The new Hampton by Hilton hotel is less than an hour from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and within five miles of the Naval Station Great Lakes — the U.S. Navy’s largest training facility and the site of its only boot camp. Celebrating a sailor at one of the base’s weekly graduations? Set up your home base at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Waukegan and dive into American history while in town.
Just in time for Presidents’ Day, you can follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, whose 1860 visit to Waukegan still has locals talking. “This city has Lincoln stories to tell, so fans should make a stop here,” says Ty Rohrer, Manager of Cultural Arts for the Waukegan Park District.
Honest Abe had a memorable stay in Waukegan. He arrived to give a speech on April 2, 1860, a month before nabbing the presidential nomination. But as the great orator spoke to a rapt crowd, the fire bell clanged — flames had erupted at a nearby warehouse. Lincoln rushed to help battle the blaze, asking his audience of 1,500 to join him.
“Amazingly, everyone left Lincoln’s speech to go to the Waukegan Harbor on Lake Michigan and watch an old warehouse burn down,” says Rohrer. Local lore has it that the future 16th president took home an unwelcome souvenir: his black wool coat shrank after water splashed on it during the firefighting efforts.
Relive that infamous night at the Waukegan History Museum, which holds the sleigh bed where Lincoln got shuteye during his visit. (Fun fact: He never actually slept in the White House’s so-called Lincoln Bedroom!) Then tour the area’s Civil War-era Victorians, snap a selfie with Abe’s bronze bust at the Lake County Courthouse and catch a free exhibit (open through February 26) about his life at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts.
After that, motorcade back to the hotel where modern conveniences — a heated indoor pool, free fast Wi-Fi and a 24-hour fitness center — await. Abe would be jealous!
Just off IL-120, the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Waukegan is located at 438 Lakehurst Road in Waukegan, Illinois and features:
- 116 guestrooms and studio suites, all with microwaves, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers
- Free fast Wi-Fi
- Complimentary hot breakfast
- An on-site convenience store
- Complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea in lobby
- A heated indoor pool
- A 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights
- A 24-hour business center
- On-site laundry service
- 880 square feet of meeting and event space for up to 60 people
- Free on-site parking
- Complimentary Neutrogena bath products
Reserve rooms by phone at (847) 473-6600 or online at hamptoninn.com.
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