Chicago has a wealth of family and kid-friendly attractions. Besides hands-on museums and fun restaurants where kids can make their own pizza for the little ones, Chicago also offers a wealth of family-friendly hotels that caters for the family, making sure that everything you need is all provided for. Read on to find out about the best family-friendly hotels to check in to on your journey round Chicago.
Not only does the Kimpton Palomar boutique hotel offer free wine, a beautiful heated indoor pool, professional and friendly service, a great restaurant on the ground floor and a good downtown location, but it also has all kinds of Kimpton Kids family-friendly amenities. Baby cribs are available on loan and kids can sleep in bunk bed rooms, go to the Kids’ Happy Hour and eat healthy meals in the family-friendly dining room with high chairs and booster seats. Besides all the fun for kids, the Palomar provides safety features in the rooms like covers over the electrical sockets, toilet latches and night-lights. Kids get a welcome gift on arrival and can get a pet goldfish or guppy to keep in their room. Best of all, there are babysitting services so you can have some time alone.
This luxurious Westin hotel is right across from Lake Michigan and is on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s famous upscale shopping and entertainment area. It has family-friendly amenities like cribs, a refrigerator in the room, a Kids’ Club and babysitting services and Healthy Kids Menus in the dining room. The Kids’ Club and babysitting service will give you time to spend on your own so you can visit the Body Rituals Boutique Spa, go shopping or have a night out alone on the town.
The Westin Chicago River North
Address: 320 North Dearborn Street, River North, Chicago (IL), United States, 60654
Price: from 288 USD
The James Hotel located on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Chicago. This beautiful boutique hotel goes out of its way to make families and especially kids happy while staying at the James under the banner of “Lil'James”. Children are welcomed at James by “Seedling” who partners with James to provide creative activities for kids including games like Nintendo Wiis, kid-friendly DVDs, books and entertainment. Other kid-friendly services are: kid-dining menus from David Burke’s Primehouse, milk and cookie turndown service, kid-friendly bathtubs for little travelers up to the age of 2, cribs, car seats, Paul Frank Bikes and helmets. Requests for all these services should be made through the very professional and friendly 24-hour concierge. The luxurious ASHA Spa even has mommy-to-be treatments for pregnant women and treatments for teens. The full-service gym is open 24 hours a day.
The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile
Address: 55 East Ontario, River North, Chicago (IL), United States, 60611
The Trump International Hotel and Tower is a luxury hotel in a prime location close to the Magnificent Mile and many Chicago attractions. Trump goes all out to make traveling with kids fun.
Besides coloring books, Trump offers special kiddy treatments in the luxury spa, kiddy cocktails, cribs, cots and rollaway beds with guardrails and fancy linen. Trump even provides no-tear shampoo, children’s room service and dining room kid menus. Not only can kids use the swimming pool, but they can even take swimming lessons while at the Trump Hotel (rates apply). Rooms come with full kitchens. Babysitting services are available so that you can have some time alone.
The Fairmont is an upscale high-rise hotel with friendly staff and efficient service. It is walking distance to the Magnificent Mile, Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park, which is a masterpiece in design. If you are at Millennium Park in the summer, the kids will love to splash and play in the Crown Fountain and see their reflections along with Chicago’s skyline at the famous Bean sculpture. There is an onsite restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine. The Fairmont also offers babysitting services so you can enjoy a night out or spend time in the spa.
The Omni non-smoking luxury hotel has recently undergone renovations that have preserved the historical drawings of architect Lewis Sullivan, “the father of skyscrapers” alongside modern design. Omni is an all-suites hotel (347 suites) conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile. Omni offers an award-winning Omni Sensational Kids program. On arrival, kids are given a special backpack containing an activity book with healthy snack recipes, fun games and crayons. On their first night at Omni, milk and cookies are delivered to their room. Omni also has an indoor swimming pool, two outdoor sundecks and a rooftop herb, vegetable and fruit garden. There is an onsite restaurant.
Omni Chicago Hotel
Address: 676 North Michigan Ave, Magnificent Mile, Chicago (IL), United States, 60611
Price: from 138 USD
Loews is a luxury hotel in a convenient downtown location. It has a state-of-the art spa, fitness room and a very large indoor pool. Loews has a motto for families:
“Bring the kids and leave your cares at home.”
