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Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4.0

Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

  • Conveniently located next to Lincoln Park and near DePaul University 
  • Fun hotel with an eclectic boutique vibe
  • Stylish rooms with playful decor, coffeemakers, safes, and free Wi-Fi
  • Rooftop bar/terrace with panoramic views
  • Coffee shop with barista-crafted drinks and breakfast items
  • Fitness center with several cardio machines that’s open 24/7
  • Event space for weddings and corporate meetings
  • Valet parking and concierge services
  • Pets are welcome with a surcharge 

Cons

  • Rooms are a bit small, with no minibars or mini-fridges
  • Breakfast is not included in room rates
  • Cramped fitness center with little room between equipment
  • Somewhat removed from downtown

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel is a hip and stylish property with a boutique feel despite having almost 200 rooms. It borders lovely Lincoln Park north of downtown Chicago, within a short drive to DePaul University, though it's somewhat removed from downtown. The hotel’s popular rooftop bar and street-level coffee bar both serve breakfast, but neither is free. Other features include valet parking, concierge service, and a cramped fitness center (open 24 hours). The modern guest rooms are high on style but low on space. Another good alternative to consider is the upscale Silversmith Hotel, which is in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, with spacious rooms, similar rates, and comparable amenities.

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Scene

A hip hotel with an eclectic boutique vibe and festive lobby

Despite its looming size, taking up a full street corner, the hip Hotel Lincoln has a playful boutique vibe. The cozy lobby is an amusing collage of vibrant colors, vintage Americana art, and kitschy curios. The front desk, made of recycled dresser drawers in mismatched woods, sets the tone for a look best described as flea-market chic. A relaxed yet fun and festive energy here attracts young professionals and visitors to nearby DePaul University. The hotel's rooftop bar and outdoor terrace draws big crowds in warm weather. With a street side patio and an array of fresh-brewed drinks, Elaine’s coffee bar brings java lovers from the neighborhood into the hotel. 

Location

Bordering Lincoln Park north of downtown Chicago

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The hotel borders the expansive green space in Lincoln Park, between Wrigley Field and downtown Chicago. It’s just a one-minute walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a lovely 13-minute stroll through the park to North Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan. The Chicago History Museum is a six-minute walk, and the famed Second City comedy club is eight minutes on foot. A few restaurants are nearby, but the area doesn’t offer the dining and nightlife choices that’s available inside the Loop. DePaul University is an eight-minute drive or 16 minutes via metro, and Museum Campus is 10 minutes driving or about 35 minutes via metro. Drive times to Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport are approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day. Reaching the airport by public transit takes about one hour.

Rooms

Small rooms with a stylish jumble of decor plus coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi

Much like the hotel’s public spaces, the clean, modern, and stylish guest rooms throw together a captivating mix of colors, patterns, and textures that work on the whole. Patchwork carpeting resembles quilting squares, and the wallpaper mimics blonde wood paneling. Alligator leather trunks serve as nightstands, and distinctive artwork includes vintage photos of the Chicago World’s Fair. While room sizes can vary somewhat, the L-shaped Standard Queen we saw was on the small side, but it was configured in a way that made it feel comfortable. It included an armchair and a corner desk. The bathroom also suffered from an odd layout and jutting angles, but it was amply sized, with a frosted glass door, granite vanity, and nice tan tiling framing the shower/tub combo. 

Standard amenities in all rooms include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, safes, and coffeemakers. Free Wi-Fi is offered as well. Room options include Kings, Double Doubles, and suites with sleeper sofas. Some of the suites also have two full bathrooms. Lake Michigan or Lincoln Park can be seen from some rooms, while other rooms offer views of neighboring streets and buildings. 

Features

Rooftop bar, coffee shop, fitness center, valet parking, and free Wi-Fi

One of the star features of this stylish hotel is its popular J. Parker rooftop lounge. It has an indoor bar and a large outdoor terrace with comfy sofas, nice landscaping, and sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. It serves breakfast daily (for a fee) and is available for private events like wedding receptions for up to 120 people. The Clark Room above the lobby can also accommodate events for up to 100 people. For light bites and pick-me-up drinks, Elaine’s coffee shop just off the lobby serves breakfast goodies as well as barista-crafted drinks. Outdoor seating can be found here, too. The hotel has a full-service restaurant, but it was closed for re-branding when we visited. Room service is available as well. 

The hotel's fitness center is open 24/7 and has several Precor cardio machines and free weights. However, the space is cramped, with little room to move around between the machines. The business center is also on the small side, just a few computers and a printer, though it's adequate and open 24 hours. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, too. Concierge services include valet dry cleaning and laundry. Valet parking is the only on-site option but as is the norm in central Chicago, it’s quite expensive. Lower rates are available in a public lot about one block away. Pets are welcome with an additional fee.

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1816 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60614-6043, United States

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