It happened in one sweeping lakefront view from the soon-to-open rooftop lounge. Miles of treetops, parks and rec paths sit just before the hotel, fanning up and down the Lake Michigan shore and around the free Lincoln Park Zoo with its pond and paddleboats.
There’s Fullerton Beach to the north and North Avenue Beach with its bumping beach house to the South, with the giant Chicago skyline and downtown biddness, in the backdrop and just a five-minute cab ride away. West of the hotel, there’s Armitage Avenue and Halstead for boutiques, Steppenwolf Theater and some of city’s best eateries.
Inside, the hotel has taken great care to honor the local community, something that comes as no surprise from Joie de Vivre, the California-strong hotel brand (soon to be dubbed the JDV Collection under the new Commune Hotels brand) behind Hotel Lincoln and famous for its close attention to local color.
We really liked the intimate lobby scene with the posh, locally-sourced Perennial Virant on one end (also set to power the rooftop lounge kitchen), the European-inspired Elaine’s Coffee Call on the other end (named after a former telephone operator at the original Hotel Lincoln), and, in the center, a front desk made of vintage drawers found at Midwestern shops (let your doggy find the treat drawer). And check out that sweeping back wall covered with assorted garage sale finds. (Somehow, creepy clowns just got cool.)
More Lincoln Park comes into play in the rooms decked out in art created by Chicago non-profits, Abe and Mary Todd canvas paintings and dog-shaped piggy banks collecting loose change for P.A.W.S. Chicago animal shelters. Wizard of Oz fans will dig the emerald green accents throughout, a thoughtful homage to the author and former Lincoln Park resident, Lyman Frank Baum.
Rates at Hotel Lincoln are starting at $129-$179 for weekdays and $179-$249 for weekends. Given that sweet lakefront scene, bets are on the hotel will be all the rage (read: booked), especially come summer.