If you’re taking a trip with the family to Chicago and are looking for the best places to stay that are both family-friendly and suitable for all ages, then this guide is for you.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at the best family hotels in Chicago, IL.
1. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago – River North
One of the most well-known hotels in the entire Windy City, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is a real gem as far as family lodging options in Chi-Town go.
Ninety-two stories tall, this hotel offers one-of-a-kind views of the River North district of Chicago including North Michigan Venue and the Loop in the area of the Chicago River. The rooms have ceiling-to-floor windows as well, making the view even more enjoyable.
Speaking of the hotel rooms, they are some of the most comfortable, spacious, and prestigious in the entire city. Each unit includes a large 65-inch flat-screen TV with cable channels, a beautiful full-size bathroom with limestone decor and deep tub, and comfortable luxury furniture.
The iconic hotel features an on-site restaurant, Terrace 16, a bar, outdoor terrace (overlooking Lake Michigan and the Chicago River), a 75-foot indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and so much more.
The hotel is conveniently located within less than a five-minute walking distance to entertainment venues, tourist attractions, restaurants, and novelty shops. For those who want to see Chicago’s Navy Pier, it’s a short two-mile drive away.
2. Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile – East Chestnut Street
Another tall hotel, the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile is 32-story high glass and steel prism with an excellent view of the skyline, including Lake Michigan. However, before reading further, know that this hotel is a completely smoke-free location.
The hotel is located within a few short minutes walking or driving distance from many of the city’s most famous attractions and shops, making it a great lodging option in Chicago for families. Restaurants, entertainment venues, and novelty shops galore also dot the surrounding district.
The hotel rooms of the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile are decorated in a tasteful French art de Vivre style (including the furnishings). Massive marble bathrooms, minibars, WiFi, and over-the-top duvet feathertop bedding come standard in each unit. The hotel is also pet-friendly and provides pet bowls as well as a pet basket.
Not only are the rooms inspired by French culture, the on-site restaurant (an outdoor terrace restaurant and bar), Café des Architectes, also serves up French dishes and drinks.
Within a short 10-minute drive (or less) lie the Art of Institute of Chicago, the Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and other popular tourist attractions worthy of experiencing while in town. The hotel also offers a convenient shuttle service to certain locations including the major public transportation hubs in the city such as the airport and bus station.
3. Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop – Theatre District
The Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop is located in the Chicago Loop Theatre District. History lovers will enjoy the fact that the hotel itself is located in the Oriental Theatre building.
Facilities include an on-site restaurant and bar (that happens to serve up some amazing local craft beer) open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a business center, guest computers, fitness center, game room, and more.
Within a short distance for the hotel are many interesting sites to see and things to do. The most significant include The Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum (just two miles away) and Millennium Park (five blocks away) but there are numerous novelty shops, entertainment venues, and food-spots in the area as well.
Hotel rooms at Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop feature 49-inch flat-screen HDTVs, a comfortable chair, private bathrooms, large writing desks, and all the other fine amenities you prefer in a great hotel. Many of the rooms even include a fancy lounge area with comfortable seating.
If you plan on visiting parks, museums, or other famous Chicago tourist attractions, Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop is a great pick for you and your family.
4. The Whitehall Hotel – East Delaware Place
If you and the family are interested in visiting and lodging in the East Delaware Place area of Chicago, the Whitehall Hotel is a fine choice for a place to kick up your heels. A luxury boutique hotel, the place is steeped in historic charm with a modern touch of comfort and style.
Rooms come with WiFi, private bathrooms, on-site Italian fine dining, Egyptian cotton linens, goose down comforters, marble bathrooms, granite counters, and plenty more. These fine amenities are not for VIP rooms, or suites only, they come standard in each room of the hotel.
