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Sneak Peek at The Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, Opening on March 9

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  Site Where: 1816 N Clark Street [map], Chicago , IL, United States, 60614
January 30, 2012 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

With his hard hat on and patent leather sneakers, our Chicago man about town, Jared Hatch, headed over to forthcoming Hotel Lincoln last week to see what Joie de Vivre has in store for their second boutique property outside of California.

The Hotel Lincoln, situated toward the south end of Lincoln Park, is still pretty raw for an overnighter but Joie de Vivre has assured us it'll be ready and pretty (all 184 rooms) for a March 9th opening. This includes three family suites with bunk beds, lobby with details like a community events cork board and one hell-of-a tricked out rooftop.

It's been inching on completion since last summer when Joie de Vivre decided to take over the previous tenant's construction efforts which just weren't grand enough. Since this happened all the furniture has been altered or upcycled, they've bought original artwork from Marwen, and added an express elevator up to the rooftop.

On the roof, there will be a kitchen that services 55-75 in an enclosed rooftop space and 175 in open air rooftop space. There will be a 7-foot glass wall shielding rooftop diners from the swift wind coming off the lake and Lincoln Park. Up here, Chef Virant who heads the sceney brunch & fancy dinner spot, Perennial Virant downstairs, will soon operate an in-house salumerie.

The Perennial Virant connection doesn't stop there - Chef Virant is also operating a Colombe Coffee stand with baked pastries called Elaine's Coffee Call, named after a funny David Mamet story. Fingers crossed, Elaine's Coffee Call will eventually serve fresh doughnuts.

Additionally, The Hotel Lincoln will have tear sheets with daily burger, chicken and vegetarian options from Virant. If guests aren't tickled with those room service options, they can order pretty much anything they want off the Perennial Virant menu and have it brought to their door.

The rooms feature ties to the local community with artwork from children's after-school programs. Jeff-Koons' metallic balloon dog piggy banks are displayed so guests can donate to charitable causes, dog treats upon request and Damana body products in the bathrooms. Sixty percent of the rooms have a lake view, which also is a park view and most of the other rooms look Northwest on Lincoln Avenue or South on Wells to Old Town. Because the building is a ripe old 1928 vintage with a weird footprint, lots of the rooms boast two walls of windows.

Opening week in March will feature room rates around $109 - $129 when they run an 18.16 percent discount promo (the hotel's address), after that they'll level out at around $300. Pluuussss... for fancy Chicagoans who "like" the Hotel on Facebook, Joie de Vivre is picking one lucky fan to receive a pair of tickets for the opening bash in June and an overnight stay.

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