December in Chicago

1-24  Christkindlmarket
1-24  Santa House, Daley Plaza
1-31  WonderFest, Navy Pier
1-31  Zoolights
1-31  Christmas Around the World

Room Amenities
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Keurig coffee & tea service
  • In-room mini fridge
  • Flat-screen TV, DVD player
  • Writing desk, book selections
  • Iron and full-size ironing board
  • Bottled water and juice
  • Hairdryers
  • Private en suite bath
  • Plush king bed
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hand pressed Vera Wang linens
  • On-site management
  • 100% Smoke-free zone

Park free
 on Halsted Street or adjacent Belden Avenue with a complimentary permit.

In the Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Contact Guest House: 312-751-2202 or 

The Guest House is in the heart of Chicago's most popular neighborhood: Lincoln Park, next to DePaul University, walking distance to scores of fabulous boutiques, restaurants, live theatre, music venues, parks, and a 10-15 minute taxi or CTA train ride to the Loop, Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile. Fullerton Station, a major CTA train stop is two blocks away. It's all happening in Chicago's hottest neighborhood: walk a few blocks to the Steppenwolf Theatre (featuring Hollywood's finest) or shop in the city's best boutiques.

The gardens at Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, 1/2 mile east

Bicycle with ease using Chicago's Divvy bike share system. There are several bicycle stations within a block of the Guest House.


Apollo Theater – 2540 N Lincoln, 773-935-6100
Royal George Theatre Center – 1641 N Halsted, 312-988-9000
Steppenwolf Theatre
– 1650 N Halsted, 312-335-1650
Victory Gardens Theaters: 
  Main stage at the Biograph – 2433 N Lincoln, 773-871-3000
  The Greenhouse– 2257 N Lincoln, 773-871-3000


Within a few blocks is a full spectrum of eateries: French, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, Spanish, American, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Mexican and even raw vegan cuisine as well as bars offering delectable menus and expansive brews. *Also recommended for breakfast.
Alinea Restaurant – 1723 N Halsted, 773-867-0110, open Wednesdays to Sundays; rated #1 restaurant in the world; Michelin three-star.
The Athenian Room – 807 W Webster, 773-348-5155
Greek food done right at this favorite of the locals. Get the chicken kalamata. Tina Fey said, “You 
    need to go to a place called the Athenian Room on Webster. You need to order the roasted chicken.
    It's cooked on a spit, it comes on a bed of steak fries and the chicken juice gets into the fries.
The Bagelers Coffeehouse - 2461 N Lincoln, 872-802-0347
   Coffee shop, Internet Café
Bee & Tea818 W Fullerton
New concept: traditional Taiwanese boba tea, yogurt smoothies, bao and bowls.
Bella Bacino's Pizzeria – 2204 N Lincoln, 773-472-7400
Italian bistro and pizzeria featuring an award-winning deep-dish Chicago pizza.
Blue Door Farm Stand - 2010 N Halsted, 773-935-2583
   Farm-to-table restaurant and café.
* The Bourgeois Pig Café – 738 W Fullerton, 773-883-5282
Old-world coffee shop with expansive menu; Recommended by Rachael Ray.
Café Ba Ba Reeba – 2024 N Halsted, 773-935-5000 
A Spanish tapas restaurant known for superb paella; festive outdoor patio.
 Chez Moi - 2100 N Halsted, 773-871-2100
A delightful and authentic country French Bistro.
 Chipotle – 2256 N Orchard at Lincoln, 773-935-6744
Fast-food Mexican grill: fajitas, burritos, tacos.
* Clarke's Diner – 2441 N Lincoln, 773-472-3505 
Open 24 hours, famous for omelets. American cuisine. Free wifi.Café Ba Ba Reeba, 2024 N Halsted St, three blocks from Guest House
Coppervine - 1962 N Halsted, 773-935-1000
   "Pursuit of the perfect pairing"
Dairy Queen Orange Julius – 2200 N Lincoln, 773-871-2200
Offers a walk-up window at the sidewalk.
Floriole Cafe and Bakery – 1220 W Webster, 773-883-1313
Feature rustic French pastries and farm fresh meals.
Glazed & Infused - 939 W Armitage, 312-226-5556
  Donuts, Intelligensia coffee and Wi-Fi 
Hanabi Japanese Sushi Bar – 806 W Webster, 773-935-3474
     A small, long-time neighborhood staple.
Itto Sushi – 2616 N Halsted, 773-871-1800
     One of Chicago’s first and classic traditional Japanese restaurants.
* Jam ‘n Honey  - 958 W Webster, 773-327-5266
     New twists on hearty breakfast; everything served with a jar of Nutella.
Karyn's Raw Vegan Gourmet – 1901 N Halsted, 312-255-1590
    Unparalleled raw vegan fine dining 

