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Hotel Lincoln, A Joie de Vivre Hotel

1816 North Clark | Chicago, IL 60614  [SEE MAP]Chicago, IL  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Unique location near the popular Lincoln Park
Rooftop bar gets crowded in the evenings and on weekends
Nestled along the southwestern edge of Chicago's Lincoln Park, this Joie de Vivre hotel serves as a convenient home base for visitors to the Windy City looking for just a touch of peace and quiet. Recent guests say the Hotel Lincoln's well-equipped rooms offer a restful night's sleep. Rooms represent what the hotel calls "classic urban Midwest charm of Chicago," featuring in-room amenities like HD TVs, iHome docking stations, coffee makers and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Meanwhile, on-site perks include a fitness center and complimentary seasonal bike rentals. Recent visitors commend the Hotel Lincoln's employees as some of the most personable and helpful they've encountered. Plus the property is home to two restaurants that earn a thumbs-up from guests and locals alike. Perennial Virant dishes out expertly crafted farm-to-table cuisine, while The J. Parker (on the hotel's rooftop) provides panoramic park and lake views along with a smattering of cocktails and lighter bites.
Chicago, IL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 184 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Lake



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



Directly across from Lincoln Park, this historic property has a fresh, cool, kitschy vibe but feels authentic thanks to details like the original Hotel Lincoln sign in the lobby.

Fodor's Choice



Although it has 184 rooms, the hotel manages to feel intimate, with its warm attention to homespun decor — the front desk is an assemblage of drawer fronts, for example.

Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2622 have reviewed the Hotel Lincoln, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2622 reviews 4.5 (based on 2622 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Stripes and plaids give the guest rooms a preppy vibe with decor that combines original local art with modern and vintage furnishings. Many rooms offer views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan, and all rooms feature flat-screen HD TVs, iHome docking stations, coffee makers, work desks and safes.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Standard room size275 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Hotel Lincoln is located in a residential neighborhood north of the Old Town and west of Lake Michigan on the southwest edge of Lincoln Park. The park is home to biking and jogging trails, gardens, lakefront beaches and the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, both free to the public. While the neighborhood is quiet and there are still restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area, you’ll need to take a bus to get to the Loop, Millennium Park and The Magnificent Mile.
  • Complimentary pedicab and bike rentals
  • Walking distance to Second City
  • 12 miles northeast of Midway International Airport
  • 18 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($49)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($30)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Hotel Lincoln features the farm-to-table cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Paul Virant at Perennial Virant, which serves seasonal dishes. Elaine’s Coffee Call offers a selection of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee and juice for a quick morning meal. And for spectacular views of the city and lake, venture up to the property's J. Parker Rooftop Bar. (Keep in mind, though, that the J. Parker does not accept reservations for smaller parties and fills up fast after 5 p.m. and on weekends, so be sure to arrive early.)
  • Room service 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to to 11 p.m.
  • Several restaurants within walking distance

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Hotel Lincoln does not offer any children's activities or amenities beyond standard items like cribs and high chairs, but its location at the edge of Lincoln Park makes it a good choice for families. The Lincoln Park Zoo, a free attraction, is within walking distance and the park offers spacious grounds for walking, biking and playing.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The fitness center at the Hotel Lincoln is fairly small and offers a few cardiovascular machines, including a treadmill and an elliptical trainer, but does not have any weight machines.
    • Free weights
    • 24-hour access
    • Lake Front Trail at Lincoln Park for biking and jogging within walking distance
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    While the Hotel Lincoln only has two indoor meeting and event spaces, the hotel has one of the most unique outdoor venues in Chicago: the J. Parker Rooftop Bar can accommodate up to 120 guests and offers sweeping views of the city and Lake Michigan. The Clark Room offers views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan and can accommodate up to 100 guests, while the Grant Suite, with a capacity of 25, is more suitable for a small, boardroom-style meeting.
    • 24-hour business center on second floor

    Number of meeting rooms2

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    The Hotel Lincoln offers a Bark in the Park package that includes doggie turndown service, dog beds and bows and a doggie amenity kit at check-in. The package is $149 and includes a $35 cleaning fee.
    • No weight limit
    • Nearby Lincoln Park for dog walks
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting


    The Hotel Lincoln only has 1,300 square feet of indoor space for weddings, but in warm weather, the J. Parker Rooftop is a unique space for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
    • Catering by Michelin-starred chef Paul Virant
    • The Clark Room can accommodate 100 guests for reception

    Maximum wedding guest capacity120

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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