With its many fashion boutiques and coffee shops, not to mention the charming old Polish Cathedrals, Lincoln Park is an upscale, cosmopolitan part of Chicago that's a delight to wander. The Chicago History Museum showcases vintage Americana, and then of course there's the park itself. Facing Lake Michigan, it offers beaches, wildlife trails and Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can see gorillas and polar bears free of charge.
A quaint suburb embodying the traditional charm of old-time America, Lombard is a far cry from the urban sprawl of the inner-city Chicago. It's known for its annual Lilac Festival and parade, and for the "Little Orphan Annie" house, where the red-headed character was dreamt up by Harold Gray. The nearby village of Oak Brook is even more idyllic, and known for its golf courses and polo club.
Forming part of the always bustling Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile is THE place to shop in Chicago. Swanky boutiques, upmarket department stores, and smart restaurants make it a must-visit, and landmarks to look out for include the epic Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower, one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The nearby River North district is famed for its many art galleries.
Home to the Civic Opera House, the Goodman Theater, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where American masterpieces can be found alongside Old Masters, the Loop is worth visiting just for the streets alone. Look up at some of the USA's most celebrated skyscrapers and the elevated trains hurtling along the "L", and then there's Grant Park – a gorgeously landscaped expanse with the huge Buckingham Fountain at its center.
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"The best spot in the heart of Lincoln Park."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 7, 2013
This is a fantastic place to stay!! Ive stayed here twice in the last few months and it'll forever be my spot. The rooms are kept clean, the staff are more than helpful and friendly, an it's located right where you wanna be. Don't waste your time reading other reviews, its a great hotel and you'll enjoy yourself I recommend this spot for sure!!!
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 25, 2012
We stay at the Best Western Grant Park every December when we attend the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. We are always satisfied with the hotel and staff ----- the hotel is close to everything downtown and has easy access to the CTA (bus and trains) ------- we buy the 7day pass and use the hotel as our home base. We will return again.
"Close to Chinese Restaurants"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 19, 2012
The feature I like the best is the location. The red line is within walking distance and there are many restaurants in the neighborhood. The most undesirable feature is the absence of elevators. I had to climb the stairs with my heavy luggage. The window pane fell off when I tried to open it (by sliding it upward). A table was put right behind the door. Every time I opened the door, it hit the table. Why didn't they replace the large table with a smaller one? All these issues are relatively minor compared to the convenience of the location. I will stay in this hotel again.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 10, 2012
I was a little worried based on previous reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised. This is not a luxury hotel by any means, but it has all the basics. Right from the moment we walked into the lobby, the staff blew us away with their service. The front desk staff, Dominique and Nyera (sp?) were especially great-we had never been to Chicago before-they told us where to eat and what to see. They even let us check in early to avoid carrying around our luggage. Our room had no frills, but it was clean and the a/c worked-it's all we really cared about. Upon checkout, they let us keep our luggage locked up in the front lobby so we didn't have to carry it with us before the train. We will definitely be staying in this hotel on our next visit to Chicago.
"Cheap and cheerful."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 12, 2012
Although the decor was dated dated I would 100% reccomend this hotel. The staff were polite and efficient. The room was very clean. I would stay here again. The only concern for others would be the loud hum from the heater/ac. It was white noise for us but might prevent others from sleeping.