Sweet Mandy B's, 1208 W Webster St, one-half mile west of Guest HouseLa Diosa - 2308 N Clark, 773-372-5559
   Mexican comfort food with French touches
Las Fuentes – 2558 N Halsted, 773-935-2004
      Mexican cuisine, margaritas, outdoor patio.
Le Pain Quotidien - 1000 W Armitage, 773-770-4341
  French bakery and communal table.
Lincoln Hall – 2424 N Lincoln, 773-525-2501
      Live music venue has full dinner menu; three bars.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – 958 W Wrightwood, 773-832-4030
      “Best Chicago-style deep dish pizza in the world!”
* McDonald's – 2400 N Lincoln
      Open late. ATM and pay phones.
Nan's Sushi – 2360 N Lincoln, 312-944-5944
      Asian fusion to dine in or take away.
Noodles in the Pot – 2453 N Halsted, 773-975-6177
     Tasty Thai food you can count on.
Pasta Palazzo – 1966 N Halsted, 773-248-1400
      Casual neighborhood favorite; fresh, fun pasta joint with great service.
Potbelly Sandwich Works – 2264 N Lincoln, 773-528-1405
      The original Potbelly's! Fast food with a slight party atmosphere.
PS Bangkok – 2521 N Halsted, 773-348-0072
      Thai restaurant; what they’re missing on ambiance, they make up in good food.Toast, 746 W Webster, best breakfast spot: one block south
Rickshaw Republic - 2312 N Lincoln, 773-697-0072
"We peddle Asian street food."
Red Lion Pub - 2446 N Lincoln, 773-883-2422 
    Step into an English Pub
Sai Café – 2010 N Sheffield, 773-472-8080
     Japanese restaurant and sushi bar.
Shine 756 W Webster, 773-296-0101
    Asian cuisine and sushi bar
Simply It Cuisine of Vietnam, 2269 N Lincoln, 773-248-0884
The Social Table, 819 W Armitage
    Eat, share, hang out. "Best dinner party in Chicago."
* Starbucks – 2275 N Lincoln, 2200 N Halsted, 1001 W Armitage
STATE Restaurant and Café – 935 W Webster, 773-975-8030
   100 flat-screen HDTVs offer sports and news; American menu.
Stella Barra 1954 N Halsted, 773-634-4101
  Signature artisan pizzas
* Subway – 2412 N Lincoln and 2008 N Halsted
   Fast food sub sandwiches, breakfast too – open 7 a.m. weekdays.
Sugar Fixé Macaron - 958 W Armitage, 773-799-8399
  Authentic French pastries in a charming atmosphere
Summer House Santa Monica
 - 1954 N Halsted, 773-634-4100
  Wood-fired grill, handcrafted pastries, artisanal breads.
Sweet Mandy B’s – 1208 W Webster, 773-244-1174
 Charming and delightful old fashioned dessert bakery and café.
Swirlz Cupcakes – 705 W Belden, 773-404-2253
    Specialty cupcakes (at a price); also serving coffee.
Taco Joint - 1969 N Halsted, 312-951-2457
Urban taqueria and cantina; a delish and fave little hangout of ours.
* Toast – 746 W Webster Ave, 773-935-5600
   Trendy and delish; breakfast and lunch only. Liquor menu features a wasabi Bloody Mary.
Vinci Restaurant – 1732 N Halsted, 312-266-1199
   Rustic Italian fare; great selections of wine by the glass. Adjacent to Steppenwolf Theatre.

Apple Store, Plaza and North & Clybourn CTA station, eight blocks south of Guest House


B.L.U.E.S. – 2519 N Halsted
    Live music seven nights a week. Actor Bruce Willis performed here.
Lincoln Hall – 2424 N Lincoln, 773-525-2508
    Chicago’s newest live, mid-size music venue.
Lilly's Bar – 2513 N Lincoln, 773-525-2422
    Eclectic music joint features array of rock, jazz and Americana.
Kingston Mines – 2548 N Halsted, 773-477-4646
    Sunday nights, cover at B.L.U.E.S. gets you into Kingston Mines free.
Wise Fools Pub – 2270 N Lincoln, 773-929-1300



