Chicago's Four Seasons a treat for parents and kids

The Magnificent Mile hotel caters to guests of all ages with unique services.


By Linda Marsicano

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As we check into the Four Seasons downtown Chicago, a concierge automatically spots my children and leads them to a toy chest nearby. He encourages them to choose a toy, which confuses them since that's never happened before. "Really?" one of my twins turns to me and asks slightly bewildered.

They had no idea the fun and treats were just beginning. Upon entering the room, cute baseball hats and pint-sized bathrobes awaited the girls along with toiletries especially for them.

After swimming in the family-filled warm indoor pool, we decided to check out the kids' playroom, an actual hotel suite filled with toys, games, crafts and activities for children of all ages.

We opted for room service in our amazingly large and comfortable room and enjoyed a family movie. Then the biggest surprise of all arrived. One of my daughters opened the door and squealed. The Four Seasons Ice Cream Man arrived with a cart filled with ice cream and every sundae topping one could imagine. They were delirious with happiness as they piled chocolate sauce and M&Ms onto a scrumptious concoction, as the ice cream man pointed out other items they should include.

The Four Seasons caters to teens with its pizza making class and a customized menu of teen spa services.

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