If you are interested in art or history, there are few better settings than the Whitehall Hotel. It is located less than two miles from all of Chicago’s main attractions. That said, many interesting sites and things to do are located between five and ten-minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Families interested in seeing the Navy Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art, Water Tower Place will enjoy lodging at Whitehall Hotel. Those traveling with children, or pets, will especially enjoy the close proximity to Millenium Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
5. River Hotel – Chicago Loop
Situated downtown along the Chicago loop, is the ever-popular River Hotel. A four-star boutique hotel, for families interested in Chicago’s parks, major attractions, old town neighborhoods, art, and museums, the location is prime.
Millennium Park, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, and many other of the city’s main attractions are within a quick walk or short five to ten-minute drive from the hotel. Located directly on the Chicago River, it’s a great pick for family lodging if you plan to take walks and enjoy the city’s river.
Rooms at the River Hotel are modern and stylish with a great deal of custom furniture and features. iPod docking stations, high-quality bedding, flat-screen HDTV, and kitchenettes are among some of the amenities of the hotel rooms.
The hotel facilities themselves include an impressive fitness center, state-of-the-art shared lounge with TV, top-notch meeting spaces, 24-hour concierge services, and of course room service with a plethora of options on the menu (including grocery deliveries right to your room).
This hotel is well-equipped and rated for disabled guests. The facility includes a lift, ramps, and knowledgeable staff who is ready and willing to make your family’s stay as convenient and comfortable as possible.
6. Central Loop Hotel – Chicago Loop
The Central Loop Hotel is another great family-sized lodging option in Chicago located along the Loop. Only three city blocks down the road from Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many of the finest restaurants, bars, and novelty shops in the city.
Each of the rooms comes with high-end workstations, WiFi, chairs, down duvets, pillow-top mattresses, private bathrooms, and plenty of intriguing custom pieces of furniture. Exercise equipment, air purifiers, extra beds, and chairs are available as well.
The hotel has an on-site pub and restaurant that serves classic American and British Cuisine. The classy establishment also serves popular local beer, imported draft beer, and single malt scotch.
Facilities include a 24-hour gym and fitness center, a business center and meeting area, lobby, friendly help desk, coffee maker, and more. The hotel may not be as luxurious as others on the list, but it is just as comfortable and well suited for families.
7. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago – Chicago Loop
One of the best family hotels in the Lakeshore East neighborhood along the Chicago Loop is the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, situated in the luxurious and modern Aqua building.
Offering one-of-a-kind location, as well as views of the beautiful Lake Michigan and the surrounding area (which is rather scenic). Millennium Park itself is only a short five-minute walk away from the hotel.
A real luxury hotel, the rooms offer up everything from complimentary WiFi to plush beds, exquisite style, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and much more. Outside of the rooms themselves, the rest of the hotel is extremely accommodating as well.
Facilities of the hotel include an outdoor pool with seasonal sundeck, fire pits, health club, indoor pool, sauna, track, gym, lobby, coffee, and concierge services as well. The staff is knowledgeable about the area and multi-lingual to boot.
There’s also a lovely Italian restaurant on-site that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a laid-back albeit “upscale” environment. The place serves cocktails as well, of course, as what hotel restaurant would be complete without them.
8. Hyatt Place Chicago River North – River North
Always a classy choice for families traveling to or through the Windy City, Hyatt Place Chicago River North is located right in the middle of a whole lot of action and attractions.
The hotel sits with a few city blocks of popular shopping centers, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions such as Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, River North, and others. Speaking of all the shopping and eating options, the hotel also features an on-site restaurant and on-site 24-hour market as well.
Each of the rooms comes with modern amenities such as 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs, work desks, private bathrooms, seating areas and more.
The hotel has a genuinely massive 2,500 square foot fitness center with plenty of equipment and space to work out. It also has a state-of-the-art business meeting room, lobby, and other high-quality facilities.
Families visiting Chicago with plans to attend a live event, stroll in Millennium Park, or catch a big-league baseball game at Wrigley Field should consider the Hyatt Place Chicago River North.
9. Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile – Streeterville
A great family lodging option in the Streeterville area of Chicago is the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. The hotel is top-notch, located in the heart of things, and offers some of the greatest facilities (and views of the city) of all the hotels on our list.
