Hotels for Kids in Chicago, Illinois

by Laura Latzko

Visitors who go to Chicago have a choice of family hotels that include luxury hotels on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and budget hotels in Chicago’s suburbs. People staying with children can find hotels near major sports facilities, such as Wrigley Field and the United Center. Many hotels also sit close to the city’s zoos, boardwalk, astronomy museum, children’s museum or children’s theater. Hotels in different parts of Chicago offer amenities for families, such as indoor swimming pools and hot tubs.

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Lincoln Park Area

Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood features a diversity of boutiques, cafes, bookstores and theaters. It is also home to Lincoln Park Zoo, which features opportunities for children to interact with goats, cows and ponies. Lincoln Park area hotels offer families amenities such as spas with salons, concierge services or daily breakfasts of hot foods such as waffles. Guest rooms, suites or apartments in neighborhood hotels come with bathrobes, complimentary cookies, Jacuzzi tubs, mini bars with snack items or flat-panel TVs. The Best Western Hawthorne Terrace provides guests with free bottled water. At the Belden-Stratford Apartments hotel, people can eat at a bistro-style restaurant with dishes for children, such as hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken tenders.

Loop Area Hotels

The downtown “Loop” area, Chicago’s business center, has historic buildings from the 1800s. The Loop, which features Chicago River, is home to Millennium Park, a public park that hosts live concerts. Many hotels in the Loop area have guest rooms and suites that come with living rooms with easy chairs, entertainment centers, dining room tables with chairs for four people, views of the Chicago River or Lake Michigan or multiple bathrooms. The Hotel Palomar Chicago provides robes with animals and milk and cookies for children staying at the hotel. Loop-area hotels offer other amenities such as daily “mocktail” drinks for children, fine-dining restaurants with children’s menus, strollers, yoga programs, convenience stores, children’s coloring areas, fast food restaurants or book stores. For families, the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District has packages with tickets to Broadway shows, the Chicago’s Children’s Museum or the Field Museum.

Magnificent Mile Area

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, an area on Michigan Avenue, serves as a popular place to go shopping because of its eight-level mall and shopping complexes, which include upscale stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Bloomindales. The Magnificent Mile is home to live music venues and art museums. The Magnificent Mile features luxury hotels that offer spas with steam rooms and hot tubs, Chicago-style pizza restaurants, bicycle-rental services or restaurants with outdoor terraces. Hotel rooms, suites and apartments in Magnificent Mile hotels have amenities such as DVD players, multiple sofas or dining room tables with chairs for up to six family members. For adults and children, penthouses at The James Chicago hotel come with bathtubs equipped with built-in TVs. The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower offers packages for families that include buffet-style meals at the hotel’s French restaurant.

O’Hare International Airport Area

O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the United States, sits close to Schiller Park, a village with an outdoor water park. Many hotels near the airport are located within a short drive of Chicago’s theater district, where visitors can see Broadway shows. Hotels near the airport have amenities such as airport shuttle services, dog beds, car-rental services, gift shops with magazines and books, 24-hour fitness centers or dry-cleaning services. Guest rooms and suites in area hotels feature LCD TVs, living room areas with coffee tables, access to private lounge areas with snacks and breakfast items or balconies. The Hyatt Regency O’Hare has a formula delivery service, through which families can have baby formula shipped to the hotel during their stays. Inside rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center, guests can watch Starz movie channels.

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