The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the nation's best -- it is a large and free zoo in the center of the city and adjacent to the lovely Lincoln Park Conservatory, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The sandy beaches of Fullerton Parkway and North Avenue are just beyond. Café Brauer overlooks the Lincoln Park Zoo Pond which features morning birdwalks and paddle boats for rent. Kayaking, boating and bicycling (bikes for rent) are available on the lakefront.
The Armitage / Halsted shopping district is hugely popular with scores of designer boutiques as well as national brands such as Benetton. The theatre district is within walking distance -- the Steppenwolf Theatre being the most nationally prominent of the many in the area. Restaurants from five star to casual breakfast cafes line the streets, many of which feature al fresco dining during the warmer months.
Self-serve coffee station
Soft drinks and bottled water
In-room mini refrigerator, ice
Clock radio with iPod docking station
Writing desk and books for your reading pleasure
Iron and ironing board
32" flat-screen LCD television and DVD player
We are a smoke-free zone
Note to guests with allergies: we have no cats in residence
Check-in is between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please contact us ahead of your stay to confirm your estimated time of arrival. We are happy to accommodate later or even very late check-in times, depending on your travel itinerary requirements. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
DINING: Charlie Trotter’s, Café Bernard, Sai Café, Tilli’s Restaurant, Nan’s Sushi, John’s Place, Café Ba Ba Reeba, Pasta Palazzo, Red Rooster, Karyns Raw Vegan Gourmet
CASUAL DINING: Athenian Room, Sweet Mandy B’s, Potbelly’s, Glasgotts Saloon, Kincades Bar & Grill, Toast, McGee’s Tavern, State Restaurant, Argo Tea, Starbucks Coffee, Noodles in the Pot, John Barleycorn’s Memorial Pub, Bacino’s Pizzeria, The Bourgeois Pig* (Recommended by Rachael Ray), Minnies, Dairy Queen
LIVE MUSIC: Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S., Lilly’s Bar, Ambrosia Café, Wise Fools Pub
PARKS AND RECREATION: Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and OX PARK, featuring Dorothy & Toto, the Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow; tennis courts, baseball field, jogging track, child play-lot and semi-formal English gardens
LIVE THEATRE: Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Apollo Theatre, Royal George Theatre Center, Theatre on the Lake (summers only)
FITNESS: Webster Fitness Club, Harmony Mind Body Fitness, Veria Wellness Center
SALON SPAS: bluemercury, Karyn’s Inner Beauty Center, Spacio, Michael Anthony Spa & Salon, Lincoln Park Massage, Blueberry Moon, Hair Cuttery, Veria Wellness Center
MORE: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Seven Ten Lounge, Citizen Canine b&b for Dogs, FedEx Kinkos, White Elephant Resale Shop, Quiltology
BEYOND THE NEIGHBORHOOD: easily accessible via taxi or CTA (Chicago Transit Authority's subway, elevated trains, and bus lines):
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Latvian Cultural Center
DuSable Museum of African American History
Equinox Lincoln Park Fitness Club
Garfield Park Conservatory
Gene Siskel Film Center
McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The Museum of Contemporary Art
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
Polish Museum of America
Second City and Second City E.T.C.
Spertus Museum and Institute of Jewish Studies
Ukrainian National Museum Chicago
Chicago Center for Green Technology: Resource Library and Classes
TRANSPORTATION: The house is easily accessible from airports and expressways. A CTA train station servicing the Red, Purple and Brown line trains is two blocks from the Guest House. The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Loop are minutes away by these el and subway lines which can transport you from Wrigley Field to the White Sox in a single ride. Three bus lines stop within one block of the House: the Lincoln 11, Halsted 08 and Fullerton 74.
Arriving via AUTO
From the Kennedy Expressway (I 90 / I 94):
Exit Fullerton Ave and travel east 1.7 miles to Halsted Street. Turn right (south) on Halsted; half-way down the block (0.1 mile) on left side of street.
From Lake Shore Drive (Route 41):
Exit Fullerton Parkway to travel west 3/4 mile to Halsted Street. Turn left (south) onto Halsted; half-way down the block (0.1 mile) on left side of street.
PARKING: Free, unrestricted parking is available on Halsted Street. Parking also available on adjacent Belden Avenue, for which we will provide a free parking permit. There is a self-park garage on the next block at 2316 North Lincoln Avenue.
Arriving via Midway or O’Hare Airports, in order by economics
The house is 17 miles from O’Hare International Airport and 13 miles from Midway Airport.
$ - CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) trains run directly from both of Chicago’s airports and are an extension of the city’s convenient subway and elevated train system
$$ - Airport buses cater to hotel guests and will take you to your specified destination
$$$ - Taxis are plentiful from Midway and O’Hare Airports; travel time is 30 - 60 minutes
$$$$ - Private car and limo service can be arranged in advance
Arriving from Airports via PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
From Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare Airports: Travel from airport terminals via CTA trains is approximately 45 - 60 minutes. Purchase tickets from vending machines in the station. Trains generally run 24 hours. Fare is approximately US $2.
Board the CTA Orange Line at Midway Airport. Exit at the State/Lake station in the Loop to the Red Line subway station. Station attendants will assist and advise you to get a transfer, exit the station, and walk down stairs to the State Street subway entrance to the Red Line Lake Street station. Board the Red Line traveling NORTH. Exit at the Fullerton station.
Board the CTA Blue Line at O’Hare Airport. Exit at the Jackson station in the Loop. In the station, descend stairs to walk through the underground passageway one block to ascend stairs to the Red Line Jackson station. Board the Red Line traveling NORTH. Exit at the Fullerton station. See below.
From the CTA Fullerton Station which serves the Red, Purple, and Brown Lines:
Exit Fullerton station to street level. Walk east two blocks to the six-way intersection of Fullerton Parkway, Lincoln Avenue and Halsted Street. Turn right (south) on Halsted Street; one-half block to the yellow stucco Guest House, 2319.