A male wood duck coming across the pond on a calm Fall day. In the Fall the monarchs migrate down the shoreline. I found this colorful flower full of monarchs and a bee came through at the last minute. I loved the colors and slight blur of the bee which gives the image an action look. Great view of the city at Christmas time they light up the zoo. It's a great thing to do during the holidays
#URBANJUNGLE A close up of a female snowy owl. It was so cold and windy she allowed me to get within 30 or 40 feet. I was able to lie down on the beach to get these shots. In a city of 7 million I was the only one on the beach this day which is just how I like it. A female snowy owl perched on an ice covered tree on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. I always look forward to seeing these beautiful birds in the Winter. Windy City Sweets has everything you need to accelerate your path to diabetic obese bliss! An all encompassing candy and dessert shop that is almost as visually stimulating as hunger inducing,
Here we have a scoop of key lime pie ice cream and a scoop of trash can (i.e. everything) ice cream served in a chocolate chip cookie cone! Excellent macarons at Vanille Patisserie in Chicago. It has been hard to find macarons in the U.S. that are soft when you bite through them, like the ones from Pierre Herme in Paris. This is as close as I've gotten. Just the right sweetness and not chewy. Highly recommend the cassis (black currant) flavor (purple ones in the photo). They also have another location in the french market. Timing is everything. If I tried to take this shot a million times I would never be able to duplicate the position of the sun in her tires. She was moving very quickly when I took this shot. These life-sized sculptures of the four main characters from the Wizard of Oz reside it what was officially named Oz Park in 1976 to honor Wizard of Oz author and Lincoln Park resident, Lyman Frank Baum. The sculptures were created by Chicago artist John Kearney, and were unveiled between 1995-2007. A 10x optical zoom view looking south of the Chicago skyline as seen from the 48th floor rooftop patio of the New York condo building in Lakeview. The New York was open for occupancy in 1987 and has a total of 594 residential units. Alinea is a truly special dining experience, and lived up to it's 3-star Michelin rating. For over three hours we enjoyed 16 of chef Grant Achatz's carefully constructed A snowy owl on a snowy day with just enough visibility to capture the yellow eyes that make this bird so attractive to photographers. Snowy Owls tend to sit out in the open in full view which is unusual as most raptors like to hide and ambush. I guess it is kind of difficult to hide when you are so large and snow white. A dragonfly perched on a purple wildflower at Montrose Beach bird sanctuary. The Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum in Graceland Cemetery is a a family mausoleum for the Chicago brewer, Peter Schoenhofen. The pyramid's design combines both Egyptian and Christian iconography as seen by the Angel and Sphinx flanking the door. A look inside did not reveal whether a traditional casket or mummification, a sarcophagus and Canopic jars were the chosen means to the afterlife. Del Seoul Korean BBQ restaurant has the most delicious Korean BBQ tacos we have ever tasted.
My favorites are The Kalbi(grilled beef short rib), Sesame Chili shrimp and the spicy BBQ pork tacos.
They just started selling beers. The restaurant has an ok atmosphere but we would not say it is a great sit down restaurant for a long period of time.
This is a popular joint for the locals in Chicago and they have other great Korean dishes. This is a #localgem and should be on your list to visit when in Chicago. #delicious
An artistic touch to the macaroon display. The find of the day was a group of 6 red knots in beautiful breeding plumage. What on Earth they were doing at Montrose was impossible to figure out. These birds are in serious decline as a result of overharvesting of horseshoe crabs which is a critical food source in Spring. Unless we act now these birds will be in serious trouble very soon. Their numbers have dropped dramatically in the last decade. I had to stop and visit my favorite cat the Himalayan Snow Leopard. A child was crying behind me which piqued the big cats interest. Here he almost appears to be stalking his victim. This cat is huge with giant paws and a tail that is thick and long. It is perfectly suited to climbing in snow covered mountains along narrow ledges. Another shot of the sunrise at Montrose over the water intake crib with my lens at the shortest setting. The crib is 5 miles out. My favorite animal at the Zoo. This is a 6 year old Himalayan Snow leopard. This magnificent cat probably weighs around 80 pounds total so it is tiny compared to the tigers and lions but it has huge paws and a huge, thick, long tail that helps it keep its balance in the high mountain terrain it calls home. The beautiful coat turns white in Winter and allows the cat to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. Many guests walk right by the enclosure without seeing the cat. The view of the downtown Chicago skyline under the fluffy white clouds and blue sky as seen from the rooftop deck of the New York condos. dramatic and constantly changing views across lake michigan to city sklyine. GREAT walking spot. Winter is also a great time to view birds in the dunes along the beach. This is an American tree sparrow foraging for food that I caught at the right time as it dropped down to the ground. Fortunately I had the shutter speed to freeze the wings and keep the image somewhat sharp. This is full frame with no crop. The expressions of snow monkeys are priceless. Here I was trying to get the monkey to smile and I think she was puzzled by my odd behavior. i was only able to do this because no one else was there due to the frigid temperatures. Hopefully I will get an