Unless you enjoy sitting in absolute silence after your kids go to sleep, you’ll need a suite. Chicago has a wide range of hotels that offer this amenity, some more extravagant than others. Rates vary widely depending on date and occupancy.
Embassy Suites downtown
Accommodations: The reliable casual chain that was built for families (i.e. the suites).
For kids: The American Girl package takes advantage of the popular doll store located just a few blocks away. Each little girl — and her doll — get special slumber party amenities: a check-in catered to them, doll-sized travel bed (that can be taken home), turndown service for the girl and her doll, plus in-suite movie, popcorn, sweet and salty snacks and juice.
Price: Starting at $244 a night.
600 N. State St.; 1-312-943-3800; www.embassysuiteschicago.com
Accommodations: Boutique-style on the park with hipster amenities, including buzzy restaurant, coffee bar and rooftop lounge.
For kids: Spacious suites, cribs, and a short walk to the free zoo and beach. Sometimes offering a zoo package or a Cubs package.
Price: Starting at $269.
1816 N. Clark St.; 1-312-254-4700; http://tinyurl.com/ou4tu9x
Accommodations: Top of the line on the Magnificent Mile.
For kids: The “Lil’ James” package comes with DVDs, books, board games, Nintendo Wii, bikes and even milk-and-cookie turndown service.
Price: Starting at $300.
55 E. Ontario St.; 1-312-337-1000; www.jameshotels.com
Accommodations: Kimpton boutique experience right in downtown.
For kids: Young guests are presented with a Kimpton Kids welcome gift upon arrivals. In the room, animal print robes are available for loan or purchase. And don’t forget to get a kid-friendly mocktail in the evening.
Price: Starting at $323.
505 N. State St.; 1-312-755-9703; www.hotelpalomar-chicago.com
Accommodations: Euro-style luxury with a massive footprint near the Navy Pier.
For kids: The themed kid-friendly suites offer an adjoining room, decked out with kiddie tables, coloring books, video games, stuffed animals and other fun stuff. Museum tickets are also included.
Price: Starting at $659.
323 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; 1-312-565-0565; www.swissotel.com/chicago