Art+Science Salon – 1971 N Halsted, 312-787-4247
            Creative, individualized hairstyles and color
Blueberry Moon Salon – 2108 N Halsted, 773-529-3333
            Full service Aveda salon.
Bluemercury - 2208 N Halsted, 773-327-6900
           The national luxury apothecary and spa chain.
Clear Nails Spa - 2122 N Halsted, 773-883-8815
          Pedicure, manicure, artificial nails and wax.
Dry Bar Lincoln Park 1611 N Sheffield, 312-288-3087
No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.
Flirty Girl Fitness, 2215 N Halsted, 312-666-2266
    Spa services: Nails, waxing, lashes, blowouts.
Great Clips - 1005 W Webster, 774- 687-9757
Hair Cuttery – 2110 N Halsted, 773-244-1947
            Color, cuts and style: No appointment necessary.
Karyn's Inner Beauty Center – 1901 N Halsted, 312-255-1590
            Every naturopathic service and a few you haven't thought of.
Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique – 2457 N Halsted, 773-327-7051
            Biologique Recherché Paris, European and medical skin care 
Lincoln Park Massage Spa – 630 W Webster, 773-296-6300  
            Deep tissue, hot stone therapy, aromatherapy, salt and sugar glows and facial.
Natural Elements Salon – 2212 N Lincoln, 773-477-2500
            Hair, nails, makeup.
Patricia Marie Salon – 707 W Belden, 773-525-0194
            Hair cuts, color, extensions and blow outs for women, men and children.
Pretty Nails – 2523 N Lincoln, 773-868-1590
            Nails, wax, massage and facials.

2206 and 2208 N Halsted St, one block south of Guest House


The Guest House is located two blocks from eDrop Off, shooting location of Vh1's House of Consignment.

A sampling of stores and boutiques within walking distance of the Guest House include:

All She Wrote – fine stationery and gifts, 825 W Armitage
Anthropologie - 1548 N Fremont
Apple Store Lincoln Park – 801 W North
Aroma Workshop – essential oils, 2050 N Halsted
Art Effect – “Modern day general store," 934 W Armitage
Barker & Meowsky – "Paw firm" and distinctive pet boutique, 1003 W Armitage
BCBG MAX AZRIA - 2140 N Halsted
Bedside Manor Ltd - setting the style for sleep, 2056 N Halsted
Berco's Popcorn - 810 W Armitage
Bevello - women's clothier, 837 W Armitage
Bonobos Guideshop - Personalized menswear, 845 W Armitage
CB2 – affordable modern housewares and furniture by Crate & Barrel, 800 W North
Club Monaco – 2206 N Halsted
Comfort Me - gifts and apparel, 701 W Armitage
Cotelac – French clothier, 2209 N Halsted
Crate & Barrel – furniture, home décor, housewares and gifts, 850 W North
Denim & Soul - clothing and accessories, 2210 N Halsted
Dilly Lily – florist and design, 742 W Fullerton
Fox’s, women’s high-fashion high-discount boutique – 2051 N Halsted
Francesca’s Collections – women’s clothing and accessories, 2012 N Halsted
Helen Ficalora – the Midwest's first location for this jewelry designer, 2014 N Halsted

Armitage and Halsted shopping corridor: begins one block southInterior Define - 833 W Armitage
Kickin' - Active boutique for mom-to-be and babes, 2120 N Halsted
Kiehl's – Skin care since 1851, 901 W Armitage
LBD – Little Black Dress shop, 2202 N Halsted
Lori's Discount Designer Shoes – 824 W Armitage
Lucky Brand – men's and women’s clothing, designer denim, 2048 N Halsted
lululemon athletica – yoga-inspired athletic apparel, 2104 N Halsted
LUSH – Fresh handmade soaps and cosmetics, 859 W Armitage
M·A·C Cosmetics – professional quality for “makeup addicts,” 910 W Armitage
Marine Layer - American made casual and sport clothing, 849 W Armitage
Pottery Barn - 1000 W North Ave
Read It and Eat - Culinary bookstore with full demo kitchen, 2124 N Halsted
Restoration Hardware - 938 W North Ave
Sugar Fixé Macaron - Authentic French pâtisserie, 958 W Armitage
Ten Thousand Villages – Fair Trade retailer, 840 W Armitage
The Tie Bar - Ties and accessories for men, 918 W Armitage
Underthings – finer designer lingerie, 804 W Webster
Vosges Haut-Chocolat – "Peace, Love and Chocolate," 951 W Armitage
Warby Parker - Frame studio, 837 W Armitage
West Elm - Home decor, 1000 W North Ave
Williams Sonoma - 1550 N Fremont
Xana Chambray – fashion boutique features small collections, 2514 N Halsted 


Divvy bike-share system has several portals within two blocks in every direction of the Guest House

Lakefront beaches and running and bicycling paths – One mile directly east

Lincoln Park Boat Club – North Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway

Lincoln Park Conservatory – 2391 W Stockton
            Constructed in 1890s, it features a Palm House, Fernery and Orchid House.
Lincoln Park Zoo – N Cannon Drive at Webster
            35 acres of a beautiful park-like setting, from anteaters to zebras—and it is free.The Scarecrow at Oz Park, Webster and Burling, 1.5 blocks
Oz Park – gorgeous 13-acre park just 1.5 blocks south of the Guest House features Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow. Formal English gardens, tennis, softball, hoops, jogging track, children's playlot.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – 2430 N Cannon
            A natural, inspiring and educative oasis about our environment.
Seven Ten Lounge - 2747 N Lincoln, 773-549-2695
            Bowling, billiards, sports bar.
The Point at Diversey – Diversey Harbor at the lakefront
            Double-decker driving range and mini golf course.
Caldwell Waterlily Pond – Fullerton, west of Cannon Drive
            The Alfred Caldwell lily pool originally built in 1889 for raising tropical lilies.