image of a skirmish between a couple of the monkeys which is hysterical. My favorite subject on a very cold day (-25 windchill) sitting out comfortably watching the occasional people who pass by. It amazes me that so many people walk past this cat and never notice it. Himalayan Snow Leopards blend in very well with the environment. The tail on this cat is very long and thick which helps it keep its balance on narrow ledges in the mountains. A male Wood Duck looking up at a Canadian Goose which is the reflection you see on the water. This might be the top spot to photograph wild Wood Ducks in the Midwest. A drake wood duck with several red eared sliders on a calm peaceful morning. What a great day! When i see scenes like this I count my blessings. #Beach #CityLife #Chicago #Skies #Sunset #LifeAtExpedia A black capped chicadee eating seeds from a late Fall bounty. These birds are so tame they will land with 12 inches of your camera lens. I wish all birds were this trusting of humans. View of the Chicago loop from Lincoln Park Zoo. Free, 365 days a year! Old gate and apartment building in Chicago during light snow. A juvenile black crowned night heron fishing for small minnows along the shoreline next to the pier. Montrose Beach is the best place in Chicago to watch birds during migration. Lions are beautiful 🐾 Another snowy owl photo of a young female taken on a very cold afternoon. Extreme cold days are always my favorite because I have the beaches all to myself and the birds are more tolerant of my presence. A pair of beautiful birds in the McCormick Bird House. The tropical birds are all flying around in this massive enclosure landing very close to people. These birds are not behind glass so taking photos is easy. Lots of wonderful sights and sounds at Montrose Beach area today. We certainly did not let the rain and wind dampen our day. I was able to get so close to this coopers hawk that I took a portrait shot. This is a full frame, uncropped picture of a wild hawk. The wood duck clan walking across a small patch of grass to get to another pond. The baby ducks are so small they could easily fit in the palm of your hand. A white sulphur butterfly on a purple wildflower in the meadow at Montrose Beach. Another shot of an interesting juvenile black crowned night heron focused on capturing a small minnow. He was so locked in that he did not even notice me laying in the sand. A beautiful yellow swallow caterpillar on a group of purple wildflowers. Montrose Beach in the Summer has everything you can imagine. I wanted to follow up on Charles Arcudis posts which made me long for the warm days of summer. A monarch in perfect condition landed on a beautiful wildflower in the garden at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum. I could not resist a couple of photos. A peregrine falcon enjoying a casual shore lunch at Montrose. These are the F - 16s of the raptor world. They can catch bats in mid air and reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour when stooping for an unsuspecting bird in flight. This image may be graphic for some but that is the reality of the bird world. If you ever see birds looking nervously up in the sky this is one of the main reasons. A pair of large female lions that seemed very interested in my camera and tripod. I can only imagine how a wildebeest feels when a pride of lions has it cornered. A golden crowned kinglet perched on some late Fall prarie grass. This is one of my favorite late Fall birds. A beautiful sight at the snow monkey exhibit. It had just snowed the day before and the temps were at 10 degrees meaning no crowds and ideal conditions for snow monkeys. These are some of the most entertaining creatures I have ever had the pleasure to watch. If you ever get to the Zoo make sure you see this exhibit. Cold Duck! Ok I could not resist. This poor wood duck was frozen solid and I think its eye was frozen shut.......How do these birds survive the brutal Chicago Winters? The temperature with windchill was 15 below zero this morning when I took this photo. The drake wood duck sitting in a patch of clover. I wish the sun had been out but you take what you can get in nature photography. A male yellow warbler in Spring plumage. the yellow was radiant. While heading down to the dunes to look for shorebirds I realized the sunrise was going to be incredible. All I had was a 400 mm lens with a teleconverter so I focused on the crib located 5 miles offshore and took a few shots of the beautiful colors. A male wood duck perched on a log along the shoreline at North Pond. Male Wood Ducks in Spring are gorgeous birds. A sanderling all decked out in breeding colors. This is normally a drab gray and white bird that changes color in Spring. A male wood duck sitting on a rock next to a small waterfall. I have always wanted to get this shot but the wood ducks never did cooperate until today. Another shot of the growling monster tiger at Lincoln Park Zoo. There are no cages around the big cats which are kept in check with a deep moat around the perimeter of the enclosure. the sound this cat made is hard to describe unless you hear it first hand. I could feel the vibrations of the noise in my stomach. Where else can you see a lion in the snow without bars in front of it? This was taken at Lincoln Park Zoo. Thank you Richard Remington for sharing your pictures from The Magic Hedge. We had a wonderful time today exploring this fantastic region of Chicago. A swallowtail in great condition sunning itself in the early morning. A black crowned night heron in the dunes along the beach at Montrose. This is teh time of year when you can run into anything at this location. A baby snow monkey nursing from its mother. These are beautiful creatures that are very social in groups. A coopers hawk searching the shrubs for prey. The eyes of this hawk are amazing. When nothing is moving or singing in Spring I know it is a safe bet there is a hawk in the area. An American