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6 Kid-Friendly Hotels in Chicago and the Amenities They'll Love

Local writer Samantha Lande takes you through the top six kid-friendly hotels in Chicago and the amenities little ones will love.

Traveling with kids can sometimes be a challenging venture. Embrace the chaos and find a hotel that’s not only kid-friendly but goes above and beyond to cater to the smaller set.

Chicago is a great city for traveling with little ones with hotels across the city featuring kid-friendly amenities. We aren’t talking about just a place with a pool, these Chicago hotels roll out the red carpet for these kids with perks enviable for adults. From milk and cookies at turndown to a baby butler, here are six kid-friendly hotels in Chicago hotels.

Have a Ball with Your Doll

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At the Omni Hotel, you’re right in the middle of Magnificent Mile, close to all of the great shopping and city energy that comes with that. It’s a great spot for kids, in close proximity to places like Dylan’s Candy Bar, The LEGO store, and of course, the mega-store American Girl Doll. The hotel itself capitalizes on the American Girl experience that little girls love with the perfect American Girl package.

Little ones can expect a Sugar and Sweet candy display on the night of arrival, milk and cookies at turndown, an Omni doll bathrobe and either an American Girl® PJ set, book and fold-out bed or a Bitty Baby blanket and PJs. Mom and dad will appreciate the free valet parking and a breakfast buffet that comes with. Plus all of the hotel rooms are suites, making it one of the more spacious places in the city for families.

Don’t fret if your kids aren’t into dolls. The Omni loves their “kid crew” and kids immediately feel important upon check-in when they receive a backpack filled with games, activity books, stickers and more. Night one also gets them a delivery of milk and cookies to enjoy.

Hotel Omni Chicago

Top rated
Chicago, 1.1 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
8.8 Excellent (5220 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.7 / 10
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A Room Just For Them

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At the Swissotel, they’re all about catering to the kids. In fact, they even offer a kids suite! This two-room suite offers one room for the parents and the other for kids. The kids’ space is filled with games, books, and toys suited to their age group, and the colorful bedding will make them feel right at home. The whole family can enjoy a free in-room movie along with a special movie theatre snack as well.

If the suite isn’t in your budget, no worries. The hotel will still provide special amenities like the bath one mentioned above, or Sweet Kids, sweet treats delivered to your room like brownies, cookies, and M & Ms. For a healthier choice, there is also the choice of crudité with peanut butter, light cheese, nuts & fruit.

Swissotel Chicago

Chicago, 0.6 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
8.3 Very good (15524 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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Little Luxuries

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At the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, it’s hard not to feel like you stepped into the land of luxury, even for kids. The fun for the kiddos starts at check-in where they receive a special step stool to climb up and check themselves in. They’ll then receive a “Sammy the Skyscraper” passport where they can visit different parts of the hotel and earn stamps towards free ice cream. Finally, they get to pick a toy out of the treasure chest.

Head to the 32nd floor to the Kids’ Club room that’s filled with every game they could desire from Nintendo Wii to foosball and air hockey, plus books and toys. For swim time, the indoor pool has plenty of noodles and floaties for them to splash around with. The concierge is at your service as a family, offering VIP tickets to some of the best attractions around the city like the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. For kids who really like it luxe, there’s a kid shoe shine complete with new shoelaces and a Four Seasons charm, and kid-sized robes in the spa.

And if you truly want to take it the next level, The Family Fun in the city package includes all of the above plus a visit from the ice cream man one afternoon, a soda and popcorn delivery one of the days, free breakfast and free kids meals at Allium, the hotel restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Top rated
Chicago, 1.4 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.5 Excellent (5151 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.7 / 10
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A Stress Free Stay

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Traveling with babies or really young kids is often especially stressful because these pint-sized people require so much gear. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in River North hotel wants to ease that stress with their Baby Butler. The butler will be at your service to buy any disposable baby products you need (diapers, formula, and so on) and have them ready in your room. The hotel also has a partnership with a popular baby brand (4moms) so parents have access to things they normally wouldn’t in a hotel like a playpen, changing table, and a swing. They’ll also hook you up with outlet covers and toilet latches to keep the room safe, and a humidifier or sound machine if you need.

Once you have the necessities covered, indulge in a meal at Sable Kitchen. Parents can enjoy a cocktail with their meal and kids have their own menu (plus high chairs and boosters). Finally, take a swim year-round in the heated indoor pool–a luxury in the middle of a Chicago winter, for sure.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago

Top rated
Chicago, 0.8 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.0 Excellent (2695 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Ideal Location

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The Fairmont Chicago is an ideal spot to stay when you want to get out and explore the city. Whether it’s Millennium Park for ice skating or concert going, Maggie Daley Park to experience one of the coolest playgrounds, or the Field Museum, you’re in the right place to experience the city’s best attractions.

The Fairmont offers an ongoing package that caters to families looking to explore the city. You pick your destination of choice and they take care of all of the logistics for you. At all the hotel restaurants kids eat for free, so rest assured you won’t have any issues with your picky eaters. If you’re looking for a night out at one of the hot city restaurants, the hotel is happy to help find you a babysitter as well.

Fairmont Chicago

Top rated
Chicago, 0.5 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
8.5 Excellent (4912 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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Activities For All

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At The Langham Hotel, there are so many different activities for kids that you’re bound to find something for everyone. Visit the Kid’s Suite for tons of toys, games and arts and crafts. Interested in movies? No problem. The hotel has a movie room that you can rent out complete with 3D movies on request.

Little foodies are also taken care of. The onsite restaurant, Travelle, offers an extensive kids’ menu that has dishes like mini blueberry pancakes for breakfast, prime beef sliders for lunch and freshly baked cookies for dessert. They also offer afternoon tea where kids get their own special tea menu with mini sandwiches and desserts tailored just to them.

If your kid is into something else entirely, just let the concierge know. They are sure to come up with a unique adventure that any child would love.

The Langham

Top rated
Chicago, 0.6 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.8 Excellent (5741 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.7 / 10
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Feature photo courtesy of Ranvestel Photographic, Choose Chicago