55 E. Ontario, Chicago
The James Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel steps away
from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, has recently revamped its
children's program, and my entire family agrees it is a smash hit.
The program, LIL' JAMES, keeps kids entertained and feeling special
their entire stay with a variety of amenities and activities
planned just for them.
Upon arrival, children receive a backpack filled
with projects from Kiwi Crate, a creativity company that focuses on
hands-on learning through arts, crafts and science kits. Projects
from Kiwi Crate come complete with all the materials, instructions
and inspiration for children and parents to create cool projects
together. So first on our agenda: assemble lightweight wooden
airplanes that my 5-year-olds delighted in zooming at each other's
heads for a good hour.
The room itself was exquisite. If possible, opt for
a loft room with separate living and sleeping areas, along with an
actual "media room" with a DVD projector and family-friendly movies
available from the concierge. We all cuddled onto the gigantic
media room bed and enjoyed a family movie night.
Other LIL' JAMES amenities include books for story
time before bed and board games for all ages including Sorry!,
Chutes and Ladders, Life and Scrabble. For tech-savvy kids and
gamers, there is Wii and pre-loaded iPads and Kindles with
kid-friendly books and apps.
For those families wanting to explore the city as a
tourist, the LIL' JAMES Family Adventurer packages offer all of the
amenities of the regular program plus four tickets to Chicago
Children's Museum, milk and cookie turndown service and a jump rope
designed specifically for children. The concierge will arrange and
recommend other city attractions and museum tickets upon request.
In good weather, families may opt for a complimentary bicycle as
the preferred method of transportation.
Bottom line? Don't let your little one (or even
not-so little ones) miss the LIL' JAMES program for an experience
they will not soon forget.
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