3 great Chicago staycation hotels for families

These three hotels are great for families and within walking distance to some of the city's best attractions.

 

Chicago is a tourism mecca, yet so many longtime residents have never experienced the city as a visitor would. The key to creating a true staycation: Get the family out of the house for a weekend (or longer!) and try one of these amazing hotels within walking distance of some of Chicago's best attractions.

 
 

The Intercontinental Chicago

Situated conveniently on Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, this gorgeously restored property offers a host of packages for families, including the aptly named Steakation, which includes a $100 gift certificate to the Michael Jordan Steakhouse inside the hotel.

Kids will love the ornate, lively indoor pool and parents can get pampered at the adjacent spa.

If the adults can steal away for an evening, visit The Purple Pig across the street, a Mediterranean-inspired foodie paradise.

 
 

Palmer House Hilton

Kids will feel like royalty at the historic Palmer House, which welcomes children with its Peacock Club program. Their own personal concierge will take special requests for snacks, books or movies to have waiting for the family. Upon check-in, a goodie-filled backpack provides mini travelers with fun activities. In the room they are greeted with a pint-sized robe (the coziest on the planet!), slippers, bath toys and a stuffed peacock.

The picturesque Lockwood restaurant offers kids 6 and under free breakfast. Another bonus: the hotel is steps away from Millennium Park.

 
 

Hotel Lincoln

Rather stay in a neighborhood instead of downtown? Then the Hotel Lincoln, across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo, is the place.This newly opened hip hotel, decked out with original works from local artists, is a breath of fresh air with quirky decor like its check-in desk made of drawers.

Opt for a family suite, furnished with a king-sized bed, a separate sleeping area with bunk beds and two bathrooms.

Just can't bear to leave your pooch or kitty at home? Not a problem. Hotel Lincoln is pet-friendly.

 
 

Six staycation nights in Chicago to save your sanity this winter

Hibernating at home during a Chicago winter with little kids can get old really quickly. So we decided to spend six days and nights hibernating in Chicago-area hotels instead.

The rules were simple: Test each hotel to see if it's possible to entertain two small kids and keep your sanity without stepping outside. Not only did we keep our sanity, but we had a blast doing it.

 
 
 







 
 
 
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