You'll see the ivy-covered walls in the outfield, take a seat in the dugout, and survey the Friendly Confines from the press box.
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, and Vivian Maier's Chicago, a gallery by a nanny-turned-photographer that portrays life in Chicago in the '60s and '70s.
You can stretch your legs at the nearby Lincoln Park, which sprawls across 1,200 acres adjacent to Lake Michigan. Here, joggers and bicyclists use the paved pathway that runs parallel to the shoreline. Another must-see attraction: 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.