Art Deco Gem in Lincoln Park!
Ian, my son, and I stayed here this past spring (May 2009) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It's a gorgeous art deco building with lovely detailing inside that remind me of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown Cincinnati.
I paid $195/night for a 2-bedroom apartment that included kitchen, living room, more than ample closet and drawer space, iron/ironing board, safe, and hair dryer. Downstairs is a breakfast area for Continental breakfast (including croissants, bagels, and oatmeal) as well as a spa, workout area, and drycleaners (warning: NOT OPEN on Sundays or holidays).
Coffee supplies in the kitchen are well-stocked daily, the shower pressure is fantastic and the water hot (if you need it) and the hotel supplies lovely smelling soap (oatmeal-scented), shower gel, shampoo, shower caps, and even needle & thread if you need it (just inquire at the front desk).
It's less than a $15 cab ride from Union Station to this area of Lincoln Park. I believe we paid less than $9 to get to Joe's Stone Crab downtown.
Our room was on the 15th floor and afforded lovely views over Diversey Harbor.
Unique Quality: Across the street is the fabulous & free Lincoln Park Zoo! We loved it! Please see my Lincoln Park Zoo tip in the Things to Do section.
One of the best budget bistros I've ever dined at is located right in this hotel, Mon Ami Gabi. Ian even avers that his steak here was THE BEST he'd ever eaten (even better than Joe's Stone Crab)!
Lou Malnati's (my favorite deep-dish Chicago pizza) delivers here as does Ranalli's, a long-time Chicago pizza joint that serves a thinner crust pizza.
The #22 (Clark) bus runs along Clark street downtown past Congress Pkwy (near Buckingham Fountain) and north through Lincoln Park, just past Wrigley Field and to the Green Mill (Uptown Poetry Slam). The #151 (Sheridan) bus has a stop at Fullerton & Stockton or at various points along Lincoln Park Zoo.
We loved it so much here, that we decided if we ever won the lottery we'd love to own one of the apartments in this hotel!
Please look at my travelogue for more photos:
Photos: May (Memorial Day Weekend) 2009
Directions: Along Lincoln Park West on the corner of W. Belden Avenue.
Other options for busy travel periods
If you are having a hard time finding a room because of a convention or the Chicago Marathon, here are a few ideas.
Evanston I think this is the best suburban location because of it's location next to Chicago and the access to Chicago's public transporation system (CTA, buses and Metra commuter trains). There are also many fine restaurants in Evanston.
Oak Park the closest suburb to the west, you can take either the el or Metra to get into Chicago
O' Hare airport hotels most of the airport hotels will have shuttles that go back to the airport where you can pick up the blue line CTA to the city, it takes about 45 minutes. O'Hare hotels are cheaper than downtown hotels and excellent rates can usually be found on Priceline or Hotwire
Midway Airport hotels about 30 minutes from the center via the Orange line CTA, check to see if the hotel offers shuttles back to the airport
Lincoln Park Belden Stratford and Windy City Inn are two are the options located in this safe fun neighborhood of Chicago
Vacation rental by owner Private apartments rented out by owner, lists them by neighborhood VRBO
- Lincoln Park Guest House
- Chicago Guest House
- Villa D' Citta
- Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast
- Manilow Suites at One West Superior
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