Chicago Hotels Well Suited for Kids and Families

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.



The brand was way ahead of other hotel chains in terms of welcoming families when it launched Loews Loves Kids years ago. The initiative ranges from child-proofing kits for families with kids under four to family specific packages. Loews Chicago...  Read More



Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, offers a convenient location in the heart of downtown Chicago and just steps from Millennium Park, as well as programming year round for families. In the winter there are specials for ice skating at nearby...  Read More



The only all-suite hotel located on Michigan Ave., the Omni Chicago completed an $11 million renovation in 2015. Suites have an elegant parlor separated by classic French doors and some have pull out sofa beds as well. The location is ideal...  Read More



Gurnee is home to serious outlet mall shopping, Six Flags Great America and the first Great Wolf Lodge property in the state. It features an 80,000 square-foot water park with family slides, wave pool, toddler water play area and an outdoor...  Read More

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago


This pet-friendly, gorgeous hotel located near Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile is ideally located for families aiming to explore the major landmarks of Chicago. What kid wouldn't go gaga over rooftop swimming and parents can lounge in...  Read More



It may be counterintuitive but the Ritz-Carlton is actually great for families. Located in Water Tower Place, it's walking distance to Oak Street Beach, American Girl Place and many other attractions. What the property offers inside, however,...  Read More



The elegantly luxe Four Seasons has stepped up its kids' game in the past few years. When children check-in, they fill out their "registration" (name, age and promise to have fun) and get a Sammy the Skyscraper passport. During their stay, kids...  Read More



The property, one block from the Red Line subway and the Magnificent Mile, is all about two-bedroom suites, a fully-equipped kitchen with a two-burner stove, dishwasher and microwave. You can save a lot of money and aggravation when traveling...  Read More



The Hotel Palomar Chicago features a heated indoor pool on the 17th floor and, a seasonal rooftop sundeck for lolling. The property hosts PIXAR movies on select Fridays throughout the summer at 8pm on the outdoor terrace. For families...  Read More

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
Photo courtesy of Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown


No matter what room you book, you always get a two-room suite so the 'rents can send their kids to bed while they close the door and hang out in their room's separate lounge area. Included in the budget-friendly hotel price is a free...  Read More


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