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The Willows Hotel 2.5

Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois

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  • No on-site restaurant
  • No business center
  • No pool or spa
  • Far from downtown Chicago
  • Small rooms

Bottom Line

The 55-room Willows Hotel is a solid value pick in a historic building on the northern edge of Lincoln Park. It's far from Chicago's main tourist sites, but there are plenty of restaurants, shops and bars half a block from the hotel. The property lacks features like a restaurant, business center, or on-site fitness center, but offers guests some nice freebies, including coffee and tea, continental breakfast, access to a local gym, and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are tiny (especially the 121-square-foot Small Queen Room), but they all come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and minibars.

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Located on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, close to restaurants and bars, but far from the tourist sites

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Willows is located on a residential street half a block from West Broadway, a dining, shopping and entertainment hot spot. Boystown, with its thriving nightlife and shopping scenes, is a short stroll away. But the hotel is not within walking distance of any of Chicago’s tourist attractions, and the closest subway stop is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

  • 15-minute walk to Boystown neighborhood
  • 5-minute drive or 16-minute bus ride to the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 6-minute drive to Wrigley Field
  • 8-minute drive or 21-minute bus ride to John Hancock Observatory
  • 9-minute drive or 22-minute bus ride to Water Tower Place
  • 9-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to the Old Town
  • 10-minute drive or 26-minute bus ride to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 11-minute drive or 35-minute bus ride to Navy Pier
  • 12-minute drive or 27-minute subway ride to the Theatre District
  • 12-minute drive or 32-minute subway ride to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 12-minute drive or 31-minute subway ride to Millennium Park
  • 14-minute drive or 26-minute subway ride to The Loop
  • 14-minute drive or 30-minute subway ride to the Chicago City Hall
  • 25-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport


42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but most rooms feel somewhat cramped

Standard Queen Room

Room decor is inspired by 19th-century France, and the overall effect is comfortable enough, but basic, and the carpets and fabrics could look a bit fresher. Small Queen and Standard Queen rooms are downright tiny, so it's worth upgrading.


No business center, restaurant, or pool, but solid freebies

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby
  • Free afternoon cookies daily
  • Free passes to nearby Bally’s Total Fitness Club
  • Self-parking a block away charged daily, with in-and-out privileges
  • Elevator
  • Lobby with 19th-century French-inspired decor, a fireplace and sitting area

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555 West Surf Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657-6020, United States

Room Types

  • Deluxe Double Queen
  • Executive King
  • King Junior Suite
  • Small Queen
  • Standard Queen

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