Situated less than two city blocks from novelty shops, restaurants, pubs, and other attractions, you can’t get much closer to all that you’ve come to see and experience in Chicago.
The hotel features a ballroom, a lounge, indoor pool, restaurant, large and impressive business center, and meeting space, as well as a gym and other amenities. The Navy Pier and Chicago City Center are less than a 10-minute walk away as well.
The hotel rooms themselves come with amazing views of the Chicago skyline as well as all the best amenities. Rooms include large flat-screen TVs with more channels than you can shake a stick at, gorgeous private bathrooms, living rooms, plush furnishing, and plenty of extra options.
If you’re planning to explore sites such as Millennium Park or Shedd Aquarium, or other attractions specifically along Michigan Avenue, the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile is an excellent lodging accommodation selection for you and your family.
10. Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront – Chicago Loop
Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront, along the Chicago Loop, is located in the perfect area for vacationing families to take advantage of the best that Chicago has to offer. In less than five-minutes walking distance you’re immersed in more shopping, dining, and entertainment on the Magnificent Mile than you can imagine.
Even more, the rooms of the hotel boast some pretty amazing views of the Chicago River and surrounding area as well as all modern amenities and plush furnishings. Rooms include iPod stations, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, private bathrooms, and coffee makers just to name a few of the standard room amenities.
The hotel houses a lively meeting space, spa, ballroom, and business center. They also have a calm lobby with knowledgeable staff and help-desk. There is also an American tavern with a great view of the river for guests to enjoy meals and drinks morning, noon, and night.
The Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront is one of the best family hotels in Chicago for families interested in art, history, and culture as plenty of museums and parks are surrounding the area.
11. Hyatt Regency Chicago – Chicago Loop
The Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel is perched along the shores of the scenic Chicago River. It is located a short walk from some of Chicago’s most renowned features such as Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, and some of the finest restaurants and clubs in town.
Speaking of dining and drinking, there are plenty of on-site dining options available at the restaurant if you and your family prefer to have meals together and away from the crowded touristy food spots. Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi, Market Chicago, Starbucks Coffee (open 24-hours), BIG Bar, and American Craft Kitchen are among the guest’s favorite in-house eateries that call the Hyatt Regency Chicago home.
There is also a spa for the ladies and a state-of-the-art fitness center and a laundry and dry cleaning service available. Concierge service, in-room-dining, and many more services are available to guests as well.
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency are equipped with high-end flat-screen TVs with tons of channels to choose from, iPod docking stations, private bathrooms, WiFi, comfortable furnishing, and more.
If your family is into exploring parks, local attractions, taste testing food and drinks at numerous establishments.
Chicago Hyatt Regency is a 10 minutes’ walk from the Chicago Theater District. The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry are within 1.6 km.
Chicago Loop is a great choice for travelers interested in parks, architecture, and museums. This hotel is also one of the most foreign-language-friendly in the city, speaking over 20 languages.
12. Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile – River North
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is located in River North. It is one of the most luxurious family-friendly hotels in Chicago, by most guest’s accounts. The facilities include top-notch amenities including fitness centers, comfortable lobby, and meeting spaces.
The rooms may not be as impressive at first glance (as other family hotels on this list), but don’t let it fool you; they are just as comfortable and full of features. Free WiFi, private bathrooms, mini-fridges, work desks, chairs, 32-inch LCD TVs with premium programs, a coffee maker and more come standard in each room. Extras are available upon request.
There is a gourmet to-go food spot in the hotel, the Reviver, which is upon 24-hours a day. The place is great for family meals at any time of the day or night. It has half a dozen plasma TVs, a great sound system, and tons of food options (everything from craft beer and cocktails to crab legs).
A Starbucks is also situated in the hotel’s lobby, and in-room dining services are also available around the clock. So, you’ll never have to worry about food or drink options.
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is a fantastic choice for large families, especially those meeting for events such as weddings or reunions. The meeting and event space in the hotel is over 68,000 square feet, plenty of room for everyone.