• Hotel Lincoln Appointed Onal Kucuk as New General Manager

     
    POSTED July 7, 2014
     

Hotel Lincoln, of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, recently appointed Onal Kucuk as the new general manager of the property. Kucuk’s branding background and experience will help launch the 184-room property to the next level of community engagement and hospitality. 

"Our team is excited to further relationships with local residents and partners in the Lincoln Park neighborhood as well as the greater Chicago market, said Kucuk. "We are across the street from Lincoln Park, and walking distance to the beach, zoo, and other attractions celebrated by locals, but we’re also five minutes away from the best of Chicago, such as the Magnificent Mile. We want our visiting guests to feel a part of our neighborhood here at Hotel Lincoln, but also have the best of our great city at their fingertips at the same time."

Kucuk joins Hotel Lincoln with more than 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He most recently served as area director of Six Sigma at Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Chicago, where he worked on operations ranging from sales and marketing to food and beverage. Kucuk moved to Chicago from Turkey after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bilkent University, and later earned his MBA from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

"The very qualities that once drew me to the city of Chicago are the traits that I see reflected at Hotel Lincoln," Kucuk said. "There’s a culture of pride and sincerity that’s unique here, but is very much the essence of Chicago. Hotel Lincoln’s quirky design and the fun, inviting personality of our team echoes the charm and character of our Lincoln Park neighborhood. I look forward to making each guest’s experience as unique and memorable as the property itself." 

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