Staying at the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park

While in Chicago to see Dead and Company over the 4th of July weekend we stayed at the Hotel Lincoln. Usually on a trip I have some idea of where we are staying. I usually have had some say in the process. Here we didn’t book the hotel so I didn’t even know where we were staying until we were on our way up there. With that said I really had no real knowledge of what it looked like until we pulled up to the hotel and walked in. Instantly I was impressed with how it looked, and I knew that I would be back to make more frames of it.

Visualizing the Shot

I had not had a chance to go through the hotel with my camera yet when I was exploring it with my family. I just had my phone with me. During that time I made many photos most of which ended up on Instagram. What was a small trip with the family turned into a scouting mission essentially for when I came back with my camera. I knew where I wanted to go, and basically what angle to make the photos from. Each of the photos in this post was basically part of a three step process. I walked through and just checked things out first. Then I made an iPhone photo of the situation. Finally with some free time in the morning I came back to make the photos that appear here.

Thoughts on the Lincoln Hotel

My thoughts on this hotel are very easy to sum up. I loved this place. I really did not have much time there with the schedule we had that weekend.  By the time I had free time the top level which is normally open was closed for a private event. I would love to see the view from up there. I loved what I saw here, and I can’t wait to go back and see what else the hotel has in store for me.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

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