Far from the Hiltons, Sheratons and Hyatts competing for space in downtown Chicago, the Hotel Lincoln sits north of the tourist traps and flashy shopping districts. This lovely hotel is situated in Lincoln Park, in a real neighborhood where real Chicagoans live, dine, and play. The lobby of the hotel reflects that authenticity in a classic Chicago kitsch-art style. The back wall is covered in a calliope of artwork ranging from dog illustrations to clown paintings, the front desk is made of vintage drawer fronts, and the warmly-lit marquee adds a touch of old-school flair to bring it all together. Last but not least, running the length of this charming setting, George pendants with metal dome shades in tomato light up the counter. If you ever find yourself here, be sure to ask the concierge for directions to the best pizza place in the neighborhood–Chicago-style pies, like Chicago-style hotels, should be experienced by everyone at least once.