Traveling with kids is stressful. Their little legs get tired, the attention span is fleeting and teenagers can be a general pain in the keister on the road. Finding the right hotel can make the belly-aching better.
Many hotels offer welcome bags to help keep kids entertained or offer discounts to local museums. Book a hotel with an indoor pool and you've won half the battle. Well, maybe a quarter depending upon how challenging your offspring can be.
If you are looking for luxury, try the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the city's two top family hotels. The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel offers an unheard of 25-lap outdoor pool with a twin version indoors. The boutique-style Hotel Palomar provides a Baby Butler easing travel with infants. If you're more budget conscious, Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown, Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown or Omni Chicago Hotel might be better bets (and they're suites)!
Here are some top kid-friendly hotel recommendations in downtown Chicago as well as the new Great Wolf Lodge Illinois offering attractions, dining, accommodations and entertainment inside and outside of the water park, that appeal to both children and parents.