Bustling downtown Chicago is a must-see for any first-time visitor, but the Hotel Lincoln is the premiere place to rest your head. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and Lincoln Park is the one that will charm you over—Hotel Lincoln will seal the deal. The friendly boutique feel in the midst of the city’s most popular neighborhood is hard to beat.
From the moment you step through Hotel Linconln’s doors, you’re greeted with personality. The whimsical lobby pops with bold colors, classic plaid prints, vintage art, and mid-century modern touches. Drop off your bags in one of their cozy rooms, where charming details like mismatched picture frames and graphic pillows make you feel like you’re staying in a friend’s home, not a hotel.
Once you’re settled, head down to Perennial Virant, a farm-to-table restaurant run by local Michelin-starred chef Paul Virant. Sit down for an early dinner and enjoy fresh, local ingredients in dishes like the CDK beef burger with pickled tomato jam, country fried onions, and smoked cheddar, or try the pan-roasted walleye pike with creamed sweet corn and grilled green tomatoes. Just make sure to save room for a post-dinner sunset drink at the hotel’s rooftop bar, just a quick elevator ride away.
The pièce de résistance of Hotel Lincoln is the J. Parker, the hotel’s rooftop bar. The unobstructed lake view is one of the best in the city, and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline—which has one of America’s tallest buildings in its lineup—are due south. The full bar offers delicious seasonal cocktails like the Take 5: a gin, Earl Grey tea, and lemon concoction—as well as a few bourbon specialties that will peak any whiskey lover’s interest.
Cheers to a great sunset and great company before finding a comfortable spot on one of the front-row couches overlooking the surprisingly turquoise-blue Lake Michigan. You could swear you were staring at the ocean. There’s a great aerial glimpse of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the bustling Lake Front Trail as well. And if it’s a rainy day, don’t worry—the new retractable roof means you can enjoy this drinking destination year ’round, regardless of the weather.