Chicago hotels perfectly suited for kids and families



Traveling with kids can be difficult. Finding the right hotel can make all the difference.

To make things easier, many hotels offer welcome bags to help keep kids entertained or offer discounts to local museums. More importantly, many of the hotels on this list have an indoor pool to help tire the kids out. 

If you are looking for luxury, try the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the city's two top family hotels. 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. 


This landmark Magnificent Mile hotel is famous for its 1920s, Gatsby-era architecture. It's especially popular with traveling families because of its reasonable prices and its huge, Junior Olympics-sized indoor swimming pool on the 14th floor....  Read More


Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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The hotel owned by the President of the United States treats kids like dignitaries. At check-in, kids get a "welcome pack," that includes age-appropriate goodies like a stuffed animal, coloring book or hat. Other pluses include kiddie cocktails,...  Read More


Omni Chicago Hotel
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The Omni Chicago completed an $11 million renovation in 2015, updating the popular all-suites hotel along the Magnificent Mile. The spacious two-room suites are perfect for families visiting the nearby American Girl Place. There's a special...  Read More


Residence Inn Chicago Downtown / River North
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The Residence Inn chain, which has a few downtown locations, is a good value for families. Parents like the one bedroom apartment-style suites that include a king size bed that is in a separate room from a fully equipped kitchen and a pullout...  Read More


Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
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This modern hotel located near Millennium Park is a hidden gem, especially for sport enthusiasts. (Think 5-star amenities for 3-star prices.) There's an 8,000 square foot fitness facility that includes a 25-yard lap pool. Outdoors, there's a...  Read More


Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
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Let the kids "babysit" a goldfish through Palomar Chicago's popular "Guppy Love Program." The goldfish will be brought to the room and the children can take care of it for the duration of their stay. This modern, boutique Kimpton hotel also has...  Read More


Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
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There are a half-dozen Hampton Inn & Suites around downtown Chicago, and they're all clean, comfortable, no-frills, and have free Wi-Fi and a large, complimentary hot breakfast buffet. It's one of the best values for families traveling to...  Read More


Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
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Parents love this hotel because no matter what room you book, you always get a two-room suite. That means mom and dad can send their kids to bed while they close the door and hang out in their room's separate lounge area. Included in the...  Read More


Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
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After swimming in the 83-degree skylit indoor pool, kids can have the "Ice Cream Man" visit the room for make-your-own sundaes. Teens can take a complimentary pizza-making class. These are among the family-friendly offerings at this luxury...  Read More


The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
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Families visiting Chicago love the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Located in the Water Tower Place mall on Michigan Avenue, in the hub of downtown's most touristy area, it's walking distance to Oak Street Beach, American Girl Place, the John Hancock...  Read More


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Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.

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