Tree Sparrow eating natural food from the dunes. You can see the seed husks flying through the air as I had the shutter speed at 1/2000 of a second. I waited a half hour for a warbler to land in the lilac bush and had to settle for a juvenile red winged blackbird. A fishing black crowned night heron on a calm clear sunny morning. This might have been my single best day of birding ever. A yellow bellied sapsucker in the trees along the pond. The bird was so still I did not see it at first. At this time of the year you never know what you will see migrating through at North Pond. A male redstart getting ready to come down to a water puddle for a bath. A tiger yawning in the grass on a lazy spring day. I love the big cats at this Zoo. A handsome American Tree Sparrow foraging for food on a snowy winter day. Charcoal latte at the Werewolf Coffee Bar. They also have very tasty pastries. Young male tiger, pausing in the middle of giving himself a bath to stare at me through the camera lens. (Oct. 2011) A group of 6 red knots that took my breath away. These birds were lifers for me and I spent a good 2 hours following them around on the beach while they were being stalked by children and dogs. The dunes at Montrose are a protected bird sanctuary but they obviously were not aware of this. They turn a cinnamon color during breeding season which is where they get the name red knot. A dunlin and a least sandpiper feed in a small puddle created by rainwater. These small temporary pools attract many migrating shorebirds. These birds are both dressed in breeding plumage which gives them a much different look than they normally have. A female snowy owl perched on a pile of building rubble set up along the lakefront to prevent erosion. Snowy owls tend to use the same perches throughout the day and love to have a good vantage point where they can scan the beach for food and other raptors. I think this is an Alder Flycatcher that I watched in the meadow at Montrose. A blue heron showing off its giant wingspan for a family of turtles. These are very graceful agile birds. A snowy owl on the beach at Montrose on a snowy blustery day. These are magnificent birds that are starting to make regular appearances in Chicago every year. One last shot of a golden crowned kinglet from the back. I love the golden/yellow colors on the wings and tail. A drake hooded merganser doing that weird head bob they do at certain times of the year to impress the ladies. One of my favorite ducks this male pintail was hanging out with a bunch of other Winter ducks at Northpond which is a haven in the middle of Lincoln Park that attracts some magnificent birds all year long. I have seen everything from snowy owls to peregrine falcons and least bitterns at this location. A male goldfinch dining on the Fall harvest of wildflowers. A male chestnut sided warbler sitting in the shrubs looking for insects. This shot of the bleacher entrance was taken just before game 7 of the World Series. Later on that night they had 300,000 people converge on the neighborhood to celebrate. Wrigley Field is a remarkable place for baseball. You are driving through a nice little neighborhood and all the sudden there it is. If you have never been there make it a point to take in a ball game. You will not be dissapointed. A female lion responding to a male who was grunting so loud you could hear it everywhere in the zoo. The lion enclosure has a deep moat around it so they do not have any cages or bars that create a barrier to photography. The most beautiful free zoo in the World! A golden crowned kinglet moving around in the dried brush at North Pond. These birds are some of the first migrants in Spring and the last migrants in Fall. Clever sign manipulation. No dogs allowed. Violators will be PAWsecuted. A male wood duck out for a late Fall swim. The Fall leaves on the pond surface give it color and add interest. Hidden gem-A nice cocktail bar and place to chill
#Chicago #hiddenbar #cocktail #voilethour #LifeAtExpedia A female snowy owl spreading its wings to stay loose on a cold and windy day. Monday Musical Night sing-a-long is so much more fun than one might think! The crowd proves that. This is a Locals favoriate spot in Lakeview neighborhood offers varieties of local and foreign beers. Come for weekend brunch and enjoy outside patio and a busy, loud scene. 2014 celebrates 100 years of Wrigley Field, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs. Since calling Wrigley Field home, the Cubs have not won the World Series. Their last championship was in 1908. A ruby throated hummingbird on a wildflower perched on a leaf drinking nectar. I always struggle with shutter speed as these birds are so quick. A kestrel perched in a low hanging tree allowed me to get close for some portraits. I always find these birds very difficult to photograph as they rarely sit still. Swedish waffles from Ann Sather; home of the ridiculously huge cinnamon rolls. Another male hooded merganser. I love the way these birds look with the bright vivid whites, dark black and piercing yellow eyes. Getting feather detail in the blacks and whites requires perfect soft sunlight. A male hooded merganser swimming along by himself shot at a steep angle which gave me an interesting reflection in the water. North Pond is a good spot for winter type ducks. huge rustic space with the most beautiful flowers! A full shot of the open ow mouth of the snow leopard. It almost looks like they brush his teeth every day. A male Bufflehead Duck perched on a log at North Pond. This is a great spot for viewing Winter ducks. The Winter ducks have started to arrive. Here is a male hooded merganser swimming in North Pond. This is one of the toughest birds to get because it is always so cautious around humans. I love the vivid yellow color of the eyes.
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Breakfast included
Free WiFi
Smoke-free property
24-hour front desk
Concierge services

