Traveling with kids can be difficult. Finding the right hotel can make all the difference. Don't let the idea of a family vacation time intimidate you. It's important for the entire family to have fun, especially the parents.
To make things easier, many hotels offer welcome bags to help keep kids entertained or offer discounts to local museums. More importantly, every family-friendly Chicago hotel on this list, except for Hotel Lincoln–which is near Lake Michigan and North Avenue Beach–has a pool to help tire the kids out.
If you are looking for luxury, try the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Trump International Hotel & Tower or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. For five-star amenities for three-star prices, consider the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, which offers an unheard of 25-lap outdoor pool with twin version indoors. The boutique-style Hotel Palomar means kids get a goldfish in their room and other unusual extras. If you're more budget conscious, the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/River North, Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown or Omni Chicago Hotel might be better bets.
Here are some kid-friendly hotel recommendations from local parents who have stayed in downtown Chicago and other city experts.
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