The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Chicago

There's plenty for the kids to do at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago
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17 November 2020

If you’re planning a family trip to Chicago, book into one of the Windy City’s top family-friendly hotels. The best offer extra-large rooms with handy amenities like cribs and highchairs, as well as kids’ clubs and heated pools.

Taking a family trip to Chicago? The Windy City is full of attractions for the whole clan, including parks, museums and the striking Centennial Wheel. To make the most of your trip, check into one of these top family-friendly hotels in Chicago for spacious rooms and child-friendly amenities such as heated pools, kids’ clubs and self-catering facilities.

The Blackstone, Autograph Collection

Hotel
4.5/5 (877 Reviews)
The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
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Price Drop
Now from $141 per night
Stay at the historical Blackstone, once the tallest building in Chicago, which has hosted film stars and presidents. The hotel dates back to 1910 and has French Beaux-Arts architecture that has been fully restored. Families will appreciate the central location on Michigan Avenue, which is within walking distance of the city’s key sites such as Grant Park. Roomy suites work well for families, with views of Lake Michigan and the park.
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The Whitehall Hotel

Independent Hotel
4/5 (3051 Reviews)
The Whitehall Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $88 per night
This four-star boutique hotel offers another slice of Chicago history. Famous names have stayed at The Whitehall, from Katharine Hepburn to The Beatles. The hotel is conveniently located on Delaware Place near Michigan Avenue and boasts vintage décor including chandeliers, wood panelling and artwork. Family-friendly suites feature plush seating areas, Egyptian cotton bedding and room service for hungry kids.
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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Hotel
4.8/5 (1257 Reviews)
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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Price Drop
Now from $375 per night
The lavish Trump Hotel and Tower is one of the best family hotels in Chicago. A stellar Trump Kids service includes a welcome gift, children’s food and spa menus, board games, DVDs and colouring books. You can also request a nanny service, cribs and rollaway beds, plus the bathroom is stocked with no-tears products. Each room has a kitchen and there’s a heated pool, as well as a popular kids’ club to keep the little ones entertained.
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Hotel Essex Chicago

Hotel
4.3/5 (1128 Reviews)
Hotel Essex Chicago
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Price Drop
Now from $101 per night
Hotel Essex lies across from Grant Park and close to all the restaurants and shops on Michigan Avenue. Set in the original building that housed the Essex Inn, the hotel now has a contemporary ambience with a sky bar, fitness centre, rooftop garden and classy bistro. Child-friendly amenities include a pool, cribs, family suites and a shuttle service to tourist sites. Enjoy views of the park and lake from sparkling floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Claridge House

Hotel
4.2/5 (793 Reviews)
Claridge House
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Price Drop
Now from $82 per night
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Claridge House offers chic comfort for families. There’s a quiet, peaceful vibe with pillowtop beds, Netflix on the flat-screen TVs and spa-like showers. Handy features include in-room fridges and a pet-friendly policy if you need to bring the family dog along. Adults can head to the opulent Gold Coast Spa for a relaxing treatment.
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  • Ritz-Carlton Chicago

    Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Luxury
    4.6/5 (982 Reviews)
    Ritz-Carlton Chicago
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    Price Drop
    Now from $436 per night
    Expect typical, top-notch Ritz-Carlton service at this Chicago branch, which shows off views of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier and city. Children will love the Ritz Kids’ Club, welcome toy and candy cart that delivers to your room. Useful facilities for families include cribs and children’s menus at the hotel’s Italian steakhouse, as well as cute child-size robes and kids’ toiletries. Rollaway beds are available for an extra fee and there’s an indoor pool.
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    Loews Chicago Hotel

    Suite Hotel
    4.6/5 (1399 Reviews)
    Loews Chicago Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $126 per night
    Loews is one of the chicest hotels in the city, with a glassy exterior, local artwork and minimalist rooms. It’s also great for families, set in a quiet area near the river and lakefront, with rooms that have sitting areas and floor-to-ceiling windows. Kids under 18 stay free at Loews and there are complimentary cribs, rollaway beds and baby bath kits as well as PS3s and pool toys to keep kids occupied.
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    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

    Luxury
    4.6/5 (1684 Reviews)
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
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    Price Drop
    Now from $146 per night
    Shaped like a prism, the Sofitel Chicago lies on Magnificent Mile and is one of the city’s most stand-out skyscrapers. The building was designed by architect Jean-Paul Viguier and retains the hotel brand’s French legacy, evident in its artwork and award-winning restaurant menu, which includes options for children. Picture high ceilings and granite floors, feather-top beds and views of the John Hancock Center. Kids under 12 receive a free breakfast, plus cribs and rollaway beds are available on request.
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    The Talbott

    Boutique Hotel, Luxury
    4.4/5 (989 Reviews)
    The Talbott Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $127 per night
    The Talbott Hotel is steeped in elegance, set in a 1920s building that was once variously a laundromat, jazz club and swanky apartment building. Named for the flashy Talbot-Lago sports car, the 16-floor hotel is just three minutes from Michigan Avenue and was recently renovated, refurbishing its retro fixtures. There’s a spa and restaurant, as well as 178 rooms that can accommodate extra beds and cribs for kids. The Talbott’s American Girl Spirit Package for kids includes cupcakes and toys.
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    Virgin Hotels Chicago

    Hotel
    4.6/5 (1204 Reviews)
    Virgin Hotels Chicago
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    Price Drop
    Now from $155 per night
    Brought to you by Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, this unusual hotel is located in the busy Loop district. The art deco building, which was formerly home to the Old Dearborn Bank, has an elaborate carved façade and red-carpeted staircase. Modern touches for families include Miss Ricky’s Diner and in-room mini fridges. Rooms have separate sleeping and living areas and pets are welcome, with dog beds supplied.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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