Close to Lincoln Park

Occupying a charming brownstone building, this boutique hotel is in the Lakeview neighborhood, 0.2 mile from Lincoln Park. Wrigley Field is 0.7 mile from the hotel. Downtown Chicago is 5 miles south.

Breakfast included

Continental breakfast and afternoon cookies are complimentary. The lobby area features a fireplace and complimentary coffee and tea. The Majestic Hotel is smoke-free.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in all 52 guestrooms, which also feature minibars, workstations, and flat-screen TVs with premium channels. Bathrooms come with plush robes.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The Majestic Hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Coffee and tea are also also available in the lobby area 24 hours a day. Health conscious guests will appreciate the nearby opportunities for running, tennis, swimming, and sailing. The Majestic Hotel also offers complimentary passes to a nearby health club. This Chicago hotel is smoke-free.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Concierge services 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Year Built 1925 
  • Total number of rooms - 52 
  • One meeting room 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Minibar 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board (on request) 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

The Majestic Hotel serves a complimentary Continental breakfast each morning.

Nearby Things to Do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 21


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • No onsite parking is available.
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Parking height restrictions apply
Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than five (5) rooms. Group bookings are subject to a 2 week cancellation policy. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Hotel Name

  • Majestic Chicago
  • Majestic Hotel
  • Majestic Hotel Chicago

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