Sprawling more than 1,200 acres along Lake Michigan's shores, Chicago's Lincoln Park has established itself as one of America's greatest green playgrounds. The park houses the Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, North Avenue Beach and Lincoln Park Observatory, as well as plenty of shaded walkways and open meadows, all near downtown Chicago. The park's adjoining neighborhood, which goes by the same name, provides a collection of hotels and guest houses suited for enjoying all the area has to offer.
Days Inn Chicago
Located in central Lincoln Park, blocks from Lake Michigan, Days Inn Chicago in a boutique property that bills itself as an "alternative to the expensive downtown hotels." From the contemporary lobby to the amenity-laden accommodations, Days Inn provides comfortable digs convenient to many Chicago attractions. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, access to Bally's Total Fitness and weekday newspaper delivery. Also available are valet parking, meeting space and laundry service.
The Willows Hotel Chicago
Housed in a historic landmark building, Willows Hotel is a five-minute stroll to Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan's majestic shoreline. The hotel recreates the ambiance of an old-world inn with French-inspired furniture, classic paintings and sumptuous linens. Rooms, while traditional, provide all the mod-cons like flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, minibars and work desks. Each evening the hotel's staff hosts a social gathering with complimentary beverages and snacks.
China Doll Guest House
The China Doll Guest House is a hybrid hotel/vacation rental/bed and breakfast. A collection of eight apartments perfect for family vacations or an intimate couples retreat are located in central Lincoln Park. The apartments, split among four buildings, provide one or two bedrooms, dining room, living area and office outfitted with personal computer, printer, scanner and Internet. The apartments provide balconies, flat-screen televisions, laundry facilities and linens, and most have marble baths. China Doll keeps a private boat for tours on Lake Michigan.
Villa D' Citta
Behind a mask of humble gray stone is a world resplendent in dark wood trim and Italian furnishings. Taste the fully stocked kitchen available to guest at all hours, indulge in the afternoon sun on the rooftop patio and unwind in the stone grotto at Villa D' Citta. The luxury bed and breakfast, blocks from Lincoln Park Zoo, provides an intimate escape near the area's trendy restaurants and nightlife. Rooms, all with Italian-inspired names, come standard with flat-screen televisions and down linens, while select suites offer terraces, wet bars and marble baths. Villa D' Citta has a 24-concierge that can arrange transportation, tickets and reservations.
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