Under the banner of “Loews Loves Kids”, Loews has special Kids’ Club menus, welcome gifts for small kids. Older kids can enjoy a teens only food bar. Loews offers cribs, crib sheets, child-proofing kits and night lights. Kids under the age of 10 receive a free Loews Loves Kids activity book. Kids also get their own “Kids’ Closet” full of toys, games, healthy kids’ menus and coloring books and crayons to use while they are at Loews. Teens get iPads and a music downloading card and access to an iPad library.
Babysitting services are available so you can have some time alone.
Hotel Chicago Downtown
The Hotel Chicago Downtown is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. It is a boutique hotel located in the Marina City Complex in the City River North area. It is close to family-friendly attractions like Navy Pier, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Magnificent Mile. Baby cribs and rollaway cots are available. Babysitting services will allow you free time to spend in the fitness room or go out for an evening on the town.
The Hampton Inn is located in downtown Chicago with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. It is a few steps from the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s fabulous shopping area with all kinds of great restaurants and places of entertainment. Hampton Inn offers cribs, high chairs and family packages. Hampton Inn provides a free hot breakfast before you set out to enjoy Chicago. There is also a fitness room, outdoor swimming pool and an onsite coin laundry room.
The Hilton Palmer House is a Chicago historic landmark. It is close to the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. On site is a 12-room Balance Spa, Fitness Room and indoor pool. There is also a restaurant specializing in American cuisine. For families, the Palmer House has cribs, high chairs, children’s menu, babysitting services and they offer a family package deal.
The boutique Kimpton Hotel Monaco is located in Chicago’s Loop (downtown) and is close to the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. Baby cribs are available on loan and kids can sleep in bunk bed rooms, go to the Kids’ Happy Hour and eat healthy meals in the family-friendly dining room with high chairs and booster seats. Besides all the fun for kids, the Monaco provides safety features in the rooms like covers over the electrical sockets, toilet latches and night-lights. Kids get a welcome gift on arrival and can get a pet goldfish or guppy to keep in their room. There is an onsite fitness center.
The Kimpton Hotel Burnham is a boutique hotel housed in the historic Reliance Building located in Chicago’s Loop downtown) and is a short walk to Millennium Park, Willis Tower and Grant Park. There is a fitness room and the Hotel Burnham places a yoga mat in each room free of charge. For families, there are kid-friendly amenities like cribs, roll-away beds, play yards and babysitting services. The hotel is 100% smoke free. The onsite Atwood Restaurant is open 24 hours a day and specializes in American gourmet cuisine.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
The Embassy Suites by Hilton are located near many of Chicago’s family-friendly attractions such as Navy Pier, which is a children’s paradise of fun in both the summer and winter. Everyone gets a two-room suite, which is a real boon for families and a free cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary drinks. Embassy Suites provides cribs, high chairs, kids’ menu and children’s activities. There is also an indoor swimming pool and fitness room.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/ North Loop
The Hilton Garden Inn is a new hotel located on the north side of Chicago’s Loop (downtown) and is close to the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. For families, the hotel has cribs, high chairs and children’s menus. There is a refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee and beverage maker in every room, a coin operated laundry, an onsite restaurant, the Garden Grille, and a fitness room.
Hilton Chicago Downtown
The Hilton Chicago Downtown overlooks Grant Park and Lake Michigan. It is near the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The expansive Athletic Club has a large indoor pool, whirlpool, running zone, cardio zone, weight zone and Cross-Fit. For families, the hotel has cribs, high chairs, children’s menu and offers a family package. There is an onsite restaurant featuring American cuisine, an Irish pub and a gourmet market and cafe.
Marriott AC Hotel Chicago Downtown
The boutique Marriott AC Hotel Chicago Downtown is located in the River North area close to the Magnificent Mile, restaurants and entertainment. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor pool. Two onsite restaurants, the AC Lounge and the AC Kitchen, specialize in European cuisine. Rooms have a refrigerator and a coffee espresso machine. Cribs and rollaway cots are available.
Tips for all the above hotels
It is best to book early. Be sure to request the kid-friendly amenities you will need when you make your reservation rather than wait to get to the hotel to ask for them. You want to make sure a crib or rollaway bed will be waiting for you and that there will be room for your kids in children’s activities and kids’ clubs.
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