Hotel Lincoln

When most people think of a visit to Chicago, they probably revert to one of the many historic or contemporary hotels in and around the Loop. That's not surprising, but seasoned travelers or even just the selective stay-cationer may wish to ramble on over to the Hotel Lincoln located right in the heart of gracious Lincoln Park. 

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The Hotel Lincoln is one of the city's latest nods to the boutique hotel trend that has seen several dozen older hotels born anew as new wine is poured into old bottles, if you will. A casual glance through the lobby reveals a lovely front desk crafted out of repurposed drawers, complete with their original handles. And lone behold, several of the drawers contain doggie treats (yes, pets are welcome for a modest fee) and other curious delights. 

Hotel Lincoln 

After checking in, you'd do well to check out Elaine's, which happens to be the coffee shop on premises. Beyond the usual mix of quality sandwiches and quick bites, the iced coffee is excellent. If you're visiting during the warmer months, it's the perfect place to stop by before crossing the street to the Green City Market

Hotel Lincoln

Up to your room now, where you'll enjoy learning that no two rooms are exactly the same. After all, it's a historic hotel, and this is part of the charm of the entire place. Nods to local culture and traditions abound, and each room provides a mini-Chicago history lesson, complete with black & white images of the Columbian Exposition, Blues Fest, and wistful glances back at Lincoln Park as it was in the 1920s.

Those folks interested in modern conveniences will enjoy learning that the WiFi signal is strong (and complimentary) and each room has a iPod and iPad docking stations. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary bike rentals if they choose to make a quick pilgrimage to Navy Pier or a trip up to the more tranquil climes of Montrose Beach

J Parker 

As the sun sets, visitors should make a short elevator trip up, up and away to the J. Parker, which is their rooftop bar, lounge, and good-get-together place. It's open from May to October and visitors can grab a glass of wine and check out the views as they just sit back and relax. If you're looking for a bite, you can also peruse their food menu as well. It's a bit more downtempo than other rooftop establishments, though it still has that frisson that comes with such surroundings. 

There's plenty more to do at the hotel and foodies will want to make a reservation at Perennial Virant, which happens to be the brainchild of noted chef Paul Virant. Of course, other local cultural hubs include the Chicago History Museum and the frenetic brilliance of Second City. Both are but a short walk away, so enjoy, relax and take in the wonders of Lincoln Park at your leisure.