Let’s face it: Chicagoans are spoiled. We have the best food, world-class attractions and beautiful landmarks. Unfortunately, life, the weather and traffic on the Kennedy often get in the way of appreciating the city for all that it has to offer. So this summer, make it a priority to carve out time for a staycation right in the heart of the city. Worried the kiddos will get bored? Not with these hotels. From a special “dive-in” movie series to a personal ice cream man and a baby butler, here’s how to see the Windy City, family-style.
At the Four Seasons, kids are treated like VIPs from the moment they arrive, where they get to choose a special “welcome amenity” from the treasure chest at check-in. Throughout their stay, they’ll receive an in-room visit from the ice cream man, and they’ll have a Kids Club on the 32nd floor, where they can play games like foosball, air hockey and Nintendo Wii, or chill special access out and watch a family-friendly movie. Heading to the pool? The Four Seasons will provide special pool toys and floaties just for your kiddos to use. Looking to go out on the town? The hotel provides access to VIP tickets to the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.
120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago
Every Saturday night through Labor Day, the historic indoor pool at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile comes alive with a Saturday Night Splash “Dive-In” movie night for kids, featuring classic, family-friendly summer films (“Captain Underpants,” “Brave,” “Minions,” etc.). Beginning at sunset, the little ones can grab a bag of freshly-popped popcorn, and get comfy on a complimentary floaty before enjoying a feature film on the hotel’s 80-foot jumbo screen. The hotel also offers a “Family Fun Pack,” which comes with a complimentary breakfast for kids, plush lion, coloring books and more.
505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Perfect for new moms, Hotel Palomar offers rooms complete with the essentials for babies, ranging from a humidifier and sound machine to a nightlight and outlet covers. They even provide a complimentary “Baby Butler service” that’ll deliver items like diapers (regular and swim), diaper cream, wipes, over-the-counter medicine and pacifiers straight to your room. Looking for a private night on the town? Hotel Palomar will set you up with an accredited babysitter.
505 N. State St., Chicago
Perfect for staycationers, the Lowes Chicago Hotel offers a “Chicago Discovery Family Package,” designed to keep kids entertained and parents engaged while navigating the windy city’s top tourist destinations. Upon arrival, kids will receive a “discovery kit,” which comes with a backpack and the essentials, like a water bottle, sunglasses and a compass. Kids can stay busy by following interactive scavenger hunt that takes them the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, and more. Once back in the hotel, they can document their adventures in explorer journals provided by Loews, and unwind with milk and cookies delivered straight to their room.
455 N. Park Drive, Chicago
Kids who stay at the Omni Chicago Hotel will automatically be part of the Omni Kids Crew program, which provides special perks for the youngest guests. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack filled with fun items like card games, binoculars and an activity book. The hotel also offers other packages designed for kids, like the American Girl Place Package, which includes an American Girl PJ set, book and fold-out bed for a doll, and the Summer in the City Package, complete with a gift card to Gino’s Pizzeria and tickets to TILT at the John Hancock Tower.
676 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Parents, rejoice! Families with little ones can opt for a separate, adjoining room for their kids which provides them with all of the toys and entertainment they could ever want (and a nice “time out” for mom and dad). The hotel staff will set up the kid’s room with age-appropriate options based on your child’s age, which may include board games, stuffed animals, books, video games and coloring books. Kids can also fall asleep to a complimentary in-room movie, and wake up with a free breakfast.
323 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
All guests at The Langham Chicago have complimentary access to two very fun common-area suites that the kids will go crazy for. First, the Kid’s Suite, a brightly colored play space which houses baby toys, board games, video games and an art station. Then, there’s the Cinema Suite – the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Featuring a 111-inch screen and plush, reclining chairs, families can choose a movie and order popcorn and snacks.
330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago knows the golden formula — happy kids equals happy parents. That’s why they’ve designed hotel stays for families with kids in mind. When they check-in, kids will be greeted at the Front Desk by Peter Bear, the lovable mascot of the hotel, who will provide a wagon of sweet treats (candy, cookies, popcorn) to choose from. Throughout their stay, they’ll be treated like VIK’s (very important kids), with in-room video games, children’s spa services and they can even take a Little Bakers pasty class with a real chef, where they’ll decorate cakes, cookies and more.
108 E. Superior Street, Chicago
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