  • Bank of America at CVS – 2414 N Lincoln
  • Citibank at McDonald's – 2400 N Lincoln
  • First American Bank – 2401 N Halsted


  • Bank of America – 2401 N Clark
  • Chase Bank – 2603 N HalstedFullerton Beach mile east of the Guest House


  • FedEx Office – 744 W Fullerton, 773-472-3066

  •  Don's Cleaners - 709 W Belden, 773-248-1293


Bikram Yoga Chicago - Lincoln Park - 2736A N Clark, 773-348-9642
Butler Chiropractic & Accupuncture – 2534 N Halsted, 773-529-6530
The Chicago School of Hot Yoga – 2442 N Lincoln, 773-868-9642
Corepower Yoga – 959 W Webster, 773-388-9642
Equinox Fitness Club – 1750 N Clark, 312-587-0774
Flirty Girl Fitness – 2215 N Halsted St, 312-666-2266 
Harmony Mind Body Fitness, a Pilates studio – 1962 N Bissell, 773-296-0263
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, a full service facility – 1320 W Fullerton, 773-348-6377
Pure Barre, a workout studio, 2058 N Halsted, 872-206-5154   


  • Mobile, Full service; have taken great care of our vehicles for over 20 years, 1106 W Fullerton, 773-248-0414
  • Shell, 1160 W Diversey at Racine, 773-404-8563


Whole Foods Market, – 959 W Fullerton (two blocks west) small neighborhood grocer
Whole Foods Market – 1550 N Kingsbury St (1.25 mi south of Guest House) large, full-service
Trader Joe’s, the specialty grocer to count on – 1840 N Clybourn Ave (1 mi)
Trader Joe’s, 667 W Diversey (0.5 mi)


*  NOTE: always dial 911 in the event of an emergency
*  Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – 846 W Wellington (at 3000 N Halsted)
*  Rush Walk-In Care Center for non-emergency healthcare - 2835 N Sheffield Ave Suite 104, 312-563-3440
Hours, as of this printing: Fri 2p to 7p; Sat 9a to 5p
*  Immediate MD Urgent Care - 2077 N Clybourn (Across from Panera Bread), 773-886-1500 - "Quality Care When You Need It"


FedEx Kinko's Office Center – 744 W Fullerton, 773-472-3066 – about $15/hr

Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport


AMC River East 21 – 322 E Illinois, 
Century Centre Cinema
– Features independent & foreign films, 2828 N Clark, 773-248-7759
Regal Webster Place 11 – 1471 W Webster, 773-348-0137
Music Box Theatre – Features independent & foreign films, 3733 N Southport, 773-871-6604






CVS/Pharmacy – one block north at 2414 N Lincoln, 773-665-8126
Walgreens – 834 W Armitage, four blocks south, 773-687-0709
Walgreens – 740 W Diversey Parkway, four blocks north, 773-929-1097



Burling Row House District - 2225 - 2245 N Burling St
Francis J. Dewes Mansion – 503 W Wrightwood
Lincoln Park Cultural Center – 2045 N Lincoln Park West
Lincoln Park Conservatory – 2391 Stockton
Theurer-Wrigley House – 2466 N Lakeview




These Chicago cultural institutions offer FREE admission daily:
(Subject to change; information current when posted.)

The following museums are free on certain dates. Dates subject to change, and were current when posted. See museum websites for updates and additional free days throughout the year:

FREE on Sunday:
        •  Chicago Children's Museum (free--if under 15, on 1st Sunday of month) 
        •  DuSable Museum of African-American History

FREE on Monday:
        •  Field Museum (free on 2nd Monday of month)
        •  Chicago History Museum

FREE on Tuesday:
        •  International Museum of Surgical Science
        •  Loyola University Museum of Art
        •  Museum of Contemporary Art

FREE  on Wednesday:
       •  The Art Institute of Chicago - All day on 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month to Illinois residents only
       •  The Spertus Museum (free only between 10 a.m. and noon.)

FREE on Thursday:
        •  Chicago Children's Museum (free only from 5 to 8 p.m.)
        •  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (free; “optional” donation suggested) 
        •  The Spertus Museum (free only between 2 and 6 p.m.)

FREE for members only; general admission is $10
    •  National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum