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FOR: Relatives on a budget
WHERE: Hotel Lincoln (1816 N. Clark St., 312-254-4700, hotellincolnchicago.com) From $139.
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 Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Paul Dyer