Get ready to discover your new home away from home — and luckily you won’t need to go far to find it! With amazing amenities, like requesting a Wii console delivered to your room or going behind the scenes in the kitchen to make your own pizza, you’ll be lucky if you can get your kids to check out of these hotels during your next staycation. Read through our picks for Chitown kid-centric hotel amenities that would make even Eloise green with envy.
photo: Four Seasons Kids Clubroom
Four Seasons Hotel
Why we love them: Ice cream man who makes in-room sundaes & fun daily dessert specials
Who wouldn’t want to be a kid at the Four Seasons Hotel? Mini hotel guests get to pick from the toy chest before even going to their room. They also have special just-for-them, in-room amenities like tot-sized robes, cookies and milk and coloring books. Ask the Ice Cream Man to stop by the room to make the sundae of your dreams or check out the Kids Clubroom, packed with toys and games for kids of all ages. With a 50-foot indoor pool that was in Home Alone 2 and a concierge team that will create a personalized itinerary for each family, you won’t have time for anything but fun.
120 E. Delaware Pl.
photo: Intercontinental Chicago
Why we love them: Garrett’s Popcorn delivered right to the room? Need we say more?
The InterContinental might know your kids better than you. The Kids Be Our Guest Kid-Friendly Package will have them excited to stay and begging to come back. With Nintendo Wii consoles which can be borrowed and installed in your room before check-in, along with a variety of games to pick from, in-room movies, Mike Jordan gear, cookies, cupcakes, Goose Island soda and Garrett’s Popcorn delivered right to the room, a deck of cards to take with them anywhere the family goes, there are almost too many ways for kids to have fun at the InterContinental — not that there is such a thing.
505 N. Michigan Ave.
photo: Langham Kid’s Suite
Why we love them: Kid’s Suite, a playroom just for kids & a 12-seat cinema showing kid flicks
Warning: Your family is going to want to make this place your home away from home because the Langham gets kids. Kids receive a Langham Bear that comes in a cute little backpack and can hang about in the Kid’s Suite, the hotel’s playroom just for kids. The play space has everything from video games to board games, Lincoln Logs to mini electric guitars, and if that’s not enough, there’s a 12-seat cinema suite that can be reserved in 3-hour blocks up until 9 p.m. Check out the indoor swimming pool with family changing rooms and showers. Of course, there are kid-friendly menus throughout the hotel so picky eaters are welcome.
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Why we love them: Location, location, location
The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park embraces a family’s need for space with their Family Moments package, which allows guests to book a second adjoining room for 50% off the regular rate. If you’re cool with sharing one room, they also offer a Weekend Escape package that offers 50% off your second night’s stay or if you stay 2 nights, the 3rd is free. While Jurassic World is calling The Field Museum home, The Fairmont is also offering a deal which includes 2 free tickets to the exhibit included in your stay, starting at $185/night. If you want to get the skinny on other things to do while you’re at The Field, read our story: 13 Reasons to Visit The Field Museum Now.
The best part? The hotel is just steps from Chicago’s world-renowned museums, restaurants, and of course, Millennium Park, were your kids can take an obligatory Chicagoan Bean selfie.
200 N. Columbus Dr.
Why we love them: Backpacks full of fun activities & American Girl Doll package
The Omni knows how to make kids feel special. At check-in, kids are presented with a backpack overflowing an activity book with stickers, crayons, 2-in-1 card games, binoculars and a small tabletop game. They also receive milk and cookies on the first night of their stay or make memories by booking the American Girl Place Package. The American Girl Place Package includes a set of doll pajamas and slippers, an American Girl doll bed so AG has her own place to rest in the hotel room, an American Girl book reading, a personal shopping experience at the American Girl Place Store, cookies and milk turndown service and much more.
676 N. Michigan Ave.
photo: Loews Chicago Hotel
Loews Chicago and Chicago O’Hare Hotels
Why we love them: Kids Closet packed full of toys, electronics to borrow & child-proofing kits
Loews loves kids, but they obviously love parents too. Their signature Loews Loves Kids program is designed to make overnights fun with a complimentary activity book, a “Kids Closet” full of toys, books, car seats, strollers, nightlights and self-contained DVD players with age-appropriate DVDS. Parents appreciate the healthy options on their kid-friendly menu, the cribs and roll-away beds that can be delivered to the room, child-proof kits for families with children under 4 and babysitting which can be arranged by the concierge. Need more? This winter, try Loews Chicago’s Snowed Inn package, which helps you stay cozy on blistery cold days with hot cocoa, cookies, an in-room movie, and a popup tent and campfire set for kids to enjoy. If you prefer to stay in the ‘burbs, be sure to read our story about all the fun that can be had in Rosemont: Howdy, Hello! Let’s Get to Know Rosemont.
Room rates are available upon request.
455 N. Park Dr.
5300 N. River Rd.
Hilton Chicago O’Hare
Why we love them: Location next to the airport, which means you can start your vacation early
Make getting to the airport for those early flights a whole lot easier — and majorly affordable. On top of being directly connected to Chicago O’Hare’s domestic terminals thru underground walkways, so you don’t have to deal with iffy Chicago weather, you also get spacious studio suites with a large sitting area, king bed and sofa bed, 42-inch HDTV, mini-bar, WiFi and on-demand movies and video games. Worried about trying to catch some z’s so close to the runway? Sound-resistant windows and blackout drapes will help with all that, so you can arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at your final destination.
O’Hare International Airport
10000 W. O’Hare Ave.
photo: Graduate Hotel, Camp Wandawega Suite
Graduate Hotel Madison
Why we love them: Super cool vintage summer camp vibe
This is stretching the staycation notion a bit, but we promise the short drive to Madison, WI will be worth it when you see what Graduate Hotels has to offer. Last summer, they teamed up with Camp Wandawega and Land of Nod to create their own Camp Wandawega inspired suite. Never heard of Camp Wandawega? What began as a speakeasy in the 1920s in now . . . well, basically an adult summer camp. All the charm of this retreat that features a fleet of vintage bikes, fishing boats, archery, a swimming beach and so much more is all rolled up into the Camp Wandawega suite in Madison. The suite features a large main room with an entertainment area, sleeping area with king bed and a workstation, as well as an adjoining semi-private kids room with bunk beads and a library stocked with summer camp-themed movies. Original camp artifacts such as an antique troopmaster hat, custom Sanborn canoe paddles, and Fairibault Woolen Mills blankets, as well as Camp Wandawega for Nod accents and décor are found throughout the space.
601 Langdon St.
If you’re looking to do a tour de museums to stay busy on your no-fly vacation, consider looking into a CityPass, which makes the endeavor significantly cheaper for a family.
Do you and your family have a favorite Chicago staycation destination? Share in the Comments!
—Maria Chambers & Jo Aaron