Set in a historic 1920s hotel overlooking Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan, the new Hotel Lincoln (opened March 2012) captures the very essence of Chicago and, in particular, the surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kitschy cool decor teems with fun hometown references, like vintage Midwestern furnishings and art created by Chicagoans. Rooms are comfortable, fun, and filled with an eclectic assortment of throw pillows and unusual knick-knacks. Just off the lobby, Elaine's Coffee Call (named after a phone operator at the original Hotel Lincoln) has quickly become one of the neighborhood's most popular stops, with expert espresso drinks and delicious nibbles. On the roof, the J. Parker restaurant and lounge features some of the city's best views of the park and lake, with cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Paul Virant, who runs the acclaimed Perennial Virant restaurant downstairs. The hotel makes the most of its leafy, urban neighborhood with bike rentals, rooftop yoga classes in summer, pedicab service to Lake Michigan, and staff-led trail runs.
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