Best Hotels for the 2012 Holidays

It seems like everyone you know is descending upon Chicago this year—and they all need a place to stay. Here are ten recommendations.

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Hotel Lincoln

FOR: Relatives on a budget

WHERE: Hotel Lincoln (1816 N. Clark St., 312-254-4700, hotellincolnchicago.com) From $139.

Hotel Lincoln amenities

THE GIST: It’s been nine months since this kitschy-cool, family-friendly hotel with something for everyone opened across the street from Lincoln Park. Locavores have fallen hard for its farm-to-table restaurant, Perennial Virant, while history buffs tout the local curiosities and art riffing on Chicago’s past. (Case in point: The J. Parker, the hotel’s rooftop lounge, is named for the officer who vacated his post outside Abraham Lincoln’s theatre box for the tavern the night the president was assassinated.) Kids will love the proximity to Lincoln Park Zoo, as well as J. Parker’s fresh fruit mocktails. Three colorful family suites (from $189) are equipped with bunk beds and extras like Lincoln Logs and an Xbox. Complimentary bicycles come with safari-style helmets.

KEY TO SYMBOLS
good value Good value    boutique Boutique (<200 rooms)   Family friendly Family friendly   Great bar scene Great bar scene   Trendy restaurant Trendy restaurant 
Scenery Scenery (views, etc.)   Pool Pool   Spa Spa   Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi  24-hour room service 24-hour room service

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Photograph: Paul Dyer

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