Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for Families in Chicago

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. 

Omni Chicago Hotel
Photo courtesy of Omni Chicago Hotel

Families love this all-suite hotel that offers spacious two-room suites with wet bars (and mini-fridges upon request). For larger families, request a superior corner or premium suite, which have a sleeper sofa in the separate living area....  Read More

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
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This River North location is three blocks west of Michigan Avenue's Mag Mile. Parents love this hotel because no matter what room you book, you'll always get a two-room suite. That means mom and dad can send their kids to bed while they hang out...  Read More

Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown / River North

Parents like the one bedroom apartment-style suites that include a king size bed that is in a separate room from a full kitchen and a pullout couch. There's an indoor pool and whirlpool(6 a.m.-11 p.m.), a 24-hour fitness center and families can...  Read More

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown

This is a clean, comfortable, no-frills kind of place. Located in River North this Hampton offers a pool (6 a.m.-10 p.m.), hot tub and sauna. Many parents opt for a suite, with a separate kitchen/living area. Like all Hamptons, this property...  Read More

Hotel Lincoln
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Head North into Lincoln Park for this small, quaint, eclectic hotel that is steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Museum, Steppenwolf Theater and Second City, Chicago's world-renown comedy and improv theatre. Rooms are on the smaller...  Read More

Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
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Want to rent a fish? Here's the place to do it. Kids love the "Guppy Love Program" where a goldfish is delivered and cared for during your stay. At check-in, kids also received a draw-string bag with items like a coloring book, towel and...  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 half basketball court and 25-yard lap...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
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Located in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue, this Four Seasons is located in the heart of upscale shopping, including the American Girl Place. Families looking for luxury love the four lane indoor lap pool (specific children's hours,...  Read More

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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With its location on the Chicago River and close proximity to Michigan Avenue, Trump Tower has one of the best views of Chicago's skyline. At check-in, kids get a "welcome pack," that includes age-appropriate goodies like a stuffed animal,...  Read More

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
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This top-rated Chicago hotel offers luxury that is hard to find. There's a 50-foot indoor swimming pool (open 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; adults only 9-11 p.m.) plus a whirlpool, saunas and steam rooms. Parents love the Kids Clubroom (9 a.m.-9 p.m., daily)...  Read More


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