Radisson Blu Aqua
The first thing that strikes you as
you enter the Radisson Blu Aqua downtown is the sleek design
and upscale feel with exposed brick, flickering lights and the
opulent Filini restaurant. It's so stylized that it won't strike
parents as family friendly, but-surprise!-it is.
Radisson Blu Aqua is the first Blu
in North America and one of Chicago's newest hotels. The hotel
boasts "five-star amenities that kids go wild for at a three-star
price point parents will appreciate." Kid-friendly aspects of the property include three pools
both inside and out, a small movie theater that screens children's
movies monthly, a half basketball court and a billiards
Another family-friendly perk: the
location. There is a pirate-themed park right behind the hotel with
swings, water features and a slide surrounded by a green field just
right for starting a game of flag football. Millennium Park is
practically next door.
The Italian restaurant on site, Filini's,
doesn't scream kid-friendly, but as my 5-year-old twins and I found
out, it is. We had an early dinner comfortably tucked into a booth
donned with pillows where the girls munched on Tuscan-styled
grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries they declared the
"yummiest ever" followed by hefty scoops of
vanilla gelato. Other options on the children's menu include
homemade penne or rigatoni pasta, spaghetti, chicken tenders or
Here's a tip: book a room on one of
the hotel's business class floors-for a small up-charge that will
actually save you money, families have access to a free hot
breakfast and snacks and refreshments throughout the day, as well
as a complimentary wine reception for adults in the
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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