Hard Rock Hotel
There's something to be said for playing tourist in
your own backyard, and the best place to set up housekeeping just
happens to be the very welcoming Hard Rock
A hotel that prides itself on a good vibe, the super-friendly
Hard Rock staff put us in a hip corner room on The Who floor
overlooking spectacular Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue. The
hotel's spot on Michigan Avenue is perfect, placing so much within
We used it as home base as we shopped along Michigan Avenue and
State Street, listened to the street performers wailing on their
saxophones and banging on their bucket drums, and hit Chicago pizza
staple Giordano's to fill our
tummies with deep-dish pizza. We ended the night watching the big
screen TV from the super comfy beds and munching Garrett Popcorn's Chicago
Hard Rock Concierge Scott Thompson knows his city. We put
him to the test the next morning, asking him to create a
family-friendly day for us that included music. He was eager to
But first, breakfast. Based on his recommendation, we hit Wildberry, for the
most amazing breakfast of Oreo s'mores pancakes and red velvet
French toast. It's within walking distance of the hotel. He warned
us to be prepared to wait, but it is definitely worth it.
We burned off the calories romping around Millennium Park
across the street.
To fill out the musical component, Thompson directed us to Buddy Guy's Legends, which
hosts acoustic music open to all ages during lunch hours
Wednesday-Sunday and dinner hours. Best to call ahead before
heading over just to double-check.
Plus, the Hard Rock Hotel is its own little musical trip.
Grab the directory from the room and visit each of the 21 floors to
check out the memorabilia. It's encouraged. The kids thought it was
huge fun to end the day checking out the artists' outfits and
Don't forget to take advantage of the downloadable playlist Hard
Rock offers as a reminder of the stay. Now when a song on the
playlist comes over the car's speakers, the kids start talking
about the fun they had at the hotel and their "see Chicago like a
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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